13A.12.04.04

.04 Supervisors of Instruction, Assistant Principals, and Principals.

A. Application of Regulation.

(1) This regulation applies to obtaining certification as an Administrator I or Administrator II.

(2) If a principal in a regular school transfers to become a principal in a special education school, the principal shall have special education certification as set forth in Regulation .13A of this chapter.

(3) If a principal in a special education school transfers to become a principal in a regular school, no additional certification requirements are applicable.

B. Administrator I.

(1) This certificate qualifies an individual to be assigned as a supervisor of instruction or assistant principal.

(2) The applicant shall have:

(a) A master's degree from an IHE;

(b) 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance on a professional certificate or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist as defined in COMAR 13A.12.03; and

(3) Completed one of the following:

(a) A Department-approved program which leads to certification as a supervisor of instruction, assistant principal, or principal that includes the outcomes in the Maryland instructional leadership framework;

(b) An approved program which leads to certification as a supervisor of instruction, assistant principal, or principal in accordance with the interstate agreement; or

(c) 18 semester hours of graduate course work taken at an IHE at the post-baccalaureate level to include a balance of content in the following categories:

(i) Curriculum, instruction, and assessment;

(ii) Development, observation, and evaluation of staff;

(iii) Legal issues and ethical decision-making;

(iv) School leadership, management and administration; and

(v) Practicum, internship, or a collaboratively designed and supervised experience by the local school system and IHE to include Department approved instructional leadership outcomes with verification of this experience submitted by the applicant.

C. Administrator II.

(1) This certificate qualifies an individual to be assigned as a school principal.

(2) The applicant, before initial appointment as principal, shall:

(a) Complete the requirements for Administrator I; and

(b) Present evidence of a qualifying score as established by the State Board on a Department-approved principal certification assessment.

(3) A principal who enters Maryland from another state may obtain an Administrator II certificate if that principal held a valid professional state certificate and verification of at least 27 months of satisfactory performance as a principal during the past 7 years on the basis of which application is being made for a like or comparable Maryland certificate.

D. Special Provisions.

(1) An applicant who successfully completes the requirements under Regulation .05D of this chapter for the resident principal certificate may obtain an Administrator II certificate.

(2) A Standard Professional certificate or Advanced Professional certificate shall be considered valid for service as principal of an elementary school of not more than six teachers if the principal teaches at least 50 percent of the school day.

(3) A person who holds the position of assistant principal on the date this regulation becomes effective shall meet the requirements of §B of this regulation not later than the end of the first full validity period after the renewal of the currently held certificate.