TABLE OF CONTENTS I. FINDING AN EDUCATION JOB IN IDAHO 1 II. BECOMING CERTIFIED IN IDAHO 4 III. RENEWING, REVISING, AND REINSTATING IDAHO CERTIFICATION 7 IV. ETHICS AND THE IDAHO TEACHING PROFESSION 9 V. THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE 11 VI. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE AND TEACHING AREA ENDORSEMENTS 16 VII. THE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE 22 VIII. PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES CERTIFICATE 25 IX. STANDARD/ADVANCED EXCEPTIONAL CHILD CERTIFICATES AND RELATED ENDORSEMENTS 29 X. LIMITED AND ALTERNATE ROUTE CERTIFICATES 34 XI. CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATORS 39 APPENDIX A: CODE OF ETHICS OF THE IDAHO TEACHING PROFESSION GLOSSARY
I. FINDING AN EDUCATION JOB IN IDAHO
Each Idaho school district advertises its own vacancies and maintains its own employment procedures. District vacancies are often listed with college or university placement centers or with the Idaho Department of Employment. Questions about openings and salaries should be addressed to school districts.
IDAHO TEACHER PLACEMENT CENTERS
University of Idaho Lewis-Clark State College Career Planning & Placement Center Career Planning & Placement Center Moscow, ID 83843 Lewiston, ID 83501 Telephone: (208) 885-6121 Telephone: (208) 799-2313 Idaho State University Northwest Nazarene College Career Planning & Placement Center Teacher Placement Campus Box 8108 Nampa, ID 83686 Pocatello, ID 83209 Telephone: (208) 476-8258 Telephone: (208) 236-2380 Boise State University Albertson College of Idaho Career Planning & Placement Teacher Placement Service 1910 University Drive Caldwell, ID 83605 Boise, ID 83725 Telephone: (208) 459-5534 Telephone: (208) 385-1747 State Department of Employment Teacher Placement Service Employment Programs Section 317 Main Street Boise, ID 83735-0001 Telephone: (208) 334-6138
All applicants for Idaho professional education credentials must:
RECENT CREDIT REQUIREMENT (NON-EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT)
An initial Idaho credential can be held only if applicants have completed six semester credit hours (or nine quarter hours) in the last five calendar years. Official transcripts verifying the credit must be provided with the application. Coursework may be in any area and at any level except remedial courses.
INTERSTATE CERTIFICATION COMPACT
If applicants have completed a teacher training program in the following states within the last five calendar years or have taught three of the last seven years in one of these states, provisions of the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC) may apply. The ICC covers only elementary and secondary classroom teachers. The Idaho requirement of recent credit must have been completed for the ICC terms to be in effect in Idaho. Idaho educators may expect reciprocity in any of the states listed below, provided any non-educational requirements of the other state(s) have been met. The ICC states are: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
STRATEGIES FOR ESTABLISHING INITIAL
Idaho credentials are issued for a five-year cycle beginning September 1 of the year issued and expiring September 1 of the appropriate year unless otherwise specified. As applications are reviewed, the Teacher Certification staff attempts to establish certification in the most direct way possible. The hierarchy of strategies follows.
Applicant qualifies for regular Idaho certification (five-year period).
Applicant qualifies for regular Idaho elementary or secondary classroom certification (five-year period) under provisions of the interstate Certification Compact (ICC).
Applicant qualifies for Idaho Endorsement of Out-of-State Certificate IF a valid credential from another state is held and deficiencies exist for Idaho certification.
Applicant does not currently qualify for Idaho certification under any of the strategies outlined above, but will receive an evaluation of deficiencies. Such applications are held for two years during which time deficiencies can be addressed. When all deficiencies have been addressed, the regular Idaho credential will be issued (five-year period) at no additional cost.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to have all required certification materials submitted together in one packet. Applicants who carefully prepare their application packets using the following guidelines will receive their certificates in the least amount of time. An application will not be evaluated until all materials have been received. A complete packet should consist of these items:
The actual forms on which to apply for Idaho certification are include in Appendix B: Application for an Idaho Teaching Credential, Institutional Recommendation, and Professional Experience Report. If more than one form is needed, the forms may be reproduced. Completed application materials should be mailed to:
PHONE: (208) 334-3475
Specific requirements exist to keep Idaho credentials renewed, to revise existing credentials, and to reinstate Idaho credentials which have lapsed. The applicant is responsible for notifying Teacher Certification of a change of address.
A. THE RENEWAL PROCESS
All regular Idaho credentials must be renewed every five years to remain valid. Application for renewal must be made on forms supplied by the Teacher Certification office. The renewal application and $35 fee may be sent anytime between January 1 and September 30 of the year in which the certificate expires. Official transcripts must be attached which verify completion of at least six semester credit hours (nine quarter hours) within the period of the credential being renewed. For Idaho area educators, up to three semester credits (45 clock hours) of approved Idaho district in service participation may apply toward the total requirement of six semester credits. Coursework is accepted at the 100 level or above if it appears for credit on an official transcript from an accredited college or university. Correspondence and independent study credits on official transcripts are also accepted. Transcripts become part of the permanent record and will not be returned.
If credit for renewal is earned during the summer prior to the September 1 expiration date of a credential, expect official transcripts to be unavailable until mid-fall. A completed application and renewal fee of $35 can be sent prior to September 1 with a note stating that the transcript(s) will come later. While a renewed credential will not be issued until the proof of six semester credits arrives, it will not lapse if coursework was completed prior to September 1 and the application is received prior to December 31.
B. THE REVISION PROCESS
If new certificates and endorsements need to be added to an existing Idaho credential, revisions can be made at any time during the five-year period of the credential. A completed application or written request specifying the revision to be made must be accompanied by a $15 revision fee. Official transcripts supporting the revision must also be sent, if not already on file. Revisions related to Administrator, pupil Personnel Services, and Exceptional Child certificates require institutional recommendations, verification of experience, and verification of competencies in some cases.
If revisions or additions to an Idaho credential are requested at the time the credential is being renewed, the revisions or additions can be made at no cost, provided the applicant meets the standard involved.
C. THE REINSTATEMENT PROCESS
When a valid Idaho credential has been allowed to expire, the applicant for reinstatement must meet current education standards for the certificates and endorsements requested. The applicant must also meet the current non-education requirement of six semester credit hours earned within the last five calendar years. If deficiencies for certification exist, a written evaluation will be sent. The application for reinstatement will be held for up to two years during which time deficiencies can be addressed. The reinstated Idaho credential can then be issued, at no further cost, for a five-year period.
D. OBTAINING DUPLICATES
Duplicates of valid certificates are available for $4 upon written request of the holder.
