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(1) Recognized occupations eligible for a Class 4 license shall be evaluated on an annual basis by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Appropriate career and technical education areas acceptable for endorsement on the Class 4 license include but are not limited to the following: automotive technology, welding, auto body, industrial mechanics, agriculture business (marketing and communications), livestock production, plant and soil sciences, small engines, heavy equipment operations, electronics, horticulture, agriculture mechanics, building trades, building maintenance, culinary arts, metals, drafting, computer information systems, graphic arts, aviation, health science education, machining, diesel mechanics, videography, and stagecraft.

(2) Endorsements removed from the list of recognized occupations may be retained as long as the licensee continues to renew the license.

(3) To obtain an endorsement on a Class 4 license, an applicant must provide verification of a minimum of 10,000 hours of documented, relevant work experience which may include apprenticeship training, documenting the knowledge and skills required in the specific trade in which they are to teach. Acceptable documentation of relevant work experience is determined by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and may include, but is not limited to:

(a) work experience completed and verified by previous employers, to include a detailed description of the duties performed during employment;

(b) for self-employed individuals, examples of projects completed, letters of verification from clients or customers, profit and loss statements demonstrating the viability of the business or self-employment;

(c) verification of teaching experience in the area requested for endorsement, accompanied by verification of substantial work experience in the area requested for endorsement; or

(d) certificates of completion of appropriate technical programs or related college degrees and coursework, and industry certification (e.g., ASE, AWS).

(4) for health science education or computer information systems, an alternative to the above requirement of 10,000 hours work experience may be substituted as approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as follows:

(a) For health science education:

(i) hold a Class 1 or 2 license with an endorsement in health or any of the science areas;

(ii) verification of participation in or completion of an approved internship program in a medical setting; and

(iii) successful completion of coursework in human biology and anatomy and physiology; or

(iv) hold a current professional license or certificate in a related health occupation field;

(b) for computer information systems an individual may provide verification of completion of an approved technical program in a recognized training institution and hold a professional license or recognized industry standard certificate.

(5) A Class 4A, 4B, or 4C career and technical education license may be approved to teach traffic education if the license meets the requirements of ARM 10.13.310.

History: 20-4-102, MCA; IMP, 20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA; NEW, 2002 MAR p. 3309, Eff. 11/28/02; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 2081, Eff. 9/26/03; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 345, Eff. 3/27/09; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 2930, Eff. 7/1/15.

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