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3517.4200 ALTERNATE FORMS OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

Subpart 1.

Who may use.

Except where otherwise stated in this part and in parts 3517.0100 to 3517.2140, an applicant may use the following alternative experiences to meet occupational experience requirements. The alternatives may not be used by nonbaccalaureate applicants who have completed less than a two year program in the category of practice.

Subp. 2.

Directed occupational experience.

For each two hours of the regular occupational experience requirement, an applicant may substitute one hour of preplanned occupational experience directed through a licensing program for vocational teacher education that has been approved as specified in part 3517.9100. The personnel licensing section, in consultation with the appropriate vocational program specialists, may make arrangements with colleges and universities to provide directed work experience supervision. Out of state colleges not eligible for the program approval process may get approval by verifying to the section and the appropriate state program specialist a program that meets the criteria, including evaluation, used to evaluate Minnesota programs in directed occupational experience. The supervisor directing the out-of-state internship must possess professional qualifications equivalent to those required of a Minnesota internship supervisor who is eligible for authorization under item A.

The directed occupational experience must meet the following criteria for approval:

A.

Except for out of state colleges, the experience must be directed by an internship supervisor who must be a vocational teacher educator, as authorized by the Joint Council for Vocational Teacher Educators.

B.

The training station must be approved by the internship supervisor prior to approval of the training plan and employment.

C.

The applicant's training plan and agreement must be developed prior to employment and must be kept on file by the teacher education institution for five years.

D.

One copy of the work verification form must be made part of the applicant's permanent record maintained by the teacher education institution.

E.

The experience must be paid work.

F.

The training plan and agreement must:

(1)

contain objectives that are individualized to meet the needs of the applicant;

(2)

identify the specific learning outcomes, projects, and project evaluations that the applicant needs;

(3)

place the applicant in a position that satisfies occupational experience criteria in the part governing the applicant's chosen category of practice;

(4)

place the applicant in a position that satisfies the conditions of employment specified in part 3517.4000, except that self employment is not permitted;

(5)

establish a reporting process for the internship experience; and

(6)

establish a means of evaluating the internship experience.

G.

An applicant must be visited two or more times per quarter, once during a summer session. When this is not possible, a designee can be identified by the internship supervisor with communication with the state program specialist.

H.

The ratio of clock hours of work to collegiate credits must be at least 40 to 1.

Subp. 3.

Competency based occupational exam.

An applicant may submit evidence of successful completion of a competency based occupational exam preapproved by the board. The personnel licensing section shall accept the evidence as proof of occupational competency in place of two-thirds of the total occupational experience requirements, including the most recent 500 hours. The exam must have been completed within five years of the date the license is issued. This alternative form of occupational experience must not be used when the competency based occupational exam is the same exam taken by the applicant to obtain licensure to practice in the particular occupation. In this subpart, "successful completion" means scoring within one standard deviation below the mean score supplied by the agency providing the competency based exam.

Subp. 4.

Updating industrial experience.

An updating experience conducted in the appropriate business or industry setting, or within a formal technical training setting in appropriate business, industry, or appropriate postsecondary education, may be substituted for the required 500 hours of occupational experience within the past five years in the emphasis area. The experience must be completed within the five year period just before the date that the license is to be issued. The experience must consist of one or a combination of the following:

A.

Six quarter credits, involving at least 120 clock hours of work by the applicant, preapproved through the program approval process in part 3517.9100. Each quarter credit substitutes for 80 occupational experience hours. This experience must meet the following criteria for approval:

(1)

The experience must be directed by a supervisor who is a vocational teacher educator, as authorized by the Joint Council for Vocational Teacher Educators. The supervisor must:

(a)

assess the applicant's work experience, background, and vocational licensure requirements for the vocational license being sought;

(b)

using the assessment information, propose applicant objectives and explore choices for updating experience;

(c)

advise the applicant by developing an updating program plan in cooperation with the business or industry that will be involved in the updating experience; and

(d)

identify in the plan specific learning outcomes, reporting log of experiences, and project evaluations.