IV. ETHICS AND THE IDAHO TEACHING PROFESSION
Professional educators employed in publicly funded schools are required by Idaho law to hold an Idaho professional education credential. The State Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Professional Standards Commission, may refuse to issue an Idaho credential to any applicant "for such reason as would have constituted grounds for revoking a certificate," as stated in Idaho Code, 33-1202. Appeals related to certification may be made to the Professional Standards Commission. The Professional Standards Commission reviews complaints and allegations; appoints hearing panels when appropriate; and makes recommendation to the State Board of Education consistent with rules and regulations established by the Commission.
Idaho Code, 33-1208 provides that a valid Idaho credential may be revoked because of any of the following grounds:
The application for Idaho Teaching Credential form requires each applicant to respond to two questions about prior certification irregularities or legal convictions (other than minor traffic violations). That specific section of the application form is reprinted below exactly as it appears on the form.
Have you ever had a teaching certificate revoked, suspended or denied, or have you voluntarily relinquished a teaching certificate to avoid revocation proceedings in Idaho or another state?
Have you ever been adjudicated guilty in a court of law of an offense other than a minor traffic violation? (If answer if YES to either of the above, attach an explanation of the circumstances.)
By your signature upon this application, you attest and affirm that all statements made on this application are true and correct according to your knowledge and belief. You further attest and affirm that you have and will abide by Idaho Code and State Board of Education rules and regulations relative to the responsibility and conduct of certificated Idaho educators. Entry of false information on this application could result in denial of your application or revocation of your certificate.
Applicants who indicate that previous teaching certificates have been revoked, suspended, denied or voluntarily relinquished are required to attach explanations of the circumstances. Applicants who indicate they have been adjudicated guilty in a court of law are required to attach explanations of the circumstances. If the conviction is not dearly described, the court record will be requested before the certification review process continues.
The Code of Ethics for the Idaho teaching profession was revised in 1989 by the Professional Standards Commission and approved by the State Board of Education. The entire policy is included in Appendix B of this
Under Idaho Code. 33-1208, a violation of the Code of Ethics is a ground for revocation or suspension of one's teaching certificate. An allegation of ethical misconduct may be brought by an Idaho local board of trustees, or by any individual (other than a student of an Idaho public school) who has substantial interest in the matter.
Upon receipt of an allegation, the Executive Committee of the Professional Standards Commission reviews the circumstances of the case and determines whether probable cause exists to warrant filing a complaint against the individual accused of misconduct. If probable cause is found to exist, the Chief Certification Officer file a formal complaint against the accused. Upon a request for a hearing by the accused, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction authorizes the Professional Standards Commission to name a three member panel to hear the charges and to recommend disposition to the State Board of Education. Such hearings are held in compliance with Idaho Code. 32-1209.
V. THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
A. STANDARD ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE
A Standard Elementary Certificate may be issued by the State Board of Education to any person who has a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meets the following requirements.
A Standard Elementary Certificate is valid in grades one through eight in elementary school and in grades seven through nine when these grades are included in the secondary school unit, provided the holder of such a certificate meets the minimum requirements of credit in a subject area as established for a secondary certificate when teaching that subject in grade nine.
An elementary certificate may be endorsed for teaching kindergarten provided the holder has had student teaching in grades K, 1, 2 or 3, or has had at least one year of teaching experience in grades K, 1, 2 or 3 within the preceding five years, and has the recommendation for this endorsement from a superintendent or principal verifying competency for kindergarten teaching.
B. ADVANCED ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE
The requirements for an Advanced Elementary Certificate are as follows:
C. STANDARD K-3 CERTIFICATE
A Standard K-3 Elementary Certificate may be issued by the State Board of Education to any person who has a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meets the following requirements (no endorsements are attached to this certificate):
The elective courses should, when possible, relate to home and family life, nutrition of young children, literature and story telling, music, arts and crafts, child psychology, mental hygiene, language development, speech problems, and audio-visual teaching.
D. ADVANCED K-3 CERTIFICATE
An Advanced K-3 Certificate requires eligibility for the Standard K-3 Elementary Certificate and a master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major K-primary elementary education or an approved Fifth Year Program of study from an accredited college or university with a major in K-primary elementary education.
E. ELEMENTARY MUSIC SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE K-8
An Elementary Music Specialist Certificate may be issued by the State Board of Education to any person who has a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university and' meets the following specific requirements:
This certificate is valid for teaching only music K-8.
ENDORSEMENTS ON STANDARD/ADVANCED ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATES (K-8 or K-3; 1-8)
An elementary school certificate may be endorsed for teaching music, art, physical education, reading, foreign language and English as a second language in the secondary school when the teacher has completed three semester credits in secondary school methods in the areas of the endorsement or has three semester hours earned through directed teaching of the subject at the secondary level, and meets the academic qualifications for the subject area. Requirements for these endorsements are described in Subject Area Endorsements for Secondary Teachers, pp.17-21.
Driver Education, Education Media Generalist (Library), and Vocational Special Needs endorsements can also be added to an elementary certificate. Requirements for these endorsements are described in Subject Area Endorsements for Secondary Teachers, pp. 17-21 and in XI (Vocational Standards).
CERTIFICATES ENDORSEMENTS COMMENTS Standard K-3 (page 12) All subjects K-3 Limits teaching to grades K-3 Advanced K-3 (page 13) All subjects K-3 Limits teaching to grades K-3 Early Childhood (page 15) Identifies preparation for pre-K and primary grades Early Childhood-Special Required to teach young Education (required 9/1/94) handicapped children ages 3-5 (page 14) Restricted Early Childhood- Required of uncertified H & W Special Education (required by professionals to teach young 9-1-94) (page 39) handicapped children ages 3-5
1. Early Childhood - Special Education Endorsement (Required by 09-01-94)
Persons who already hold Standard or Advanced Elementary Certificates or the Standard or Advanced Exceptional Child Certificate may hold the Early Childhood - Special Education endorsement by fulfilling the following requirements. A minimum of twenty semester credit hours of coursework in the education of the preschool handicapped child. The credits are to relate to: psychological and physiological development of all preschool children; sociological concepts dealing with the development of self-concept and group responsibility;, causes and characteristics of exceptionalities; language development and disorders, adaptation of curricular materials, family characteristics of the child with a handicap; family services; assessment procedures in early childhood special education and other topics relating to Early Childhood - Special Education. This endorsement allows the holder to teach young handicapped children ages three to five. It does not allow the holder to teach in special education K-12 settings. Persons who do not hold one of the above certificates but qualify otherwise may hold the Restricted Early Child-Special Education Certificate. In order to apply for this restricted five-year certificate, complete the application for an Idaho credential form (Appendix B) and send a $35 fee.
