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3512.0200 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT, PRINCIPAL, AND DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Subpart 1.

Scope.

A person working as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, special education director, or assistant special education director must hold the appropriate license as a superintendent, principal, or special education director.

Subp. 2.

Teaching experience.

A.

An applicant for licensure as a superintendent or principal must have three years of combined experience as any of the following:

(1)

a public school classroom teacher (i) teaching in a position that required a state-issued license, and (ii) holding the state-issued license for the position or permission from the licensing agency while holding an educator license;

(2)

a nonpublic school teacher teaching in a school that (i) is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the state in which the school is operated, (ii) is directly recognized as a school by the state, or (iii) is a Bureau of Indian Education school; or

(3)

a school psychologist, school social worker, speech-language pathologist, or school counselor working in a school if the person held the appropriate state-issued license at the time of the experience.

B.

An applicant for licensure as a director of special education must have three years of combined special education experience as any of the following:

(1)

a public school special education classroom teacher (i) teaching in a position that required a state-issued license, and (ii) holding the state-issued license for the position or permission from the licensing agency while holding an educator license;

(2)

a nonpublic school special education teacher teaching in a school that (i) is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the state in which the school is operated, (ii) is directly recognized as a school by the state, or (iii) is a Bureau of Indian Education school; or

(3)

a school psychologist, school social worker, or speech-language pathologist working in a school if the person held the appropriate state-issued license at the time of the experience.

C.

For purposes of this subpart, teaching may be in an in-person classroom, hybrid classroom, or online classroom.

Subp. 3.

Kindergarten through grade 12 superintendents, principals, and directors of special education.

A.

An applicant for licensure as a superintendent, principal, or director of special education must complete, at a regionally accredited institution, a specialist or doctoral program consisting of a minimum of 60 semester credits or a program consisting of 60 semester credits beyond a bachelor's degree that includes a master's degree and a demonstration of competence in the core areas identified in part 3512.0510. Completion of an administrative licensure program approved by the board under part 3512.2500 shall be evidence that an applicant has demonstrated competence in the core areas identified in part 3512.0510. Applicants who complete preparatory programs that have not received board approval under part 3512.2500 must meet the requirements of part 3512.2600.

B.

An applicant for licensure as a superintendent or principal must complete within 12 continuous months at least 320 hours of field experience in elementary, middle or junior high, and high schools as an administrative intern to a licensed and practicing school principal for principal licensure or a licensed and practicing superintendent for superintendent licensure. The applicant must complete at least 40 hours of field experience at each school level not represented by the applicant's primary teaching experience.

C.

An applicant for licensure as a director of special education must complete a practicum or field experience within 12 continuous months, which must include a minimum of 320 hours in an administrative position under the immediate supervision of a licensed and practicing director of special education. The field experience must include at least 40 hours at a special education administrative unit not represented by the applicant's primary special education experience.

Subp. 4.

Licensed elementary and secondary school principals.

To qualify for a kindergarten through grade 12 principal license, a person licensed as an elementary school principal must complete a field experience of at least 120 hours in secondary administration, and a person licensed as a secondary school principal must complete a field experience of at least 120 hours in elementary administration. In addition to the field experience required in this subpart, an elementary or secondary school principal must meet the requirements in part 3512.0400, subpart 3.

Subp. 5.

[Repealed, 44 SR 1385]

Subp. 6.

Corrections.

A license issued in error is not valid. To correct a license issued in error, the board must expunge the license issued in error to the unqualified applicant or correct at no charge the incorrect license issued to the qualified applicant. A person denied an administrative license may appeal the denial under part 3512.1600.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 122A.14; 125.05; L 1993 c 224 art 12 s 34; L 1996 c 412 art 9 s 14; L 2006 c 263 art 2 s 20

History:

21 SR 804; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 33 SR 658; L 2017 1Sp5 art 12 s 22; 44 SR 1385

Published Electronically:

June 25, 2020