The State Board is proposing the reinstatement of Chapter 115 Part II: Requirements for Specific Certificates and Endorsements, which was in effect May 14, 2014. This rule, following the emergency adoption of the same version of Chapter 115, maintains the status quo for credentialing at this time, and will be in effect until such time as the State Board develops new Chapter 115 rules.
Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 115 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).
Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 115:
- December 16, 2019 from 9:30am- 11:00am
- Room 500 in the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
- All are welcome to attend, and no RSVP is required. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing comments to:
Maine Department of Education
attention: Jaci Holmes
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Comment Period Deadline: December 27, 2019
As districts are finishing their hiring for the year, please remember that new, conditionally certified special education teachers who are beginning their first year of teaching with this status are required to contact Valerie Smith Valerie.email@example.com (207) 581-2419 to participate in Maine’s Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program. MACM offers intensive, structured mentoring and coursework for new conditionally certified special educators. The program helps these teachers to work toward their professional certification and to become fully certified special educators. For more information on MACM please visit https://umaine.edu/edhd/research-outreach/macm/
Administrative Letter: #26
Policy Code: GCFC
To: Public School Administrators, Teachers
From: Pender Makin, Commissioner
Date: 3 July 2019
Subject: Amendments to Chapter 115, certification and credentialing
The Legislature recently authorized a series of changes to Chapter 115 through Public Law 2019 Chapter 101 Resolve, that is scheduled to go into effect on September 19, 2019. Until then, the Department will continue to apply the pre-existing language of Chapter 115. The Department will notify you when changes become effective.
We have now received 52% of renewal applications for the July 1 expiration date. The process is all online, so please don’t delay!
- Please be sure to complete and submit your renewal application online at https://www.mymainecertification.com/SSO_PROD/Signin.aspx and use the credit card payment option.
- Remember that educators who have an ed tech or teaching certificate will not have an additional CHRC clearance line listed, as the CHRC clearance is a prerequisite for the certificate, and therefor is embedded with, and expires at the same time as, the certificate.
- Please refrain from sending cash in the mail with certification applications, as this does slow down the process significantly.
Maine Department of Education is proud to share that our certification team continues to process a number of new certificates for those joining the education profession or who are seeking new endorsements. In addition, they have processed and issued renewed certificates to 48% of those whose certification is set to expire July 1, 2019. While their turnaround time is currently, and amazingly, around three weeks, we are concerned that there are still 2,869 certificate holders who have not yet submitted the required documentation and payment, and whose certification will lapse July 1! Please note that anyone renewing certification MUST fill out an online form and provide payment. Information on how to create an account or for instructions on how to submit the renewal application is provided here for your convenience.
FMI or for any questions, please contact our Certification Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.