2. Early Childhood Endorsement (Pre-K - Primary)
Persons who already hold Standard/Advanced Elementary Certificates or Standard/Advanced K-3 Certificates may hold this endorsement by fulfilling the requirements below.
Twenty semester credit hours distributed to include coursework in the following:
VI. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE AND SUBJECT AREA ENDORSEMENTS
A. STANDARD SECONDARY CERTIFICATE 6-12
A Standard Secondary Certificate may be issued by the State Board of Education to any person who has a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meets the following specific requirements.
ADVANCED SECONDARY CERTIFICATE 6-12
The requirements for an Advanced Secondary Certificate follow.
C. ENDORSEMENTS FOR SECONDARY SUBJECT AREAS Idaho secondary schools may include high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools; the range of grades includes 6-12. Secondary certificates and endorsed for subject areas appropriate to Idaho secondary schools. Endorsements require thirty semester credits for a teaching field major and twenty semester credits for a teaching field minor, or forty-five semester credits for a single teaching field. A secondary certificate which is endorsed for teaching music, art, physical education, reading, a foreign language, and English as a second language in the secondary school may be endorsed to permit teaching in the elementary school when the teacher has completed three semester credits in elementary school methods in the area of the endorsement or has three semester credit hours earned through directed teaching of the subject at the elementary school level.
An official statement of competency in a teaching area or field may be accepted in lieu of courses for a teaching major or minor. Such statements must originate in the department or division of the accredited college or university in which the competency is established and be approved by the director of teacher education of the recommending college or university.
Specific Endorsements on Standard Secondary/Advanced Secondary Certificates
Agriculture (General or Voc. 6-12) Industrial Arts Art 6-12 or K-12 Industrial Arts 6-12 Arts and Crafts 6-12 Drafting 6-12 Electricity/Electronics 6-12 Business Education Basic Business 6-12 Industrial Technology (General and Voc.) 6-12 Business Ed. 6-12 Math Voc. Business Ed. 6-12 Basic 6-12 Marketing Ed. 6-12 Standard 6-12 Voc. Marketing Ed. 6-12 Music K-12 or 6-12 Computer Applications Philosophy 6-12 Consumer Economics 6-12 Physical Ed./Health Driver Ed. 6-12 Physical Ed./Health 6-12 Ed. Media Generalist K-12 Physical Ed. 6-12 (Library) Physical Ed. K-12 English and Related Areas Health Ed. 6-12 English 6-12 Psychology 6-12 Journalism 6-12 Reading 6-12 or K-12 Speech 6-12 Sciences Communications 6-12 Natural Science 6-12 Speech/Drama 6-12 Biological Science 6-12 Dramatics 6-12 Physical Science 6-12 Debate 6-12 Chemistry 6-12 English as a Second Language 6-12 or K-12 Physics 6-12 Foreign Language 6-12 or K-12 Earth Science 6-12 Spanish Social Studies French Social Studies 6-12 German History 6-12 Latin American Government 6-12 Russian Political Science 6-12 American Indian Geography 6-12 Greek Economics 6-12 Health (See Physical Education) Sociology 6-12 Home Economics (General and Voc.) Anthropology 6-12 Home Economics 6-12 Sociology/Anthropology 6-12 Humanities American Studies 6-12 Vocational Special Needs
Requirements which follow are based on a minimum of twenty semester credits (a teaching minor) unless otherwise specified. Subject areas are arranged alphabetically.
AGRICULTURE 6-12 cooperative programs. Additional work shall be selected from other business courses. Credits in agriculture to include courses in Teaching assignments possible: Distributive plant science, soil science, animal science, Education, Marketing Education. (See XI. agricultural business management, and Vocational Certification Standards.) agricultural mechanics. Teaching assignment possible: General Agriculture. (See XI. for Marketing Education 6-12 Vocational Certification Standards.) (Effective 9-1-93) Credits to include coursework in each of the ART following fields: marketing, management, Art 6-12 merchandising/retailing, economics, Credits in art department coursework. An coordination of cooperative programs, and elementary art methods course is required for curriculum and materials in marketing K-12 endorsement. Teaching assignments education. Additional work shall be selected possible: Art 6-12; Art K-12. from other business courses. Arts and Crafts 6-12 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS Credits to include work in four of the following No endorsement standard exists. The areas: woodworking, drafting, ceramics, leather endorsement reflects competence and/or work, plastics, the graphic arts, and art metal. coursework completion related to computer Teaching assignments possible: Arts and uses in educational settings. Crafts; Art. CONSUMER ECONOMICS 6-12 BUSINESS EDUCATION Basic Business 6-12 Have an endorsement in Social Studies, Home Credits in business administration, accounting, Economics, Business Education, Agriculture, business law, and economics. Additional Basic Business or Marketing and have not credits may be selected from business, fewer than nine semester hours to include six computer or marketing courses. Teaching semester credit hours in economics and three assignments possible: General Business; semester credit hours in a course designed for Bookkeeping; Accounting; Business Law. the average consumer. Teaching assignments possible: Consumer Economics; Economics. Business Education 6-12 Credits in business education to include at DRIVER EDUCATION least 14 semester credit hours in business education with credits in each of the following: Have four semester credit hours which shall keyboard/typewriting, accounting and office consist of not less than two semester credit procedures. In addition, a minimum of at least hours in basic driver education for teachers, six semester credits shall be selected from and followed by not less than two semester business, economics, computer and/or credit hours in courses such as advanced driver marketing courses. Teaching assignments education, general safety education, traffic possible: All business courses. (See XI. for engineering, driving simulator education, and Vocational Certification Standards.) highway transportation. Have three years of satisfactory driving experience immediately Marketing Education (6-12) preceding the time of teaching as evidenced by (Expires 9-1-95) the State Department of Transportation, Credits to include work in each of the Motor Vehicle Division. Teaching assignment following fields: marketing, management, possible: Driver Training. merchandising, economics, and coordination of Page 18 EDUCATION MEDIA GENERALIST K-12 Journalism 6-12 Not less than sixteen semester credit hours in Not less than twenty semester credit hours in journalism, the remainder, if any, be in English the general field of educational media (or OR hold an English endorsement with at least library science), at least fifteen hours of which six semester credit hours in journalism. must be in the areas of material selection and Teaching assignments possible with this collection development, organization and endorsement: Journalism, Publications. administration of educational materials, library automation and information technology research methods, and literature written for Speech 6-12 or Communication 6-12 youth. Teaching assignments possible: Library. Not less than twenty semester credit hours to include methods of teaching speech ENGLISH AND RELATED AREAS communication, and coursework in at least English 6-12 four of the following fields: interpersonal (Expires 9-1-96) communication/human relations, public Credits to include at least six semester credits speaking, nonverbal communication, group of composition, must have course credit in communication, argumentation/persuasion, advanced composition; three semester credits and drama/theater arts OR hold an English of American literature; three semester credits endorsement with at least twelve semester of English literature, and a course in writing credit hours in speech communication, with methods for teachers. The remainder must be coursework to include methods of teaching English courses such as linguistics, grammar, speech communication, public speaking, and modern literature, classical literature, creative interpersonal communication/human relations. writing, advanced writing, mythology or Teaching assignments possible: Speech, folklore. In compliance with the above, at Communication, Debate. least twenty semester credit hours must be taken in the English Department for an Speech/Drama 6-12 English minor endorsement. Teaching Credits spread over both fields with not less assignments possible: English, Secondary than six semester credit hours in each. Language Arts, Grammar, Literature, Teaching assignments possible with this Composition, Creative Writing. endorsement: Speech, Communication, Debate, Drama. ENGLISH 6-12 (Effective 4-8-94) FOREIGN LANGUAGE 6-12 or K-12 Credits in English to include six