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Category 3: National Organization Certifications
American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification is accepted for Speech-Language Pathology licensure. National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) certification is accepted for School Psychologist licensure as substitutes for the 125 clock hours required for renewal. These certifications meet the 125 clock-hour requirement, but do not necessarily meet the additional Minnesota Board of Teaching Rule 8710.7200 licensure renewal requirements.
Speech-language pathologists must also provide to the local continuing education committee verification of professional development activities in meeting all state requirements: using positive behavior strategies; accommodations, modifications, and adaptations related to graduation standards; key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents, Technology Integration (2012) and the 5-year Reflective Statement (2012). In addition, speech language pathologists must verify professional development activities related to reading preparation. These additional professional development activities may have been included in the national organization certification, but must be identified for the local continuing education committee.

National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) Local committees will accept verification of holding NCSP certification as equivalent to fulfilling the 125 clock hour requirements. As stated in Minnesota Rule 8710.7200 Subpart 5, if the certificate expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee shall prorate hours completed under this exception (25 hours per year) and require completion of a prorated number of clock hours for the year the certificate is not in effect.

All school psychologists renewing licensure must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting MN Rule 8710.7200 Subpart 2 requirements: using positive behavior strategies; accommodations, modifications, and adaptations related to graduation standards; key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents, Technology Integration (2012) and the 5-year Reflective Statement (2012). School Psychologists are exempt from the reading preparation requirement stated in MN Rule 8710.7200 Subpart 2.

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher is actively engaged in and making progress toward National Board of Professional Standards Certification or other national professional teaching certification approved by the Board of Teaching at the time of renewal as equivalent to fulfilling all clock hour requirements for continuing license renewal. A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher has earned National Board or other approved certification as equivalent to all clock hour requirements during the life of the certificate. If the certificate expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee shall prorate hours completed under this exception and require completion of a prorated number of clock hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.
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