As many of you are aware, Maine Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. approved a one-year extension for all certificates with an expiration date of July 1, 2017. Those impacted teachers, educational specialists, and administrators with certificates that would have expired on July 1, 2017, now have an expiration date of July 1, 2018.
The 2018 extension will also be applied to Educational Technicians whose expiration date is February 1, 2018. Those impacted Educational Technicians will now have an expiration date of July 1, 2018.
The purpose for this extension is to allow the Department of Education time to implement the new online certification system. The new online system is currently in the security testing phase and is being used by Department staff before launching to select pilot schools. Staff have already created great efficiencies; however extra time is needed to ensure all security requirements have been met.
To track further progress of the online certification system, please visit the Maine DOE Certification webpage.
To check your certification and/or administrative credentialing status please visit the NEO Portal.
For further questions, contact the Certification office at (207) 624-6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.