Senate Bill No. 404
(By Senators Wills, Plymale, Browning, Snyder, Yost, Miller, Laird, Klempa, Tucker, Unger and Kessler (Mr. President))
[Originating in the Committee on Education;
reported February 8, 2012.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-3-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to issuance of a barrister’s certificate to teach course-specific curricula in West Virginia public schools.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18A-3-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, LICENSING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
§18A-3-2a. Authority of State Superintendent to issue certificates; kinds of certificates.
In accordance with State Board of Education rules for the education of professional educators adopted after consultation with the Secretary of Education and the Arts, the State Superintendent of Schools may issue certificates valid in the public schools of the state: Provided, That a certificate shall not be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States, is not of good moral character and physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to perform the duties for which the certification would be granted and who has not attained the age of eighteen years on or before October 1, of the year in which the certificate is issued: Provided, however, That an exchange teacher from a foreign country or an alien person who meets the requirements to teach may be granted a permit to teach within the public schools of the state.
Certificates authorized to be issued include:
(1) Professional teaching certificates. -- A professional teaching certificate for teaching in the public schools may be issued to a person who:
(A) Has at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in this state, has completed a program for the education of teachers which meets the requirements approved by the State Board of Education or has met equivalent standards at institutions in other states and has passed appropriate state board-approved basic skills and subject matter tests or has completed three years of successful experience within the last seven years in the area for which licensure is being sought; or
(B) Has at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline taught in the public schools from an accredited institution of higher education, has passed appropriate state board-approved basic skills and subject matter tests or has completed three years of successful experience within the last seven years in the area for which licensure is being sought, has completed an alternative program for teacher education approved by the state board and is recommended for a certificate by the chairperson of the professional support team of the person's alternative program or the State Superintendent based on documentation submitted.
The certificate shall be endorsed to indicate the grade level or levels or areas of specialization in which the person is certified to teach or to serve in the public schools. The initial professional certificate shall be issued provisionally for a period of three years from the date of issuance and may be converted to a professional certificate valid for five years subject to successful completion of a beginning teacher internship, if applicable, or renewed subject to rules adopted by the state board.
(2) Professional administrative certificate. -- A professional administrative certificate, endorsed for serving in the public schools, with specific endorsement as a principal, vocational administrator, supervisor of instructions or superintendent, may be issued to a person who has completed requirements all to be approved by the state board as follows: For a master's degree from an institution of higher education accredited to offer a master's degree, has successfully completed an approved program for administrative certification, developed by the State Board of Education in cooperation with the governing boards of the university of West Virginia system and the state college system institutional boards of governors as defined in section one, article two-a, chapter eighteen-b of this code, has successfully completed education and training in evaluation skills through the center for professional development, or equivalent education and training in evaluation skills, and three years of management level experience: Provided, That anyone having received a certificate during the period from August 30, 1990, until the effective date of this bill without having met the above requirements shall complete those requirements within five years after the effective date of this bill: Provided, however That any person serving in the position of dean of students on the effective date of this section shall not be required to hold a professional administrative certificate. Beginning September 1, 1992, the initial professional administrative certificate shall be issued provisionally for a period of five years. This certificate may be converted to a professional administrative certificate valid for five years or renewed, subject to the regulations of the state board.
(3) Paraprofessional certificate. -- A paraprofessional certificate may be issued to a person who has completed thirty-six semester hours of post-secondary education or its equivalent in subjects directly related to performance of the job, all approved by the state board, and can demonstrate the proficiencies to perform duties as required of a paraprofessional as defined in section eight, article four of this chapter.
(4) Barrister’s certificate. -– A barrister’s certificate may be issued to a person: (A) Admitted to the practice of law in West Virginia pursuant to the rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia; (B) in good standing with the West Virginia State Bar; and (C) demonstrates to the State Superintendent of Schools the professional experience necessary to serve as a volunteer professional educator in course-specific curricula. The certificate shall be endorsed to indicate the grade level or levels or areas of specialization in which the person is certified to professionally teach or to serve in the public schools. Any person teaching under a barrister’s certificate may teach on a noncompensated basis only.
(4) (5) Other certificates; permits. -- Other certificates and permits may be issued, subject to the approval of the state board, to persons who do not qualify for the professional or paraprofessional certificate. Such These certificates or permits shall not be given permanent status and persons holding such shall meet renewal requirements provided by law and by regulation, unless the state board declares certain of these certificates to be the equivalent of the professional certificate.
Within the category of other certificates and permits, the state superintendent may issue certificates for persons to serve in the public schools as athletic coaches or other extracurricular activities coaches whose duties may include the supervision of students, subject to the following limitations: (A) Such person shall be employed under a contract with the county board of education which specifies the duties to be performed, which specifies a rate of pay equivalent to the rate of pay for professional educators in the district who accept similar duties as extra duty assignments and which provides for liability insurance associated with the activity: Provided, That such persons shall not be considered employees of the board for salary and benefit purposes other than as specified in the contract; (B) a currently employed certified professional educator has not applied for the position; and (C) such person completes an orientation program designed and approved in accordance with state board rules which shall be adopted no later than January 1, 1991.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit the issuance of a barrister’s certificate to teach course specific curricula in West Virginia public schools.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.)