(As Amended at ARRS, October 13, 2015)
16 KAR 3:040. Director of special
TO: KRS 156.101, 157.250, 161.020, 161.030
AUTHORITY: KRS 157.250, 161.020, 161.028, 161.030
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 161.020, 161.028, and 161.030 require[requires]
that teachers and other professional school personnel hold certificates of
legal qualifications for their respective positions to be issued upon
completion of programs of preparation prescribed by the Education Professional
Standards Board. KRS 161.028(1)(b) requires that a[;
furthermore, the] teacher education institution[institutions
are required to] be approved for offering the preparation programs
corresponding to particular certificates on the basis of standards and
procedures established by the Education Professional Standards Board. This
administrative regulation establishes the director of special education
certificate, the program approval standards for the preparation-certification
program for directors of special education, and[identifies] acceptable
certificates for individuals who may serve in a position that[which]
supervises, directs, administers, or coordinates special education programs.
1. Definitions. (1) "Level I" means the standards-based program of
studies designed for minimal preparation to serve in the position of director
of special education.
"Level II" means the standards-based program of studies to attain the
first five (5) year renewal of the certificate for the position of director of
"Qualified applicant" means an applicant who holds the appropriate
certification as a director of special education unless the superintendent of
the employing school district has documented evidence that the applicant is
unsuitable for appointment.
2. (1) The professional certificate for director of special education shall be
issued in accordance with KRS Chapter 161 and KAR Title 16[the
pertinent Kentucky statutes and administrative regulations of the Education
Professional Standards Board] to an applicant who has satisfied the
prerequisites and who has completed an approved program of preparation that[which]
corresponds to the certificate at a teacher education institution approved
under the standards and procedures included in 16 KAR 5:010 and this section.
As prerequisites for the Level I program of preparation for the initial
professional certificate for director of special education, the candidate
Have been admitted to a preparation program approved by the Education
Professional Standards Board pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010;
Have completed three (3) years of full-time experience as a teacher or school
psychologist with a minimum of one (1) year as a teacher of exceptional
children or school psychologist;
Have attained a master’s degree[Rank II certification]; and
Qualify for a Kentucky teaching certificate or school psychologist certificate.
If a candidate’s master’s degree[Rank II certification]
is not in the educational leadership field, a teacher education institution may
require additional coursework in this field as part of the Level I preparation.
Application for the professional certificate for director of special education
shall be made on Form CA-1, incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010[TC-1].
The initial professional certificate for director of special education shall
Except as established in Section 4(1) of this administrative
regulation, issued for a duration period of five (5) years[(except
as provided in Section 4(1) of this administrative regulation)] upon
the successful completion of a Level I program approved by the Education
Professional Standards Board pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010; and
Renewed subsequently for five (5) year periods.
The first renewal shall require the completion of a Level II program approved
by the Education Professional Standards Board pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010.
Each five (5) year renewal thereafter shall require the completion of:
Two (2) years of experience as a director of special education;
Three (3) semester hours of additional graduate credit or the equivalent
related to the position of the director of special education; or
Forty-two (42) hours of approved training selected from programs approved for
the Kentucky Effective Instructional Leadership[Training] Program
provided in KRS 156.101.
If a lapse in certification occurs for lack of completion of the Level II
preparation, the certification may be reissued for a five (5) year period upon
successful completion of the Level II preparation.
If a lapse in certification occurs[, but] for the lack of
the renewal requirements, the certificate may be reissued after the completion
of an additional six (6) semester hours of graduate study or the equivalent
appropriate to the program.
Graduate level credit earned in the Level I and Level II preparation programs established[identified]
in this section shall be eligible for consideration of Rank I classification pursuant
to 16 KAR 8:010, "Plan I" or "Plan II".
3. Each person[All persons] whose job description
includes supervising, directing, administering, or coordinating special
education programs, at the district-wide level shall be required to hold one (1)[of
Endorsement for director of special education;
Professional certificate for director of special education;
Endorsement for supervisor of special education;
Endorsement for teacher consultant for special education;
Certificate valid for supervisor of instruction for persons serving in that
position[such positions] on July 14, 1992, as provided by KRS 157.250;
Valid certificate possessing the code ADSE for approval of director of
4.(1) If a qualified applicant is not available for the position of director of
special education, the superintendent on behalf of the local board of education
may request a professional certificate for director of special education for a
two (2) year period for an applicant who has:
A valid Kentucky certificate for teachers of exceptional children;
A master’s degree[Rank II certification];
Three (3) years of full-time experience teaching exceptional children;
Completed a course in special and regular education case law; and
Been admitted to the preparation program for the professional certificate for
director of special education.
Application for the two (2) year certificate for a director of special
education shall be made on Form CA-28[TC - 28].
The applicant shall complete the total curriculum for the professional
certificate for director of special education by September 1 of the year of
5. Incorporation by Reference. (1) “Form CA-28”, 10/15[08/15],
is incorporated by reference[The following material is incorporated by reference:
"Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School
Leaders" November 2, 1996;
"Form TC-1, rev. 10/02";
"Form TC-28, rev. 10/02"; and
"Technology Standards for School Administrators", 2001, Collaborative
for Technology Standards for School Administrators].
This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable
copyright law, at the Education Professional Standards Board, 100 Airport Road,
Third Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30
BY AGENCY: August 10, 2015
WITH LRC: August 14, 2015 at noon
PERSON: Jimmy Adams, Acting Executive Director, Education Professional
Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, Third Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601,
phone (502) 564-4606, fax (502) 564-7080.