704 KAR 3:420. Preschool associate teachers

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/704/003/420.htm
Published: 2015

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      704 KAR 3:420. Preschool associate



      RELATES TO: 156.160, 157.3175


156.160, 157.3175


KRS 156.160 authorizes the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative

regulations establishing standards which school districts shall meet in

student, program, service and operational performance. KRS 157.3175 authorizes

preschool education programs and authorizes that administrative regulations be

promulgated to establish eligibility criteria, program guidelines, and

standards for personnel. This administrative regulation establishes the

criteria for paraprofessional instructional personnel, including a

differentiated job description from certified teachers, qualifications for the

position, and responsibilities for certified personnel providing supervision of

preschool associate teachers.


      Section 1. Definitions. (1)

"Curriculum oversight" means supervision of a preschool associate

teacher by a qualified professional.

      (2) "Preschool associate

teacher" means a classified employee employed by a local school district

in a paraprofessional role to organize, manage and provide direct instruction

to children below primary school age under the supervision of a qualified


      (3) "Qualified

professional" means a person who:

      (a) Meets one (1) of the criteria

established in Section 3(2) of this administrative regulation; and

      (b) Is responsible for the curriculum

in an early childhood classroom or program operated by a paraprofessional

preschool associate teacher.


      Section 2. Role of a Preschool

Associate Teacher. (1) A local school district may employ a preschool associate

teacher to do the following:

      (a) Manage the daily operation of

preschool classrooms or other early childhood programs:

      (b) Provide direct instruction to

children based on identified skills:

      (c) Assist in assessing the skills of

individual children;

      (d) Assist in implementing individual

education programs (IEP's) of children with disabilities; and

      (e) Provide parent information on

progress of individual children.

      (2) A preschool associate teacher

shall receive at least weekly contact and consultation by a qualified

professional regarding the classroom, the curriculum and the teacher

performance standards in interdisciplinary early childhood education

established in 704 KAR 20:084.

      (a) The qualified professional shall

determine a regular schedule for onsite visits and observation no less than

monthly and based on the skills and experience of the preschool associate

teacher. Additional onsite contact and consultation for individual children

with disabilities shall be provided as specified in the IEP.

      (b) The activities of the preschool

associate teacher shall reflect the guidance of the professional assigned to

provide curriculum oversight.


      Section 3. Qualifications. (1) A

preschool associate teacher shall hold one (1) of the following or its

equivalent as approved by the Department of Education:

      (a) An associate degree with a

professional core of courses in early childhood education or child development;

      (b) A child development associate

certificate conferred by the Council for Early Childhood Professional

Recognition; or

      (c) A Kentucky vocational diploma for

preschool teacher.

      (2) A local board may request

approval of a preschool associate teacher who has begun and is in the process

of completing a degree, diploma or certificate specified in subsection (1) of

this section.

      (3) Curriculum oversight shall be

provided by an individual who meets one (1) of the following criteria:

      (a) Holds certification or a

statement of eligibility for interdisciplinary early childhood education;

      (b) Has been exempted by the Kentucky

Education Professional Standards Board from additional certification in order

to continue teaching in an early childhood position;

      (c) Provided supervision to a

preschool Level III teachers under the interim requirements in 704 KAR 3:410

prior to the 1999-2000 school year; or

      (d) Is qualified to serve on an

internship team for interns in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

pursuant to 704 KAR 20:690. (25 Ky.R. 2244; Am. 2986; eff. 6-7-99.)