16 KAR 4:040. Recency and certification fees.
RELATES TO: KRS 161.020, 161.028, 161.030
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 161.028, 161.030
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.020, 161.028, and 161.030 require that a teacher and other professional school personnel hold a certificate of legal qualification for his or her respective position to be issued upon completion of a program of preparation prescribed by the Education Professional Standards Board; furthermore, a teacher education institution is required to be approved for offering a preparation program corresponding to a particular certificate on the basis of standards and procedures established by the Education Professional Standards Board. KRS 161.030 establishes additional testing and internship requirements for certification. This administrative regulation establishes requirements for the issuance of the limited initial certificate; the beginning teacher internship program; certificate renewal; and filing a certificate application. This administrative regulation establishes fees to be charged for the issuance, reissuance, and renewal of a certificate.
Section 1. (1) Application for teacher certification shall be made to the Division of Certification.
(2) The application shall be accompanied by an official transcript showing all college credits necessary for the requested certification.
Section 2. Recency. Teacher certification issued initially under the provisions of 16 KAR 2:010 or 16 KAR 2:020 shall comply with the provisions of KRS 161.030 and the following requirements and procedures:
(1) There shall be a recency of preparation prerequisite for the issuance of a certificate covered by this section, as follows:
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, an out-of-state applicant for initial Kentucky certification shall have prepared as a teacher or completed six (6) semester hours of graduate credit within the five (5) years preceding the application.
(b) An out-of-state applicant for initial Kentucky certification who has completed a Planned Fifth-year Program shall be exempt from taking the six (6) additional hours, if the applicant has completed two (2) years of successful teaching experience within the last ten (10) years.
(c)1. A certificate shall be issued for a one (1) year period ending June 30 of the next calendar year if the applicant:
a. Does not meet the recency of preparation requisite;
b. Has not previously held a Kentucky teaching certificate;
c. Otherwise qualifies for certification; and
d. Agrees that six (6) semester hours of credit applicable toward the usual renewal requirement shall be completed by September 1 of the year of expiration.
2. To renew a certificate issued under subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, the applicant shall comply with the requirements for renewal established in subsection (2) of this section.
(2)(a) A teaching certificate described in this section shall be issued for a duration period of five (5) years and with provisions for a subsequent five (5) year renewal, as established in 16 KAR 7:010.
(b) Semester hour credit for certificate renewal shall be earned after the issuance of the certificate. Credit earned in excess of the minimum requirement for a renewal period shall accumulate and be carried forward to apply toward a subsequent renewal.
Section 3. (1) Reissuance.
(a) If a certificate has lapsed as a result of the applicant's failure to meet the renewal requirements, the certificate shall be reissued at a later date for a one (1) year period if the applicant completes at least six (6) semester hours of graduate credit applicable toward the Planned Fifth-year Program.
(b) The applicant shall complete an additional nine (9) semester hours of credit applicable toward the planned fifth-year program by September 1 of the year of expiration to qualify for extending the certificate for the remaining four (4) years of the first five (5) year renewal period.
(c) At the end of the renewal period established in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the applicant shall have completed the Planned Fifth-year Program to qualify for the next five (5) year renewal. After the renewal period established in this paragraph, the regular renewal schedule of three (3) years of successful teaching experience with evidence of continuing growth documented in a portfolio as required by 16 KAR 4:060 or six (6) semester hours of additional graduate credit each five (5) year period shall apply.
(2) An applicant who has already completed the Planned Fifth-year Program and whose certificate lapses shall have the certificate reissued after completing another six (6) semester hours of graduate credit. The certificate shall be issued for a five (5) year period and subject to the renewal schedule of three (3) years of successful teaching experience or completion by September 1 of the year of expiration of at least six (6) semester hours of additional credit for each five (5) year period.
(3) Pursuant to KRS 161.030(3) and (4), successful experience shall be in a position directly corresponding to the type of teaching certificate for which the application is being made and shall be defined as follows:
(a) Employment shall be at least on a half-time basis;
(b) A full year of experience shall include at least 140 days of employment performed within the academic year; and
(c) A half year of experience shall include at least seventy (70) days of employment performed within an academic semester.
Section 4. Fees. (1) The following fees for teaching certificates shall apply:
(a) Statement of eligibility for internship - no charge;
(b) Limited one (1) year certificate - no charge;
(c) Issuance, reissuance, or renewal of a regular certificate - fifty (50) dollars, which shall include all previously approved certifications and endorsements;
(d) Issuance of a five (5) year substitute certificate - fifteen (15) dollars;
(e) Reissuance of limited four (4) year certification - thirty-five (35) dollars;
(f) A duplicate copy of the certificate - twenty-five (25) dollars.
(2) A refund of the certification fee shall be provided to an unsuccessful certification applicant, less a ten (10) dollar processing fee.
(3) The appropriate fee shall:
(a) Accompany the application; and
(b) Be received in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. (SBE 42.005(1), 42.008; 1 Ky.R. 494; eff. 3-12-75; Am. 11 Ky.R. 625; eff. 11-13-84; 12 Ky.R. 239; eff. 9-10-85; 1367; eff. 3-4-86; 1876; eff. 7-2-86; 13 Ky.R. 1470; eff. 3-6-87; 23 Ky.R. 3920; eff. 7-2-97; 24 Ky.R. 1946; 2371; eff. 5-18-98; recodified from 704 KAR 20:045, 7-2-2002.)