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 be accepted, 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, thus taking two school years to complete the required ten months of teaching experience in order to qualify for the student teaching waiver in your program, they may want to have a conversation with their employing district to have some reasonable assurance they understand the expectation and requirements of the program. 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 give a second thought to 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:
- have an approved plan of study
- have been accepted into the SOE
- have completed a minimum of twelve credits in their certification content area
- have presented qualifying scores on all required certification exams to the SOE
- have obtained a clearance from the Office of Clinical Field Placements that no pending or outstanding actions exist
- obtain approval from the Candidate’s Advisor or Department Chair supporting the DSAP assignment and supervision
Candidates in an initial educator programs serving under a DSAP must register for EDU 999 during the initial semester of the DSAP and be supervised by university faculty that semester and the following semester. If they are not otherwise registering for any program courses during the second semester of the of their DSAP supervision, then they must pay the continuous enrollment fee. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for certification within two years.
Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) advanced program Candidates matriculated in an advanced certification program, designated as a shortage area program by the state, 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.
Submitting an APPLICATION PACKET FOR a DSAP
All candidates must submit a completed application packet supplied by the Office of Certification in the School of Education (SOE) requesting that the SCSU SOE and the applicant's 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
- A copy of final approved Planned Program
- The completed Original ED 177 Form – This is to be attached in order 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 signatures in the 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 that document marked “COPY” by the Employing District.
- Official Transcripts – If the candidate is submitting an original ED177 Form, he/she will need to include transcripts that can be forwarded to the state with the 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 complete packet is received. Part B of the ED177 application is 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 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.