PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed changes for Certification and PEPG Rules; Hearings on Dec. 27

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s efforts to streamline certification processes for Maine educators; align certification rules with current statute; and ensure that new and conditionally certified teachers have access to high quality peer support, the Department is proposing revisions to Rule Chapter 180: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems, revisions Rule Chapter … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed changes for Certification and PEPG Rules; Hearings on Dec. 27

Federal Funds and Teacher Qualifications

As a direct result of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 (2015) teacher certification language was revised and amended. Current education law, requires educators to achieve full State certification and licensure. The enactment of the ESSA removed the federal Highly Qualified Teacher … Continue reading Federal Funds and Teacher Qualifications

PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education’s new online certification system, Maine Certification Information System (MCIS), is scheduled for a soft release to staff and educators at pilot schools, and will be available to administrators, and local support system chair people statewide on Monday, October 30th. MCIS is targeted to be available to all … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system

PRIORITY NOTICE: New certification system set to open for pilot schools and admins on 10/30

The Maine DOE’s new online certification system, Maine Certification Information System (MCIS), is scheduled for a soft release to staff and educators at pilot schools, and will be available to administrators, and local support system chair people statewide on Monday, October 30th. MCIS is targeted to be available to all educators and the general public … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: New certification system set to open for pilot schools and admins on 10/30

Revised certification rules: guidance and clarification (Chapter 115)

The revised Chapter 115 certification rules have arrived and the Maine Department of Education (DOE) is providing the following clarifications:  Part I of Chapter 115 goes into effect August 12th, 2017.   Part II does not go into effect until July 1, 2019, including the revisions to grade spans.  For now we will continue to use the … Continue reading Revised certification rules: guidance and clarification (Chapter 115)

PRIORITY NOTICE: Requirements for renewal of criminal history records check

Beginning July 1, 2017, the processing of renewal of criminal history records check for those individuals that have not been continuously employed will require a national criminal history records check in order to be in compliance with State law (20-A MRS §6103) and rules (05-71 Chapter 115 Part 1, Section 3.2). Individuals that have not … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Requirements for renewal of criminal history records check

New Online Certification System Training for Superintendents and Support Chairs

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) will be offering training sessions for superintendents and support system chairs to learn the new online certification system this spring and summer (online training for educators will also be available later this summer). At each training session participants can expect to learn how to log in, navigate the system, … Continue reading New Online Certification System Training for Superintendents and Support Chairs