semester credits in composition, excluding the Credits must be in the language in which an introductory composition sequence designed to endorsement is sought. Teaching assignments meed the general education requirements, possible are specific to language and level three semester credits of linguistics or requested. grammar, three semester credits of American literature survey, three semester credits of HEALTH EDUCATION 6-12 English literature, and a course in Writing Methods for Teachers. The remainder must be English courses such as modern literature, Twenty semester credit hours to include classical literature, creative writing, advanced coursework in: organization, administration writing, mythology, folklore or ethnic or and methodology in health and science minority literature. applicable to health. A minimum of twelve semester credits must be earned in at least Drama 6-12 four of the following areas: mental health; Not less than sixteen semester credit hours in fitness/wellness and nutrition; substance use drama. The remainder to be in speech, OR and abuse; human sexuality;, disease; safety and hold an English endorsement with at least six accident prevention; community and semester credit hours in drama. Teaching environmental health; consumer health; and assignment possible: Drama. aging, death and dying. Teaching assignment possible: Health 6-12 Page 19 HOME ECONOMICS Standard Mathematics 6-12 General Home Economics 6-12 Credits in mathematics to include coursework Credits to include work in each of the in calculus and analytical geometry. The following: human development; family studies; remainder may be selected from courses such clothing and textiles; housing; furnishings and as abstract algebra or linear algebra, equipment; food and nutrition; consumer probability and/or statistics, and geometry. education and management of personal and Teaching assignments possible: all secondary family resources. Teaching assignments math courses. possible: General Home Economics, Child Development, Family Living. (See XI. for MUSIC Vocational Certification Standards.) Music 6-12 or K-12 Credits to include work in theory and HUMANITIES 6-12 harmony, applied music (voice, piano, organ, band and orchestra instruments), history and The Humanities Endorsement is required only appreciation, conducting, and music methods for those teachers assigned to teach and materials. Teaching assignments possible: interdisciplinary humanities. Those teachers Music 6-12, Music K-12, Vocal Music, must have an endorsement in English or Instrumental Music. history and have six semester credits in each of two of the following areas excluding the PHYSICAL EDUCATION endorsement area(s) and exclusive of studio or Physical Education 6-12 or K-12 performance credits: art, drama, English, Credits to include not fewer than twenty foreign languages, history, humanities, music or semester credit hours distributed in each of the philosophy. following areas: sport skills, movement (motor behavior, motor development, motor learning), INDUSTRIAL ARTS/TECHNOLOGY exercise science (exercise physiology or Industrial Arts 6-12 kinesiology), sport psychology and/or sport Credits to include not less than fifteen sociology, health, administration, evaluation, semester credit hours distributed over and and methodology, including work with special including each of the areas of metalwork, populations. Elementary P.E. methods woodwork, electricity, and drafting. The required for K-12 endorsement. Teaching remainder may be in allied areas. Teaching assignment possible: Physical Education. assignments possible: Industrial Arts, Drafting. PSYCHOLOGY 6-12 Industrial Technology 6-12 Credits to include not fewer than twenty Twenty semester credits in psychology semester credit hours distributed in each of the department coursework. Teaching assignment following areas: communication technology, possible: Psychology. manufacturing, construction and power/energy and transportation, principles of technology, READING 6-12 or K-12 electronics, and computer applications. Teaching assignments possible with Twenty semester credit hours to include a endorsements: Industrial Technology, minimum of fifteen semester credit hours Manufacturing; Principles of Technology. (Sec reading with coursework in each of the XI. for Vocational Certification Standards.) following areas: foundations of/or developmental reading; content area reading; MATHEMATICS corrective/diagnostic/remedial reading; Basic Mathematics 6-12 psycholinguistics/language development and Credits in mathematics to include college reading; and literature for children or credits in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. adolescents. The remainder may be taken Teaching assignments possible with from related areas. Teaching assignments endorsements: General Math, Algebra I, possible: Reading, Remedial Reading. Consumer Math, Computer Math or Applied Math. Page 20 SCIENCES credit hours of comparative government. The Biological Science 6-12 remaining work is to be in history and political Credits distributed in the areas of botany and science. Teaching assignments possible: zoology, including at least six semester credit American Government, Political Science, and hours in each. Some work in physiology is American Studies. recommended. Teaching assignments possible: Biological Science, Life Science, Ecology. Anthropology 6-12 Chemistry 6-12. Twenty semester credits through anthropology Twenty semester credits. through Chemistry department. Teaching assignment possible: department. Teaching assignments possible: Anthropology. Chemistry. Economics 6-12 Earth Science 6-12 Twenty semester credits through economics Twenty semester credits through earth science, department. Teaching assignments astronomy or geology departments. Teaching possible: Economics, Consumer Economics. assignments possible: Earth Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Space Science. Geography 6-12 Twenty semester credits through geography Natural Science 6-12. department. Teaching assignment possible: Twenty semester credits to include not less Geography. than six semester credit hours in each of the following areas: biological science, physical History 6-12. science, and earth science. The remainder Not less than nine semester credit hours in shall be selected from any of the natural United States history and not less than science areas. The following interpretations three semester credit hours in American are made: biological science credits may come government. Up to three semester credit through the following departments - Biology, hours of history of a state or region of the Botany and/or Zoology;, physical science United States may apply toward the United credits may come through the following States history requirements. The remaining departments - Physical Science, Chemistry or work is to be in history and political science. Physics; earth science credits may come Teaching assignments possible: American through the following departments -Earth History, History. Science, Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography or Environmental Science. Teaching Social Studies 6-12 assignments possible: all secondary science Credits to include not less than six semester areas. credit hours in U.S. history and not less than three semester credit hours in American Physical Science 6-12 government. In addition, work in at least four Twenty semester credit hours to include at of the following fields to be represented: least eight semester credits in chemistry and world history, geography, sociology, economics, eight semester credit hours in physics. anthropology and political science. Teaching Teaching assignments possible: Physical assignments possible: All secondary Social Science, Chemistry, Physics. Studies subjects. Physics 6-12 Sociology, 6-12 Twenty semester credits through physics Twenty semester credit hours through department. Teaching assignments possible: sociology department. Teaching assignment Physics. possible: Sociology. SOCIAL STUDIES American Government 6-12 Not less than six semester credit hours in American government, six semester credit hours in American history and three semester Page 21
VII. THE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE
Every person who serves as a superintendent, a secondary school principal, or a principal of an elementary school with eight or more teachers (including the principal), or is assigned administrative duties over and above those commonly assigned to teachers, is required to hold an Administrator Certificate. The certificate may be endorsed for service as school principal, superintendent, or director of special education. Assistant superintendents are required to hold the superintendent endorsement. Assistant principals or vice-principals are required to hold the principal endorsement. Under new standards (4-8-94), applicants for Director of Special Education endorsement will hold that endorsement on an Administrator Certificate. Possession of an Administrator's Certificate does not entitle the holder to serve as a teacher at a grade level for which he is not qualified with a standard certificate.
A. THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL ENDORSEMENT K-8 (Expires 9-1-96)
To be eligible for an Administrator Certificate endorsed for Elementary School Principal, grades K-8, a candidate must have satisfied all of the following requirements:
B. THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL ENDORSEMENT 6-12 (Expires 9-1-96)
To be eligible for an Administrator Certificate endorsed for Secondary School Principal, grades 6-12, a candidate must have satisfied all the following requirements:
C. SCHOOL PRINCIPAL K-12 (Effective 4-8-94)
To be eligible for an Administrator's Certificate endorsed School Principal, kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12), a candidate must have satisfied the following requirements:
D. THE SUPERINTENDENT ENDORSEMENT (Expires 9-1-96)
To be eligible for an Administrator certificate endorsed for Superintendent, a candidate must have satisfied all the following requirements:
E. THE SUPERINTENDENT ENDORSEMENT (Effective 4-8-94)
To be eligible for an Administrator certificate endorsed for Superintendent, a candidate must have satisfied the following requirements:
F. DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT (Effective 4-8-94)
(See page 32 for current standard which expires 9-1-96)
To be eligible for an Administrator certificate endorsed for Director of Special Education K-12, a candidate must have satisfied all the following requirements:
VIII. PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES CERTIFICATE
Persons who serve as school counselors, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, school social workers, school nurses and school audiologists are required to hold the Pupil Personnel Services Certificate, with the respective endorsement(s) for which they qualify. If the certificate is already held, two other endorsements may be added: Director of Special Education and Supervisor/Coordinator of Special Education (see IX. for these endorsement standards). Interim Pupil Personnel Services certificates are available as separate, non-renewable five year certificates for Psychological Examiner and School Nurse.
A. COUNSELOR ENDORSEMENTS
The Advanced Counselor Endorsement is valid for five years and is renewable. To be eligible for a Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed Advanced Counselor K-12, a candidate must have satisfied the following requirements.
B. PSYCHOLOGIST ENDORSEMENTS
An Idaho Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed for Psychological Examiner is valid for five years and is not renewable.
C. SCHOOL NURSE ENDORSEMENTS
A School Nurse endorsement on the Interim Pupil Personnel Certificate can be issued for licensed Idaho nurses who lack experience with school populations K-12 and may also lack recent credit. This interim certificate is valid for five years and is not renewable. If experience with school populations K-12 has been verified and other school nurse endorsement standards are met (including recent credit), the holder may replace the Interim Pupil Personnel Certificate with the Pupil Personnel Certificate: School Nurse when the Interim expires.
D. SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ENDORSEMENT
E. STANDARD AUDIOLOGY ENDORSEMENT
F. SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER ENDORSEMENT
Holders of this certificate work with children who have been identified as having an educational handicap. Endorsements which can be held with the Exceptional Child Certificate include: Generalist; Hearing Impaired; Visually Handicapped; Physically Handicapped; Multiple Handicapped; Severe Retardation; Seriously Emotionally Disturbed; Consulting Teacher; and Early Childhood-Special Education. If the Standard or Advanced Exceptional Child Certificate is already held, two other endorsements can be added: Director of Special Education; and Supervisor/Coordinator of Special Education, provided qualifications for the endorsements are met.
A. STANDARD AND ADVANCED EXCEPTIONAL CHILD CERTIFICATES
Applicants for the Standard Exceptional Child Certificate: Generalist (Educationally Handicapped) K-12 must meet the requirements described below. The Generalist K-12 endorsement is non-categorical and allows one to teach in any K-12 special education setting. Regardless of prior special education experience, all initial applicants for the Standard Exceptional Child Certificate: Generalist K-12 must provide an institutional recommendation that an approved special education program has been completed; a form is included with other certification forms in Appendix B.
B. RELATED ENDORSEMENTS
These specialization areas may be partially covered through completion of the approved thirty semester credit program required for Standard Exceptional Child: Generalist K-12, with additional courses or practicums to strengthen the specialization area(s). In order to add the specialization area endorsement(s), the college or university must verify that the applicant qualifies on the Institutional Recommendation form included in Appendix B; experience is not considered.
X. LIMITED AND ALTERNATE ROUTE CERTIFICATES
The limited certificates described in this section may be held under the circumstances unique to each. The certificates vary in periods of validity. The fee for each limited certificate is $35.
A. LIMITED CERTIFICATE: APPLIED MUSIC
The purpose is to certify private music instructors in order for students to receive school credit. Certificate is valid for five years and is renewable.
Applicants who possess no formal transcript of college courses to satisfy b., c. and d. (2) may request an examination in any subject desired. Such examination will be prepared and given by an instructor of the requested subject. Such instructor must be faculty member of an Idaho college or university accredited by the State Board of Education.
B. LIMITED CERTIFICATE: BIBLE INSTRUCTION
The purpose is to certify teachers who will instruct in Bible literature and Bible history. Certificate is valid for five years and is renewable.
C. LIMITED CERTIFICATE: MILITARY CERTIFICATE
The purpose is to certify instructors of R.O.T.C. programs in order for students to receive school credit. No State Board Standard exists for this certificate, however documentation of military service and of college or university courses/degrees (on official transcripts) should accompany the application.
