Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP)
SCSU Participation in Connecticut DSAP Program
Candidates matriculated into a graduate certification program, designated as a shortage area program by the state, may be eligible to accept a teaching position under a DSAP if supported by the program department. To qualify, a candidate must be able to serve under their permit for a minimum of ten (10) full months to be eligible to waive the student teaching/internship requirement. The DSAP teaching position must be in the same content area for which the candidate's plan of study for state certification has been approved.
The School of Education or any program may choose to not support or participate in a DSAP request for any reason. Candidates are strongly advised to consult with their academic departments prior to accepting any DSAP positions on how the position may affect your planned program and academic progress.
Candidates in initial educator preparation programs should be advised that if they are choosing to apply for a DSAP that will be effective across two academic school years, they may want to have a conversation with their employing district to be sure there is some reasonable assurance both parties understand the expectations and requirements for the student teaching waiver. If there is any uncertainty, on the candidate’s part or the districts’ part, about their ability to complete the ten months they may want to reconsider accepting the position. If they cannot finish the ten months teaching experience during the validity period of the permit they may need to student teach to complete their planned program.
To be eligible for School of Education (SOE) approval, candidates must:
- an approved plan of study
- been accepted into the SOE
- completed a minimum of twelve credits at SCSU
- presented qualifying scores on all required certification exams to the SOE
- obtained a signature of notification from the Office of Educational Services that no pending or outstanding actions exist (initial candidates only)
- obtained support from the Candidate’s Advisor or program Coordinator, and Department Chair supporting the DSAP assignment and supervision
- obtained support from the SOE Dean's Office supporting the DSAP assignment and supervision
Candidates in an initial educator programs serving under a DSAP must register for EDU 999 during each semester of the initial DSAP and be supervised by university faculty during both semesters. If a Candidate cannot complete their program requirements within the initial year of the permit they apply for a renewal if appropriate minimum progress toward completion has been made.
Candidates in an advanced educator program serving under a DSAP may be eligible to accept a position under a DSAP if supported by the program department. The DSAP position must be in the same content area for which the candidate's plan of study for state certification has been approved. If a Candidate cannot complete their program requirements within the initial year of the permit they may apply for a renewal if appropriate minimum progress toward completion has been made.
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION PACKET FOR A DSAP
All candidates must submit a completed application packet provided by the Office of Certification in the School of Education (SOE) requesting that the SCSU SOE and the Applicants program department support participation in the DSAP program. This application packet includes, but is not limited to,
- The DSAP Certification Checklist -
- SCSU Department Approval Form -
- Copy of Approved Planned Program -
- The completed Original ED 177 Form – This attached to assist you in consolidating processes. Parts I, II, III, and IV of the ED177 application form must be completed and signed by the applicant while the Employing Agent must complete Parts V, VI, and Part A of the application along with appropriate original signatures in the appropriate designated sections. If the Employing District submits or has submitted the original ED177 Form directly to the state, then the applicant must obtain and submit a full and clear copy of Parts I - VI of the ED177 marked “COPY” and Part A with appropriate original signatures by the Employing District.
- Official Transcripts – If the Candidate is submitting an original ED177 Form, transcripts will need to be included with the packet that can be forwarded to the state with the completed original application. This would include a SCSU transcript and transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended.
PROCESSING THE ED177 APPLICATION
Incomplete application packets are not accepted by the Certification Office. Application packets are processed once a completed packet is received. Parts B & C of the ED177 application are completed, signed, given the University Seal, and sent directly to the CT-DOE with any provided transcripts and supporting documents. Two copies of the completed application are also sent to the applicant.
Once the candidate receives the Durational Permit from the CT-DOE he/she must submit a copy of that permit to the Certification Office in order to validate the starting date of the ten months of teaching experience. The ten month experience clock does not start until the issue date of the permit.
ENROLLING IN EDU 999 SUPERVISION & APPRAISAL
Candidates in initial educator programs serving under a DSAP must register for EDU 999 during each semester of the initial DSAP and be supervised by university faculty during both semesters. Once the ED177 application has been submitted to the CT-DOE the Certification Officer enters into the University Banner System the Approval to Enroll in the EDU 999 Course for the current semester and sends the candidate an email notifying them of the action. The candidate is also informed that they may now be able to contact the Registrar’s Office and initiate the registration process for the course. Depending on the time of year or point in the semester there may be late registration permission steps and fees that will need to be taken care of and addressed.
At the same time Candidates should have registered for the appropriate seminar class as that is the support class to be attending with the other student teachers during the initial semester.
Application Packet Forms
- DSAP Application Checklist Directions
- DSAP Application Checklist
- Connecticut 177 DSAP Application
- DSAP SoE Approval Form
Ken Bungert, Certification Officer
Phone: (203) 392-6295
Fax: (203) 392-5992
Davis Hall 103A
Phone: (203) 392-5902
Fax: (203) 392-5992
Davis Hall 103