Rule 24:15:05:02 Eligibility.
24:15:05:02. Eligibility. Teach For
America, in coordination with the South Dakota Department of Education, shall
administer a program that provides an alternative route to certification, in
accordance with § 24:15:03:03. The Teach For
America alternative certification program is inclusive of K-8, 7-12, and K-12
age/grade span authorizations issued at the approved education program level.
To be eligible for the program, a person must meet the following requirements:
(1) Holds a bachelor's
degree or higher;
(2) Has maintained an
overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on an undergraduate transcript;
(3) Submits to a criminal
background investigation pursuant to SDCL chapter 13-10;
(4) Adheres to the Code of
Professional Ethics pursuant to chapter 24:08:03, as adopted by the
Professional Teachers Practices and Standards Commission; and
(5) Completes a screening
interview with Teach For America and an interview with
the school district;
(6) Completes the intensive
Teach For America application process and is accepted
into the Teach For America program;
(7) Meets the requirements
for "highly qualified teacher" status by taking and earning a
qualifying score on state certification exams for each subject or area
authorization in which the corps member may be certified in order to prove the
corps member's competency if the corps member is placed in a core content area
outside of the corps member's undergraduate preparation.
30 SDR 158, effective April 18, 2004.
Authority: SDCL 13-1-12.1, 13-42-3.
Implemented: SDCL 13-42-1 to 13-42-4, inclusive.
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