D. CONSULTANT SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE
The purpose is to allow Idaho school districts to request limited certification for part-time persons to teach in areas for which they are uniquely qualified. The certificate must be requested by an Idaho school district. It is valid for one year and limited for use in the district which initiates the request.
Application and Review Procedures
E. LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION CERTIFICATE
The purpose is to allow Idaho school districts to request emergency certification when a professional position cannot be filled. Requests for Letters of Authorization for teachers to serve in a position for which the teacher is not fully certified shall be sent to the State Department of Education, Certification Office.
The request and supporting information will be reviewed by a committee of the Professional Standards Commission. Recommendations of that committee will be submitted to the full Commission for recommendation to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education has final authority to approve or disapprove the recommendations of the Professional Standards Commission. An authorization may be requested for one, two or three school years. Authorizations approved for two or three years must be renewed annually, upon completion of a minimum of nine semester hours of credit applicable to the standards for full certification in the area of authorization approval.
The Procedure for submitting a request for a Letter of Authorization as established by the Professional Standards Commission and approved by the State Board of Education is as follows.
F. TEACHER TRAINEE PROGRAM/TEACHER TRAINEE CERTIFICATE
Alternative certification may be considered for persons who have not completed a standard teacher education program. Certificate is valid for two years (non-renewable).
to a classroom assignment; this orientation shall include district policies, procedures, curriculum, instructional model, community characteristics, and resources.
G. RESTRICTED EARLY CHILDHOOD-SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
This limited certificate may be issued only to non-public school employees. It may not be held by applicants already holding or qualifying for Standard Elementary and or Standard Exceptional Child Certificates. The certificate is valid for five years and is renewable. The requirements follow.
H. LIMITED TRANSITIONAL CERTIFICATE
This non-renewable certificate is valid for one year only. The purpose of the certificate is to allow a secondary certified educator (grades 6-12) to teach at elementary levels (K-8) without additional student teaching, or vice versa. Other than the student teaching, all other requirements for the desired certificate must be met. Additional requirements follow which are specific to the Limited Transitional Certificate.
XI. CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATORS
This pan of the handbook outlines standards for certification as a vocational educator in Idaho. Persons employed to teach/direct reimbursable vocational classes or programs in secondary or post-secondary schools should hold one of the following:
1) a Standard or Advanced Secondary Certificate with vocational endorsement in an appropriate vocational discipline; or 2) a Vocational Specialist Certificate in the appropriate vocational discipline.
If an applicant does not meet requirements for one of the certificates above, a current vocational teaching credential from another state may be endorsed for use in Idaho for up to five years. After that period, Idaho standards for the certificate needed must be met. Employment agreements are valid only if the vocational educator holds the vocational credential required for the assignment of service to be performed. Appeals regarding vocational certification or the code of ethics as related to vocational educators may be directed to the Idaho Professional Standards Commission.
Applications for vocational certification should be sent to :
TABLE OF CONTENTS I. PROFESSIONAL JOBS REQUIRING VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATION OR ENDORSEMENTS 42 II. BECOMING CERTIFIED FOR VOCATIONAL JOBS A. Secondary Certification with Vocational Endorsements 42 B. Vocational Specialist Certification 43 Limited Vocational Specialist Certificate Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificate Coordinator, Post-secondary Cooperative Programs Related Subjects Specialist Endorsement C. Vocational Counselor Certification 43 Endorsement on Pupil Personnel Services Certificate Interim Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate Standard Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate Advanced Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate D. Vocational Special Needs Certification 46 Endorsement on Other Certificates Limited Special Needs Certificates Standard/Advanced Vocational Special Needs Certificates E. Vocational Administrator Certification 47 Vocational Administrator Certificate Interim Vocational Administrator Certificate APPENDIX C1: Vocational Education Glossary of Terms C2: Application for Certification in Vocational Education C3: Approval of Participation Form C4: Professional Development Plan Page 41
I. PROFESSIONAL JOBS REQUIRING VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATION OR ENDORSEMENTS
The State Division of Vocational Education provides funding for a variety of vocational programs. The following secondary school vocational programs and services require educators assigned to hold appropriate vocational certificates or endorsements. Misassignment without the required certification may result in the withholding of vocational funding.
Agriculture Science and Technology Trades, Industry and Technology Business Education Industrial Technology Health Occupations Vocational Guidance Home Economics Vocational Special Needs Marketing
The following post-secondary vocational programs and services require educators assigned to hold appropriate vocational certificates or endorsements. Misassignment without the required certificates or endorsements may result in the withholding of vocational funding for the post-secondary programs involved.
Agriculture Science and Technology Marketing Business Education Related Subjects Vocational Specialist Guidance and Counseling Trades, Industry and Technology Health Occupations Vocational Administrator Home Economics Vocational Special Needs
II. BECOMING CERTIFIED FOR IDAHO VOCATIONAL JOBS
A.1. SECONDARY CERTIFICATION WITH VOCATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS Educators employed to teach reimbursable vocational classes or programs in Idaho secondary schools (grades 6-12) must hold either a Vocational Specialist Certificate in the appropriate vocational discipline (see page 41) or a Standard/Advanced Secondary Certificate with one of the following endorsements.
Vocational Agriculture Vocational Business Education Vocational Marketing Education Vocational Home Economics Vocational Industrial Technology
Persons who already hold the Standard or Advanced Secondary Certificate can become eligible for vocational endorsement by: completing a degree program with a vocational major from an approved college or vocational training institution; or by completing a comparable amount of specific coursework, as evaluated by the Idaho Division of Vocational Education.
Coursework in eight areas is required:
Work experience in the field of specialization is required as determined by the State Division of Vocational Education.
A.2. INTERIM VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN LIEU OF SECONDARY VOCATIONAL ENDORSEMENT
Secondary-certified educators assigned in any of the above five subject areas requiring vocational endorsements may apply for the interim Vocational Certificate if they have not completed the required coursework. Applicants must hold a secondary credential with an endorsement in one of the five subject areas in A.1. This certificate is issued for one year and may be renewed twice, provided there is annual progress toward the needed vocational endorsement.
A.3. MULTI-OCCUPATIONS ENDORSEMENT ON SECONDARY CERTIFICATES
Secondary-certified educators assigned multi-occupations programs must hold that endorsement on the Standard or Advanced Secondary Certificate or hold the Vocational Specialist Certificate. Requirements for the endorsement include: a course in coordination of cooperative programs and two years (4,000 clock hours) of related work experience.
A.4. OTHER SECONDARY VOCATIONAL AREAS REQUIRING CERTIFICATION
Secondary-certified educators assigned to Health Occupations Education and to Trades, Industrial and Technical Education must hold the Interim, Standard or Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificate.
B. VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST CERTIFICATES
Requirements for three types of Vocational Specialist Certificates are outlined in this section: Limited Vocational Specialist (three year; non-renewable); Standard Vocational Specialist (five year; renewable); and Advanced Vocational Specialist (five year; renewable).
Persons who need to hold the Vocational Specialist Certificate include: secondary educators assigned to Health Occupations Education and to Trades, Industrial and Technical Education; specialized occupational areas where specific degree-granting vocational teacher education programs are not usual; and post-secondary vocational educators who do not hold secondary vocational certificates.
Applicants must: be 18 years of age; document full-time successful recent gainful employment in area for which certification is requested; and possess either a high school diploma or General Education Development(GED) certificate. When applicable, requirements of occupationally related state agencies must also be met. Since educational levels and work experiences vary, applicants may qualify under any one of these three options.
B.1. LIMITED VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (three years; non-renewable)
This certificate is issued to individuals certifying for the first time. After a three year period, the holder needs to meet the requirements for the Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate. When a valid certificate is allowed to expire, the applicant for a new certificate must meet current standards in order to qualify for a certificate at any level.
Participation in a two step professional development process is a condition of holding the Limited Vocational Specialist Certificate.
Within the first eighteen months of certification, the holder must: a. demonstrate competence in basic academic skills; b. complete either the pre-service workshop sponsored by the State Division of Vocational Education; or complete a course in methods of teaching vocational education; and c. file a Professional Development Plan (PDP) with the State Division of Vocational Education which outlines the plan for meeting the requirements for a Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate within the three year period of the Limited Vocational Specialist Certificate. The plan is to be developed with concurrence and approval of the employer or supervisor and the acknowledgment of an approved vocational teacher educator. The plan is to be on file with the State Division of Vocational Education.
Within the three year period of limited certification, the holder must complete all requirements for the Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate. Required courses include: principles/foundations of vocational education; vocational guidance/occupational and educational information; analysis and curriculum development; and methods of teaching vocational education.
B.2. STANDARD VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (five year; renewable) This certificate is issued to individuals who have already completed coursework identified in Step Two above. It may be renewed if the following requirements are met:
a. completion of 6 semester credits of approved teaching skills coursework; or submission of verification of 240 hours of approved related work experience or 90 hours of attendance at
approved technical conferences, institutes or work shops; or any Combination; and
b. completion of activities under the previous Professional Development Plan (PDP) and preparation/filing of a PDP for the new five year period.
B.3. ADVANCED VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (five year; renewable)
This certificate is issued to individuals who meet all the requirements outlined below:
a. meet the requirements for the Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate;
b. provide evidence of completion of a teacher training program or 18 semester credits of approved coursework in addition to the 12 semester credits required for the Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate; and c. completion of activities trader the previous Professional Development Plan (PDP) and preparation/filing of a PDP for the new five year period.
This certificate may be renewed if the following requirements are met:
a. completion of 6 semester credits of approved coursework; or verification of 240 hours of approved related work experience or 90 hours of attendance at approved technical conferences, institutes or workshops; or any combination; and
b. completion of activities under the previous Professional Development Plan (PDP) and preparation/filing of a PDP for the new five year period.
B.4. COORDINATOR, POST-SECONDARY COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS
This certificate is issued to individuals who have this job assignment and who meet these requirements:
a. meet the occupational experience requirements for Standard and Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificates; and
b. verify completion of a course in coordination of cooperative programs prior to or during the first year of employment as a coordinator.
B.5. RELATED SUBJECTS VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST ENDORSEMENT
Endorsements in specific subject areas of an occupational program arc issued to holders of
Vocational Specialist Certificates who have:
a. three years (6,000 hours) of full-time successful gainful employment in the area for which endorsement is requested; and
b. special training (professional and/or work experience).
Renewal of endorsements are the same as those for Vocational Specialist Certificates.
C. VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION
Four types of credentials are issued for individuals assigned vocational counseling: Vocational counselor endorsement on an existing Pupil Personnel Services Certificate; and three levels of Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificates for use at the post-secondary level (Interim, Standard and Advanced).
C.1. ENDORSEMENT ON PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES CERTIFICATES (grades K-12)
The endorsement, Vocational Guidance Counselor, can be added to the Pupil Personnel Services Certificate: Standard Counselor, if the individual has completed an approved course in each of the following areas: counseling techniques; occupational and educational information/vocational guidance; principles and practices of guidance services; principles/foundations of vocational education; standardized testing/analysis of the individual, or psychometric assessment; group counseling; supervised counseling practicum; and theories of vocational choice. Requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services: Standard Counselor appear on page 25 of this publication.
Individuals who hold the Pupil Personnel Services Certificate: Standard Counselor but have not completed all the coursework requirements may apply for an Interim Vocational Certificate (see page 25).
C.2. INTERIM VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (post-secondary)
This one year certificate requires the holder to serve under the direct supervision of a fully certified vocational counselor and may be renewed twice, based on documentation of satisfactory service and progress toward the Standard Vocational Counselor Specialist requirements. Standards for the interim certificate include:
a. a bachelor's degree;
b. three years of teaching experience or three years of employment in personnel or guidance areas; c. one year of employment in an occupation other than teaching or counseling; and d. completion of a course in each of these areas: counseling techniques; occupational and education information/vocational guidance; and principles and practices of guidance services.
C.3. STANDARD VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (post-secondary)
This three year certificate is non-renewable. Upon expiration, the holder must qualify for the
Advanced Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate. Requirements for the Standard
Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate include:
a. a bachelor's degree and evidence of admission to a master's degree program for the Advanced Vocational Counselor Certificate;
b. three years of teaching experience or three years of employment in personnel or guidance areas;
c. one year of full-time work experience in an occupation other than teaching or counseling; and
d. completion of a course in each of these areas: counseling techniques; occupational and educational information/vocational guidance; principles and practices of vocational guidance; principles/foundations of vocational education; and standardized testing/analysis of the individual of psychometric assessment.
C.4. ADVANCED VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (secondary and post- secondary)
This five year certificate is issued to individuals who meet the requirements shown below. It may be renewed by completing two courses related to an occupational area or vocational guidance. Requirements for the Advanced Vocational Counselor Specialist Certificate include:
a. a master's degree in guidance and counseling;
b. two years of teaching experience or two years of employment in personnel or guidance areas;
c. one year of full-time work experience in an occupation other than teaching or counseling; and
d. completion of a course in each of these areas: counseling techniques; occupational and education information/vocational guidance; principles and practices of guidance services; principles/foundations of vocational education; standardized testing/analysis of the individual or psychometric assessment; group counseling; supervised counseling practicum; and theories of vocational choice.
