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WAC 181-79A-2512

School psychologist residency and professional certificationRenewal and reinstatement.

(1) School psychologists may renew their residency certificate in one of the following ways:
(a) An individual school psychologist who is applying for the National Certificate for School Psychologist (NCSP) may apply for a one-time two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission: Provided, That individuals with expiring certificates in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 may apply for a second two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission.
(b) An individual who holds a residency certificate may have their residency certificate renewed for an additional five-year period by the completion of one hundred continuing education hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(5) from an accredited institution of higher education or four annual professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
Subsequent five-year renewals shall be issued based on completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270(5) since the issue date of the latest five-year residency renewal certificate, or four professional growth plans developed since the certificate was issued. Completion of four annual professional growth plans during each five-year period between subsequent lapse dates meets the requirement for renewal.
Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours. The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and career level benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-207 for teachers, and as published by the professional educator standards board for administrators and educational staff associates.
Until June 30, 2018, individuals who complete an annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty continuing education credit hours. Beginning July 1, 2018, each completed annual professional growth plan shall receive the equivalent of twenty-five continuing credit clock hours.
Provided, application for subsequent renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal. Expired five-year residency renewal certificates may be renewed with completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application or by completing four professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
An expired certificate may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour or professional growth plan requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.
Candidates who apply for the five-year residency renewal certificate who have not successfully completed course work or an in-service program on issues of abuse, must complete the abuse course work requirement as defined in WAC 181-79A-030(6) and required per RCW 28A.410.2212.
(c) School psychologists with residency certificates dated to expire June 30, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017, may apply until June 30, 2016, for a two-year extension. These individuals may apply for a second two-year extension until June 30, 2020.
(d) For educators holding multiple certificates as described in WAC 181-79A-251, 181-79A-2510, 181-79A-2511, or 181-79A-2512 of this chapter, or in chapter 181-85 WAC, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or education staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual which is affected by this section.
(2) Professional. Individuals who hold a professional certificate may have that certificate renewed for additional five-year periods by:
(a) Completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC since the certificate was issued and which relate to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2); or
(b) Completion of four professional growth plans that are developed annually since the certificate was issued. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
(c) Until June 30, 2018, individuals who complete an annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty continuing education credit hours. Beginning July 1, 2018, each completed annual professional growth plan shall receive the equivalent of twenty-five continuing credit clock hours.
(d) The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks as published by the professional educator standards board for administrators and educational staff associates.
(e) Provided, That a school psychologist professional certificate may be renewed based on the possession of a valid nationally certified school psychologist certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists at the time of application for the renewal of the professional certificate. Such renewal shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the nationally certified school psychologist certificate, whichever is greater. Such renewal is only available one time during the validity period of the nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) certificate and cannot be the same nationally certified school psychologist certificate used to obtain the professional certificate.
(f) Provided, application for certificate renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal.
Expired certificates may be renewed with completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application or by completing four professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
An expired certificate may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour or professional growth plan requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.
(g) For educators holding multiple certificates as described in WAC 181-79A-251, 181-79A-2510, 181-79A-2511, or 181-79A-2512 of this chapter, or in chapter 181-85 WAC, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or education staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual which is affected by this section.
(h) Beginning July 1, 2015, professional certificates for school psychologists, in addition to the requirements in this chapter, must attend professional educator standards board approved training in suicide prevention as per RCW 28A.410.226 for renewal of their certificate.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.220. WSR 17-23-176, § 181-79A-2512, filed 11/21/17, effective 12/22/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. WSR 15-20-059, § 181-79A-2512, filed 10/1/15, effective 11/1/15.]
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