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  • 1. Teacher Licensing: What happened and what do I do now? Revised 05/18/10
  • 2. Overview: What Is REPA?
    • Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability
    • Signed into policy by the Governor March 31, 2010
    • Becomes effective May 14, 2010 (was originally scheduled to be implemented July 31, 2010)
    • http ://www.doe.in.gov/super/2010/05-May/051410/documents/memo_licensing_changes.pdf
    • Life Licensed teachers can disregard.
    • Licenses offered will be in 5 configurations: P-3, K-6,5-9, 5-12, and P-12. School settings will no longer be listed on licenses. Content areas and grade levels will be listed instead.
    • No one loses anything on a current license.
  • 3. Other School Service Personnel licenses under REPA
    • School Counselor
    • School Social Worker
    • School Nurse
    • School Psychologist
    • All these licenses will be P-12.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/SS_Lic.html
  • 4. How do I know what I can teach?
    • See the Assignment Code (REVISED JANUARY 2010)
    • Administrators use this to determine what a teacher can teach by DOE code.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/teach_with_license.html
    • If you cannot access it, check with your Uniserv Director or your building rep—he or she can check with administration to see if there is one available for you.
    • It typically aligns with the “Highly Qualified” checklist. This document has changed as of 01/10.
  • 5. HIGHLY QUALIFIED
    • ‘HQ’ is part of NCLB/ESEA
    • Related to licensing but not solely based on what appears on a teacher’s license.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/hqt
  • 6. Beginning Teachers
    • Currently Year 1 or Year 2
    • 1 st year—no more assigned mentor program from the state. Support is up to the local school corp. to determine.
    • Currently 2 nd year—NO portfolio--do IMAP instead
    • This year’s 1 st year teachers will also do IMAP. July 1, 2011 is last day for IMAP.
    • Beginning Teacher Residency—2 years, replaces past requirements.
  • 7. Renewal
    • Everyone renews the same way beginning with your next renewal with a simplified, online document professional growth experiences. (not available yet)
    • Renewal based on accumulating POINTS. 1 credit hour = 15 points. 1 actual seat hour in a DIBELS workshop (for example)=1 point. 1 seat hour in this workshop=1 point.
    • ANY combination of credit hours, workshops, etc., can be used.
    • The list of ways to earn points is very broad and open—points for presenting a workshop, points for college coursework, points for workshops, points for staff trainings—all are ways to renew, in any combination.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/pdf/Professional_Growth_Plan_Experience_Documentation.pdf
    • No point caps, it is based on 1 point for 1 hour of professional growth/development.
    • NEA Academy http://sites.nea.org/academy/index.htmlx
  • 8. Renewal continued
    • Administrators VERIFY the points. They do not get to select or approve of what the educator chooses to use for renewal.
    • Log points using this form: http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/pdf/PGP_Exper_Log.pdf
    • Verification form:
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/pdf/PGP_Renew_Verify_Form.pdf
    • Once a license is professionalized (Rules 46-47 and Bulletin 400) or Accomplished Practitioner status (Rules 2002) is reached , the ten year renewal will continue, and the teacher will be allowed to use all ten years to earn points, not just the most recent five.
    • If someone is not currently employed in a school but wishes to renew, the OELD (Office of Educator Licensing and Development) will verify points. http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/PGP_Not_Working.html
  • 9. Adding New Content
    • One may add new content areas to a license by completing coursework OR by passing the Praxis II content exam.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/additions.html
    • This testing is available in all but 8 areas. Those areas are EC education, elementary generalist, communications disorders, exceptional needs, fine arts, ENL, and high ability education, as well as CTE/Vocational content areas.
  • 10. I am still confused!!
    • 1 actual seat hour of work = 1 point.
    • Use this as a guide to determine how CRU’s or CEU’s may convert, depending on contract language.
    • A candidate for renewal may go back as much as five years to collect points—March 31, 2005 and forward—any professional activity, workshop, training, presentation, etc. can be counted for points towards renewal.
    • Document by showing agendas, certificates of completion, emails from administration, etc. This is for your records only, in the event a challenge should occur.
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/pdf/Professional_Growth_Plan_Experience_Documentation.pdf
  • 11. Testing
    • All applicants for an initial license MUST pass Praxis II in the content area of their license.
    • Through June 30, 2011, applicants must also pass Praxis I basic skills tests in reading, writing, and math.
    • After June 30, 2011, teacher training institutions must require students to demonstrate basic skills proficiency through some method approved by the PSAB in order to start a teacher prep program.
    • After June 30, 2011, a pedagogy test must also be passed by those seeking an initial practitioner license.
    • Disabilities will be accommodated via alternative testing means. Http://www.doe.gov/educatorlicensing/proficiency_eval.html
    • Four Principles of Learning and Teaching tests are available that align with the licenses.
  • 12. Teacher Preparation Programs—some traditional, some alternative
    • Some changes
    • If interested, see me after this, or go to http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/REPA_FAQ.html
    • Online programs have a bit more acceptance in REPA. Supervised student teaching is STILL required for individuals completing online programs.
    • Online programs must be accredited by a state or regional accrediting body or by NCATE.
  • 13. Questions?
    • SLPs: here is the link you need:
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/SS_SLP.html
  • 14. HELP
    • Contact: Teresa Meredith
    • [email_address]
    • Or
    • Contact:
    • DOE at: [email_address]
    • Or visit DOE’s power point at
    • http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing/pdf/REPA_WebEx_PowerPoint.pdf
  • 15. Whew!
    • Good luck!