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Archive for October 2012

Converting Initial Administrator License to Professional Administrator License

The Board of Educational Examiners met with School Administrators of Iowa on the issue of acceptable experience to convert an initial administrator license to a professional administrator license. Many individuals have been hired at school districts to serve in positions such as dean of students or school improvement leaders and wish to utilize this experience to convert the initial administrator license to a professional administrator license. The BOEE and SAI developed the following procedure:

The BOEE will convert an Initial Administrator license to a Professional Administrator license when all of the following criteria are met.

  1. The applicant has a valid Initial Administrator License.
  2. The applicant had an administrator contract with the district during the year(s) claimed on the application.
  3. The applicant was reported on BEDS as an administrator during the year(s) claimed on the application.
  4. The applicant has the required administrative experience
    • 1 year in a public school
    • 2 years in a private or out-of-state school
  5. The applicant completes the conversion application
    • Section II on the form(public school experience) completed by supervising administrator stating that:
      • Applicant has successfully completed required 1 year of experience and
      • Applicant has successfully completed a mentoring and induction program and
      • Applicant meets or exceeds all Iowa School Leadership Standards
    • OR Section III on the form (out of state or non-public school experience) completed by supervising administrator stating that: Applicant has successfully completed required 2 years of experience
    • $85.00 fee submitted with the application.

Written by iowaboee

October 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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Starting the School Year With a Substitute Teacher

Questions have arisen regarding the rule about substitute teacher starting the school year:
282—13.16(272) Specific requirements for a substitute teacher’s license.
13.16(3) Authorization. The holder of a substitute license is authorized to teach in any school system in any position in which a regularly licensed teacher was employed to begin the school year except in the driver’s education classroom.

 

1. What if the teacher is out on medical leave?  Can I start the school year with a substitute teacher?

Yes, the rule indicates that if a regularly licensed teacher (the one out on medical leave) is employed to begin the school year, then  you may place a substitute in the room until the regular teacher returns.

2. What if a teacher quits a few days before the school year starts and I have not had time to find a suitable replacement?  Can I start the school year with a substitute teacher?

The BOEE understands that last minute situations like this may arise.  Thus you may proceed with your standard process of replacing the teacher and use the substitute for the short amount of time that may entail.

3. What if we have to add a new section on the first day of class due to enrollment?

This is similar to the above situation.  If you need to start with a substitute teacher while proceeding quickly to hire the full teacher, the BOEE understands this dilemma. 

4. What if I can’t find a teacher who is appropriately licensed for the open position?  Can I start the school year with a substitute teacher?

No, you should request a Class B or administrative decision license for a teacher who is willing to complete the requirements for the particular position.  This will be in the best interest of the students so they have a teacher who is completing the specific requirements for the content that is being taught.

Written by iowaboee

October 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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Hiring New Teachers – Licensure Questions & Answers

How can I verify if a teacher may begin teaching?

  1.  Check if the person holds an Iowa teaching license.
  2. Check the BOEE website:  https://www.iowaonline.state.ia.us/boee/ 
  3. With this search function, you will input the person’s name.
  4. If the information is listed on the website that the person has a teaching license, the person may begin working for you in the endorsement areas listed.

What if there is no teaching license listed but I can find a folder number?

If there is no teaching license, the person may not begin teaching.

A folder number only means that a part of the application has been submitted.

Additional information is needed before the license will be issued.

How can I verify this information?

  1. You may contact the BOEE by phone or email.  The staff directory lists the contact information at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/contacts.html or you may call the main phone at 515.281.3245. 
  2. They will look up the information that has been submitted.
  3. If all materials have been submitted and the BOEE is just waiting for the FBI background check clearance, the BOEE can issue a temporary permit for this individual.
  4. With a temporary permit, the person may begin teaching.

Written by iowaboee

October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

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