(2)

The experience must be individualized to update, build, and expand the applicants' occupational experiences (knowledge and skills) in order to help them:

(a)

become more aware of employee/supervisory management roles in business or industry;

(b)

recognize changes in career and occupational patterns in the chosen business or industry employment classifications;

(c)

identify barriers to opportunities in employment for certain populations (such as minorities, persons with disabilities, the disadvantaged);

(d)

realize the impact of technological change, legal issues, and politics in the workplace; and

(e)

apply the technology currently used in the specific industry.

(3)

The experience must involve employment settings that are designated in this chapter for the license the applicant is seeking.

(4)

A copy of the applicant's updating program must be kept on file by the teacher education institution for five years, with an abstract of the program made a part of the applicant's permanent record.

B.

120 clock hours of technical training in the emphasis area preapproved by the personnel licensing section in consultation with the appropriate secondary vocational program specialist, or by a department chair, designated by the secondary vocational program specialist, of an approved Minnesota college. Each technical training hour substitutes for four occupational experience hours. This updating industrial experience option must meet the following criteria for approval:

(1)

The person directing the experience must:

(a)

assess the applicant's work experience and background, as well as vocational licensure requirements for the vocational license being sought;

(b)

using the assessment information, propose applicant objectives and explore technical training options;

(c)

help the applicant develop an updating program plan in cooperation with the business, industry, or technical training sponsor that will be involved in the updating experience; and

(d)

identify in the plan specific learning outcomes, reporting log of experiences, and project evaluations.

(2)

The experience must be individualized to update, build, and expand the applicants' occupational experiences (knowledge and skills) in order to help them:

(a)

become more aware of employee/supervisory management roles in business or industry;

(b)

recognize changes in career and occupational patterns in the chosen business or industry employment classifications;

(c)

identify barriers to employment opportunities for certain populations (such as minorities, persons with disabilities, the disadvantaged);

(d)

realize the impact of technological change, legal issues, and politics in the workplace; and

(e)

apply technology currently used in the specific industry.

(3)

The experience must involve employment settings that are designated in this chapter for the license the applicant is seeking.

(4)

An abstract of the applicant's updating program must be made a part of the applicant's permanent licensure file.

Subp. 5.

Community based training.

For up to 500 hours of the occupational experience, including the required 500 recent hours, an applicant may substitute an unpaid direct training experience in the traditional setting for the program emphasis area. The training experience must be preapproved by the personnel licensing section in consultation with the appropriate secondary vocational program specialist or by the corresponding department chair of an approved Minnesota college in consultation with the appropriate secondary vocational program specialist. Three hours of training substitutes for one occupational experience hour.

Subp. 6.

Vocational administrative or supervisory experience.

An applicant may use paid vocational administrative or supervisory experience to meet the required 500 hours of occupational experience within the past five years to obtain a secondary director's or secondary supervisor's license. The experience may be used for this purpose if:

A.

the authorized local vocational administrator verifies in writing that the paid work meets the description of administration or supervision in part 3517.0080; and

B.

the required total hours of occupational experience have been verified.

Subp. 7.

Funded Minnesota technical college vocational teaching.

An applicant who seeks to add an existing secondary vocational category of practice to a valid postsecondary vocational license in the same category of practice may substitute Minnesota technical college teaching within the past five years in that category of practice for the required recent 500 hours in an emphasis area. One year (1,080 hours) of vocationally funded teaching substitutes for the prerequisite 500 hours.

Subp. 8.

Teacher coordinator endorsement.

Unless otherwise stated in this chapter, when an applicant is applying for an endorsement to add teacher coordinator to a current, valid teaching license within the same vocational program area, or to add special needs teacher coordinator to a valid service area teaching license, the 500 hour recency requirement does not apply if:

A.

the applicant has verified the total required appropriate hours specified for teacher coordinator licensure;

B.

the applicant met the recency requirement to obtain the preceding category of practice; and

C.

the applicant has taught on a vocational license at least one year (1,080 hours) within the past five in a vocationally funded occupational program in the same vocational program area.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 121.11; 125.185

History:

11 SR 2407; L 1987 c 258 s 12; L 1989 c 246 s 2; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; L 2005 c 56 s 2

Published Electronically:

October 3, 2013