THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

 

TO:

Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee

FROM:

Johanna Duncan-Poitier

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

Proposed Amendment to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Requirements for the Renewal of Provisional Certificates in the Pupil Personnel Service and Administrative and Supervisory Service

DATE:

March 2, 2006

STRATEGIC GOAL:

Goal 3

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)

 

Should the Regents amend section 80-1.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to requirements for the renewal of provisional certificates in the pupil personnel service and administrative and supervisory service?

 

Reason(s) for Consideration

         
          Review of Policy.

 

Proposed Handling

 

The proposed amendment is submitted for approval at the March 2006 Regents meeting.

 

Procedural History

 

The proposed amendment was discussed at the February 2006 meeting of the Board of Regents.  A Notice of Proposed Rule Making concerning the proposed amendment was published in the State Register on January 25, 2006.  An Assessment of Public Comment is attached.

 

Background Information

 

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to restore the opportunity for candidates to renew expired provisional certificates in the pupil personnel service and in the title school administrator and supervisor (authorizing service as a school building level administrator) and establish requirements for the renewal of these certificates.  The amendment will provide individuals holding such expired provisional certificates a one-time opportunity to renew these certificates for a five-year term to enable them to meet the experience requirement for the permanent certificate.   The Department believes that this opportunity should be restored because otherwise these individuals have no way to qualify for employment in the public schools for the purpose of meeting the experience requirement for the permanent certificate.   Except for school counselors, candidates will be required to have completed all requirements for the permanent certificate, except the experience requirement, before the renewed provisional certificate will be issued.  For school counselors, the renewed provisional certificate will enable the candidate to complete both the experience requirement and additional graduate study required for the permanent certificate.  The amendment will also address regional shortages of school principals and pupil personnel professionals by expanding the pool of qualified candidates for such positions. 

 

The opportunity to renew provisional certificates in the title school administrator and supervisor will sunset on September 1, 2007.  After this date, candidates will be subject to the new requirements for certificates in the educational leadership service.     Supporting materials for the proposed amendment are available upon request from the Secretary to the Board of Regents.   

 

Recommendation

 

I recommend that the Board of Regents take the following action:

 

VOTED: That section 80-1.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be repealed and that a new section 80-1.7 be added, as submitted, effective April 13, 2006.

 

Timetable for Implementation

 

The effective date of the proposed amendment is April 13, 2006.

 

 

 

 

Attachment


PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 80-1.7 OF THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 207, 305, 3001, 3004, 3006, AND 3009 OF THE EDUCATION LAW RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL OF PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATES IN THE PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY SERVICE

ASSESSMENT OF ISSUES RAISED BY PUBLIC COMMENT

          The proposed rule was published in the State Register on January 25, 2006.   Below is a summary of written comments received by the State Education Department concerning the proposed rule making and the Department's assessment of issues raised by the comment.

          Comment:  An organization took the opportunity provided by the public comment period concerning the proposed amendment to section 80-1.7 of Commissionerís Regulations to articulate recommended requirements for the certification of school psychologists, including recommendations for competencies required for school psychology practice, academic preparation and field experiences, examination, and mentoring.

Response: This comment does not pertain to the subject of the proposed amendment, which concerns requirements for the renewal of expired provisional certificates in the pupil personnel service and for the title school administrator and supervisor (authorizing service as a school building level administrator). The State Education Department plans in the future to undertake a re-examination of certification requirements for school psychologists along with the other pupil personnel service titles.   The Department will retain the comments and recommendations submitted and consider them during that review. 


AMENDMENT TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

Pursuant to sections 207, 305, 3001, 3004, 3006, and 3009 of the Education Law.

Section 80-1.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is repealed and a new section 80-1.7 is added, effective April 13, 2006, as follows:

80-1.7 Renewal of a provisional certificate.

(a) (1) By application to the commissioner by the holder of the certificate, the commissioner may renew an expired provisional certificate in the administrative and supervisory service or the pupil personnel service on one occasion only for a period of five years from the date the renewed provisional certificate is issued, provided that the candidate has met all requirements for the permanent certificate in the certificate title of the provisional certificate, except the experience requirement.  The requirements of this paragraph shall not apply to the renewal of a provisional certificate in the title school counselor.   The requirements of paragraph (2) of this subdivision shall apply to the renewal of a provisional certificate in the title school counselor. 

(2) By application of the holder of the certificate, the commissioner may renew an expired provisional certificate in the title school counselor on one occasion only for a period of five years from the date the renewed provisional certificate is issued in order to permit the candidate to meet the experience and/or education requirement for the permanent certificate in the title school counselor.  

(b) The requirements for the permanent certificate shall be those in effect at the time the renewed provisional certificate is issued.

(c) The commissioner shall not renew a provisional certificate in the classroom teaching service.  The commissioner shall not accept an application for the renewal of a provisional certificate in the administrative and supervisory service submitted to the commissioner after September 1, 2007.