ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: Guidance regarding The Credentialing of Education Personnel requirements

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.

 

 

Certification Reminder- July 1 Renewals are Due!

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.

 

Certification Update- Are YOU Due July 1, 2019?

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 cert.doe@maine.gov.

 

 

 

 

Input Sought for Teacher Shortage Areas

As part of a federal requirement, the Maine Department of Education submits to the U.S. Department of Education teacher shortage areas for designation, based on collected data and public input.  The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation.

The Department intends to propose the following as K-12 teacher shortage areas during the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Early Childhood (0-5)
  • Early Elementary (K-3)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Gifted/Talented
  • World Languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German)
  • Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Teacher of Severely Impaired Students)
  • Science (Grades 5-8, Physical Sciences 7-12)
  • Theater
  • CTE (Automotive Mechanic, Carpentry, Computer Information Services, Machine Tool Operator, Weld Braze Solder, Plumbing, Law Enforcement, Co-Op Industrial Training, Agricultural Production, Forestry Products and Processing, Food Production Management, Business Administration, Child Care-Guidance)

The Maine Department of Education is committed to working with our schools to most accurately represent the needs and shortage areas across our state. We recognize the diverse geographic regions and varying conditions that comprise our public education system, and strive for equitable and accurate representation.

To provide input regarding a specific shortage area, or to propose additional shortage areas, please contact Emily Gribben with supporting materials by May 10, 2019.

MEDIA RELEASE: Certification Processing Reduced to Three Weeks

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce that its certification office has reached its operational goal of a three-week turnaround time for processing educator certification applications that are complete. This is an enormous improvement from the significant processing times educators have been experiencing.

“The Department has been working diligently to reduce processing times to ensure that qualified educators can receive a Maine teaching credential as quickly as possible,” said Commissioner Pender Makin. “We know how critical the certification process is, especially during a time when many of our schools are experiencing a shortage of teachers and substitutes.”

In 2017, the Maine Department of Education launched a new online certification system called the Maine Educator Credentialing System (MEIS). It is a web-based educator credentialing system which replaced an outdated paper application certification system. At this point in the rollout of MEIS, Maine educators and administrators are able to manage their certification renewals completely online. The next phase of the rollout will allow initial educator applications to be submitted completely online by educators, this will be followed by the rollout of the public certification portal.