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Special Education Alternate Program Certificate

Teachers with an Alaska Type A certificate may be hired as special education teachers using the state’s Special Education Alternate Certification option. In order to qualify for the alternate certification, applicants must complete 9 credit hours of special education course work, be admitted to the certification or M. Ed. program, provide a proof of enrollment to the hiring district and complete the program within 3 years.

Special Education Alternate Program Certificate Administrative Code

4 AAC 12.340. Special education alternate program certificate

(a) If a school district superintendent is unable to recruit and hire a new-to-the-district teacher who holds a valid teacher certificate under 4 AAC 12.305 with a special education endorsement, or a related services specialist who holds a special services certificate (Type C) with an endorsement in speech language pathology, the superintendent may request the commissioner to grant a special education alternate program certificate for the hiring of a person who does not have the required endorsement.

(b) The commissioner may grant a special education alternate program certificate under this section only if the chief school administrator of the district requests it through formal action of the school board.

(c) An application for a special education alternate program certificate under this section must be submitted on a form provided by the department and include

(1) proof that the person for whom the special education alternate program certificate is requested holds

(A) a teacher certificate under 4 AAC 12.305, if the position will be teaching students with disabilities; or

(B) a teacher certificate under 4 AAC 12.305 or a special services certificate (Type C), if the position will be performing the duties of a speech language pathologist;

(2) a letter from the school district superintendent that details the actions taken by the district to recruit a person who holds a teacher certificate under 4 AAC 12.305 with a special education endorsement, including, at a minimum, either

(A) recruiting through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Teacher Placement program; or

(B) advertising in one or more newspapers of general circulation; and

(3) official transcripts and a letter from a teacher training program approved under 4 AAC 12.330(a) , evidencing that the person for whom the special education alternate program certificate is requested

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