Contracting Terms

  • Conversion

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    A change from one contract status to another (i.e. Provisional status to Probationary status).
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  • District Intern Contract

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    A contract of an employee completing credential requirements by participating in the District Intern Program. District Intern Certificates and Contracts are valid for two years. District Intern Certificates and Contracts in Special Education are valid for three years. A seniority date is established on the first day of paid service.
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  • Probationary Contract

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    A contract of an employee who holds a California Preliminary or Professional Clear Credential and meets District standards for a Probationary contract. A seniority date is established on the first day of paid service.
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  • Provisional Contract

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    A contract of an employee serving under an Emergency Permit. This contract must be renewed each year after a satisfactory evaluation (Form 1022) from the school administrator.
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  • Provisional Waiver Contract

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    A contract of an employee serving under a Special Education Waiver. This employee does not meet the requirements for an Emergency Permit, but is otherwise qualified to serve in a Special Education position. This contract must be renewed each year after a satisfactory evaluation (Form 1022) from the school administrator.
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  • Status

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    Description indicating the employee’s employment relationship with the District (Provisional, Provisional Pre-Intern, Provisional Waiver, Probationary, Temporary, District Intern, and University Intern).
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  • Short Term Staff Permit (STPS)

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    A STSP is a one time only document that is available at the request of an employing agency. Holders of the STSP are restricted to service with the employing agency requesting the permit. The STSP is available in the areas of Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist. Individuals who were issued four or fewer emergency permits may be issued a STSP. Individuals who were issued five or more emergency permits do not qualify for the STSP.
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  • Temporary

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    A contract of an employee who holds a Preliminary or Professional Clear Credential who does not meet District requirements for a Probationary Contract. This contract ends on June 30th.
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  • University Intern

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    A contract of an employee who is completing credential requirements by participating in a University Internship Program. University Intern Certificates are valid for two years. This contract must be renewed each year after a satisfactory evaluation (Stull) from the school administrator. A seniority date is not established when an employee signs a University Intern contract.
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Credentialing Terms

  • AB 1620 (Scott)

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    Based on out of state programs and experience.
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  • AB 939 (Pacheco)

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    This assembly bill established an alternate route for out-of-state trained applicants to obtain a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist Instruction Credential.
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  • Appeals (Staff Appeals)

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    A process which allows Commission staff to grant a one-year extension or reissue a credential or permit when an applicant verifies good cause for not completing renewal requirements.
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  • Basic Teaching Credential

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    This is a teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a professional preparation program including student teaching or a full-time Designated Subjects Credential, a baccalaureate degree and CBEST
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  • Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD)

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    An authorization to provide specialized instruction to individuals for whom English is a second language. Specifically it authorizes instruction for 1) English Language Development (ELD) in preschool, K-12, and adults (restrictions apply to holders of Children Center Permits, Child Development Permits, and Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials), 2) Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit), and 3) instruction for primary language development and content instruction delivered in the primary language (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit). The BCLAD authorization can be listed on a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as an emphasis if a college program was completed or, if the applicant met BCLAD requirements separate from the teacher preparation program, a BCLAD Certificate may be obtained.
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  • Clear Credential

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    A teaching credential with no further academic requirements to be completed that was issued prior to 9/1/85. Professional growth and successful service are not required for renewal, only submission of an application and current fees.
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  • Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD)

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    An authorization to provide specialized instruction to individuals for whom English is a second language. Specifically, it authorizes instruction for 1) English Language Development (ELD) in preschool, K-12 and adults (restrictions apply to holders of Children Center Permits, Child Development Permits, and Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials) and 2) Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit). The CLAD authorization can be listed on a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as an emphasis if a college program was completed or, if the applicant met CLAD requirements separate from the teacher preparation program, a CLAD Certificate may be obtained.
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  • District Internships

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    A program that is developed and implemented by a school district or County Office of Education in accordance with a Professional Development Plan for the training and certification of prospective teachers.
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  • Internship Programs

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    College or University Internships -- A program which is a cooperative effort between a school district and an institution of higher education. Internship programs must be approved by the Commission prior to enrolling students and may not be available in all school districts. It allows credential candidates to be employed while completing a credential program.
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  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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    Authorizes the teaching of a variety of subjects in a self-contained K-12 classroom. Self-contained classrooms are usually found at the elementary level. The holder has demonstrated the knowledge required to teach multiple subjects through successful completion of an approved teacher education program.
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  • National Board of Certification

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    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a 63-member board of directors. This board rigorously assesses an experienced teacher's qualifications for the purpose of issuing a National Certificate.
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  • One-Year Non-Renewable Credential (OYNR)

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    Can be requested by employers of out-of-state prepared applicants who have completed all requirements for the credential except passage of the CBEST.
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  • Pre-Ryan Credentials

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    General - Originally issued under provisions of the law that existed prior to 1961. The Generals were only issued as clear credentials and were therefore considered to be one-tier credentials. These credentials are no longer issued on an initial basis but renewals are issued to the holders of General Credentials. Some were issued for the life of the holder and need not be renewed.
     
