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The full text of Chapter 115 can be accessed at www.maine.gov/doe/cert/statutes/index.html.

Chapter 115

PART II: Requirements for Specific Certificates and Endorsements

Summary: This part of Chapter 115 provides the specific requirements for each certificate and endorsement for teachers, educational specialists, and administrators. For each certificate or endorsement in Part II, applicants shall meet the requirements of Part I Section 3.1, Section 3.2, and Section 4.1.

1.8 Endorsement 660: English as a Second Language Teacher

A. Function: This endorsement on a teacher certificate allows the holder to teach English as a Second Language to students in kindergarten through grade 12.

B. Eligibility: Applicants shall meet eligibility requirements specified in Part I. In addition, eligibility for this endorsement shall be established by one of three pathways. Individuals who are not eligible through any of these pathways may be eligible for a conditional certificate, in accordance with Section 1.7.B.4, below, and Part I Section 5.4 of this rule.

1. Endorsement Eligibility Pathway 1

(a) Graduated from a Maine program approved for the education of English as a Second Language teachers, together with a formal recommendation from the preparing institution;

(b) Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in accordance

(c) with Part I Section 4.4 of this rule;

(d) Completed an approved course for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom”;

(e) Passed content area assessment, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013; and

(f) Passed Basic Skills Test in reading, writing, and mathematics, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013.

2. Endorsement Eligibility Pathway 2

(a) Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in accordance with Part I Section 4.4 of this rule;

(b) Holds a valid Maine provisional or professional teaching certificate with a K-3, K-8, 5-8, 7-12, or K-12 endorsement;

(c) Completed a minimum of 15 semester hours in English as a Second Language coursework;

(d) Completed an approved course for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom”;

(e) Passed content area assessment in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013; and

(f) Passed pedagogical knowledge and skills assessment at the appropriate grade level, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013, or successful completion of an approved alternative professional studies program.

3. Endorsement Eligibility Pathway 3

(a) Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in accordance with Part I Section 4.4 of this rule;

(b) Completed a minimum of 24 semester hours in English as a Second Language coursework;

(c) Completed an approved course for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom”;

(d) Passed content area assessment, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013;

(e) Passed Basic Skills Test in reading, writing and mathematics, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013;

(f) Passed Pedagogical knowledge assessment and skills at the appropriate grade level, in accordance with Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 013, or successful completion of an approved alternative professional studies program; and

(g) Completed one academic semester or a minimum of 15 weeks of full-time student teaching, or a combination of part-time and full-time student teaching in an amount equivalent to 15 weeks in this endorsement area at the specified grade level. This requirement shall be waived upon completion of one full year of successful teaching under a targeted need certificate, a conditional certificate, or a transitional endorsement in this endorsement area at the specified grade level.

4. Conditional Certificate for this Endorsement

(a) Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in accordance with Part I Section 4.4 of this rule; and

(b) Completed a minimum of 24 semester hours in English as a Second Language.