D. VOCATIONAL SPECIAL NEEDS CERTIFICATION/ENDORSEMENT
D.1. ENDORSEMENT ON OTHER CERTIFICATES (secondary)
The endorsement, Vocational Special Needs, is required by individuals who teach vocational programs for special populations. Permanent endorsement may be added to any of these certificates, provided the requirements are met: Secondary Certificate endorsed Reading, Math, English or vocational subjects; Standard Elementary Certificate; Standard Exceptional Child Certificate; and Limited/Standard Vocational Specialist Certificates. The endorsement requires completion of a course in each area: principles/foundations of vocational education; identification and assessment of vocational special needs students; learning styles; and classroom counseling techniques and strategies.
D.2. LIMITED VOCATIONAL ENDORSED SPECIAL NEEDS CERTIFICATE
This three year non-renewable certificate is issued to individuals who have not completed the coursework for the endorsement, Vocational Special Needs. During the first year, a Professional Development Plan must be developed by the holder, with concurrence of the employer and an approved vocational educator. The coursework requirement for the Special Needs endorsement is to be completed within the three year period of the limited certificate.
D.3. STANDARD/ADVANCED VOCATIONAL NEEDS CERTIFICATE
These five year renewable certificates are issued to individuals who do not hold certificates required for the endorsement, Special Needs, but who have other training backgrounds appropriate to a specific teaching position. All coursework for the Special Needs endorsement must have been completed. A Limited Special Needs Certificate (3 years) may be issued to allow the holder to complete the coursework. Renewal requirements for these certificates are the same as for the Standard/Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificates.
E.1 VOCATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE (five year; renewable)
This certificate is issued to state agency administrators/supervisors; post-secondary vocational
school deans/directors/supervisors; and secondary school vocational directors/coordinators.
Individuals must meet these prerequisites in order to qualify for the Vocational Administrator
a. qualify for a Standard or Advanced Vocational certificate or a vocational endorsement on a Standard/Advanced Secondary Certificate;
b. provide verification of a minimum of three years of teaching experience in a vocational discipline;* and
c. hold a master's degree.*
d. have completed at least fifteen semester credits. Applicants must have completed: financial aspects of education/vocational-technical education; administration of personnel; and legal aspects of education/vocational-technical education. In addition, at least two of the following areas must be covered: administration and supervision of vocational programs; instructional supervision; administration internship; and/or curriculum development/curriculum evaluation/research in curriculum; school community relations; communication; teaching the adult learner; coordination of vocational programs; principles and practices of guidance; school facilities planning and maintenance; and/or measurement and evaluation.
In order to renew the five year Vocational Administrator Certificate, holders are required to complete: coursework in two of the areas listed above; or two areas related to administrative or vocational topics; or ninety (90) hours of related in service as approved by the State Division of Vocational Education.
E.2. INTERIM VOCATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE (one year; renewable twice)
This certificate is issued to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements but who have not completed the required coursework. The certificate may be renewed twice, subject to evidence of annual progress toward the Vocational Administration Certificate.
* Equivalence (professional and/or work experience which provides the knowledge and skills necessary) in each area will be determined on an individual basis by the State Vocational Certification Office.
APPENDIX A: CODE OF ETHICS OF THE IDAHO TEACHING PROFESSION
CODE OF ETHICS OF THE IDAHO TEACHING PROFESSION Preamble
Believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, the educator recognizes the supreme importance of pursuing truth, striving toward excellence, nurturing democratic citizenship and safeguarding the freedom to learn and to teach, while guaranteeing equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to practice the profession according to the highest ethical standards.
The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession symbolizes the commitment of all Idaho educators and provides standards by which to judge conduct.
Princinle I - Commitment to the Student
The educator measures success by the progress each student makes toward the realization of his/her potential as a worthy and effective citizen. The educator, therefore, works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.
In fulfilling these obligations to the student, the Idaho educator:
Principle II - Commitment to the Public
responsibility for the development of policy relating to the extension of educational opportunities for all and for interpreting educational programs and policies to the public.
fulfilling these obligations to the public, the Idaho educator:
Principle III - Commitment to the Profession
The educator believes that the quality of the services of the education profession directly influences the nation and its citizens. Therefore, the educator exerts every effort to establish and maintain professional standards, to improve service, to promote a climate in which the exercise of professional judgment is encouraged and to achieve conditions which attract highly qualified persons to the profession.
In fulfilling these obligations to the profession, the Idaho educator:
Principle IV - Commitment to Professional Employment Practices
The educator regards the employment agreement as a pledge to be executed in a manner consistent with the highest ideals of professional service. The educator believes that sound professional personnel relationships with governing boards are built upon personal integrity, dignity and mutual respect. The educator discourages the practice of the profession by unqualified persons.
In fulfilling these obligations to professional employment practices. the Idaho educator:
Violation of the Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession
Under Idaho Code, 33-1208, a violation of the Code of Ethics is a ground for revocation or suspension of one's teaching certificate. An allegation of ethical misconduct may be brought by an Idaho local board of trustees, or by any individual - other than a student of an Idaho public school - who has a substantial interest in the matter.
Upon receipt of an allegation, the Executive Committee of the Professional Standards Commission reviews the circumstances of the case and determines whether probable cause exists to warrant filing a complaint against the individual accused of misconduct. If probable cause is found to exist, the chief certification officer files a formal complaint against the accused. Upon a request for a hearing by the accused, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction authorizes the Professional Standards Commission to name a three member panel to hear the charges and to recommend disposition to the State Board. Such hearings are held in compliance with Idaho Code, 33-1209.
VOCATIONAl, EDUCATION GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Work Experience Definitions
Successive additions of work (hours/months) in the occupation or closely 'related occupations (maximum of one year is allowable).
To apply toward the required work experience, employment may be accumulated from work completed for the same or comparable position, of at least six (6) months duration, 40 hours per week. (12 months experience equals one year toward requirement).
Services rendered for a firm for which the remuneration would enable one to sustain a livelihood.
Recent Work experience ending within the last five years.
Competency in the occupational area. Such competency verification may be requested in writing from previous employers and/or results of competency testing.
Vocational programs which meet state guidelines but are not being reimbursed. (Generally in private or parochial schools.)
Approved Vocational Program
Vocational programs which have received State Board for Vocational Education Approval and have received State and/or Federal funds through reimbursement.
Programs which combine classroom instruction with related work in the community for which the students are paid.
Occupational Competency Test
A test designed to measure technical or manipulative abilities in a given occupational area.
Restricted to a particular category such as: machinist, welder, secretary, food service worker, etc.
A course offered by an approved Idaho vocational teacher education institution; OR a course evaluated and approved as meeting Idaho standards by an approved Idaho teacher educator and the State Division of Vocational Education.
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