     Standard (Fisher) - Originally issued under the provisions of law (Fisher Act) beginning in 1961 and available to first-time applicants until September 15, 1974 and under certain conditions until 1976. The Standards were issued under a two-tier system. Most individuals who qualified for requirements, were issued a clear (or full) credential. These credentials are not longer issued on an initial basis but renewals are issued to the holders of clear Standard Credentials. Some were issued for the life of the holder and need not be renewed.
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  • Preliminary Credentials

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    Refers to Ryan Credentials valid for five years, issued to California-trained individuals who have a bachelor's degree, teacher preparation program including student teaching, CBEST, and subject-matter competence. Additional academic requirements must be completed to qualify for the Professional Clear Credential. Out-of-state applicants who have not completed subject matter competence may be issued a one or two-year preliminary credential. A preliminary credential has the same authorization as the clear or professional clear credential.
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  • Preliminary I and II Credentials

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    Two-tier structure of completing credential requirements used for the Education Specialist Instruction Teaching Credentials and the Designated Subjects Adult and Vocational Teaching Credentials.
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  • Professional Clear Credentials

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    Issued to individuals who qualify for their initial Ryan clear basic teaching credential after 8/31/85 and verify completion of a fifth-year of study, and the health education, mainstreaming, and computer education requirements. The holder must verify completion of the professional growth requirements every five years in order to renew their credential. These requirements also apply to the Professional Clear Designated Subjects and Service Credentials.
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  • Professional Growth

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    Activities that contribute to a credential holder's competence, performance or effectiveness in the profession of education.
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  • Professional Growth Plan and Record Form

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    The specific form that must be completed to verify completion of professional growth activities.
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  • Professional Service Requirement

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    Successful service in a certificated position or another professional capacity rendered in subjects commonly taught in public schools for the equivalent of at least one-half of a school year through the five-year renewal cycle.
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  • Provisional Intern Permit (PIP)

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    A permit issued at the request of an employing school district, County Office of Education, or state agency to fill a temporary staffing vacancy or need. They are issued for a minimum of six months, but not more than one year. Employing agencies are required to have a current Declaration of Need on file with the Commission before permits of this type may be issued. Individuals must complete a baccalaureate degree, CBEST, and a minimum number of units or verify subject matter competence to qualify for the permit. Employers must provide orientation, guidance and assistance to holders of emergency permits.
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  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)

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    An examination developed by CCTC to test Multiple Subject Teaching Credential candidates competence in the teaching of reading. Required with the initial issuance of Multiple Subject Credentials issued on or after October 1, 1998.
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  • Ryan Teaching Credentials

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    These credentials are issued under the provisions of the Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 2970 (The Ryan Act), its subsequent amendments and additions, including the Bergeson Act of 1988, and other laws and regulations currently in effect. The Ryan Credentials are issued under a two-tier system. Normally, individuals who qualified for their initial credential are issued a preliminary credential. Then, after completing additional requirements, they are issued a professional clear credential. These credentials are the only ones that may be issued to first-time applicants
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  • SB 1969 (Hughes)

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    Created during the 1994 legislative session, it established an alternative route for permanent teachers to be assigned to teach English learners. Teachers who complete the training in the staff development and pass an assessment are issued Certificates of Completion by school districts and County Offices of Education.
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  • Single Subject Assessments for Teachers (SSAT)

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    Standardized multiple choice and constructed response examinations for single subject credential candidates to demonstrate subject matter knowledge as an alternative to completion of a university-based subject matter program.
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  • Single Subject Teaching Credential

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    Authorizes teaching of a specific subject in a departmentalized K-12 classroom usually found at the middle or secondary level. The holder has demonstrated the subject matter knowledge required to teach the single subject through successful completion of an approved academic program and by completion of subject matter course work or passage of multiple choice and standardized constructed response examinations.
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  • Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE)

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    A component of a comprehensive program for English learners, consisting of a variety of strategies, techniques, and materials specially designed to provide students at an intermediate or advanced level of English proficiency access to grade-level core curriculum in English. Must be provided by a teacher who has a credential appropriate to the assignment and CLAD emphasis or Certificate or who is in training for such an authorization.
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  • Subject Matter Competence

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    A specified level of a teacher's content knowledge of the subject(s) listed on a credential as determined by completion of an approved program or by passage of the appropriate subject matter examination(s).
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  • Supplementary Authorizations

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    Supplementary authorizations are subjects added to Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary, Single Subject, Standard Secondary, and some Special Secondary Teaching Credentials on the basis of 20 (or 10 upper division or graduate) semester units in the subject and any teaching credential when the holder has taught successfully in the subject for a minimum number of years and meets the specific requirements.
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