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SPRING UPDATES SPRING 2013 UPDATE CERTIFICATION J Slide 2 SPRING UPDATES Certification Policy Goal Achieve a system of teacher preparation, certification and ongoing professional development that is aligned and driven by impact/results rather than a series of inputs Impact/results- Demonstration of knowledge and skills Research-based professional practice Student achievement Slide 3 SPRING UPDATES CREDENTIAL CHANGES Slide 4 SPRING UPDATES Discontinued Certificates: The ability to issue N-3, K-6, Special Education N-12 and Middle Level 7-9 certificates will expire on August 31, 2013 Applications submitted in TIMS by 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2013 will be evaluated No restrictions on existing certificate holders Level II certificates will be issued Slide 5 SPRING UPDATES Discontinued Certificates: Reminder: (regarding the N-3, K-6, Special Education N-12 and Middle Level 7-9 certificates expiring on August 31, 2013) Certificates issued will remain valid for the certification area and grade span for which they were issued Intern certificates will remain valid until the expiration date Conversion to Instructional I required by 8/31/2013, or must meet new certificate requirements Slide 6 SPRING UPDATES New Certificates Grades Pre K-4 (Subject Code 2825): Program focus on child development, impact of family needs, diverse populations May teach early childhood/elementary content Pre K through 4 th grade Grades 4-8 th (Subject Code 3100): Program includes prep in self contained multiple content areas and one or two content concentrations May be used to teach self contained multiple content areas in 4 th grade through 6 th grade May be used in areas of the educators content concentrations in departmentalized classrooms 4 th through 8 th grade Slide 7 SPRING UPDATES Display on Certificates New Grades PK-4 New Grades 4-8 with Mathematics Concentration New Special Education 7-12 Slide 8 SPRING UPDATES New Certificates (cont.) Special Education Pre K-8 (Subject Code 9226): Combined Special Education certification with Pre K-4, 4-8 or Reading Specialist to prep candidate to be highly qualified in subject areas Special Education 7-12 (Subject Code 9227) Combined Special Education certification with a secondary 7-12 subject area or Reading Specialist Slide 9 SPRING UPDATES Adding On a Subject Area A candidate may add-on an instructional certification area only if he/she already holds an instructional certificate The following areas require program completion and MAY NOT be added by testing alone: Elementary K-6, Early Childhood N-3, Grades Pre K-4, Grades 4-8, Reading Specialist, Cooperative Education, Health & Physical Education, and all Special Education areas Slide 10 SPRING UPDATES Add-On Information Go to www.education.state.pa.uswww.education.state.pa.us In the upper left corner, under PDE Search Type in add-on and select Go The link to the web page will appear in the PDE Search Results section in the center of the page Other links are available to access this page, however this process is the fastest Slide 11 SPRING UPDATES Certification Tests As of April 2, 2012, the tests that are now required for the new certificates are as follows: Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (Administered by Pearson) PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) Pre K-4 Special Education Pre K-8 Special Education 7-12 Slide 12 SPRING UPDATES Certification Tests Grades 4-8 (Administered by ETS) Generalist Content Concentration Specialist Test Educational Leadership (Administered by ETS) School Leaders Licensure Assessment School Superintendent Assessment Slide 13 SPRING UPDATES Testing Update The Educational Specialist credentials require the completion of the PAPA: Reading, Writing, Mathematics (www.pa.nesinc.com)www.pa.nesinc.com Appropriate content area test (refer to Testing Requirements on PDEs website) Testing Requirements Slide 14 SPRING UPDATES Certification Requirement The Educational SpecialistPAPA required: Unless the candidate holds: Another Pennsylvania certificate; OR A baccalaureate degree; AND A current and valid Pennsylvania license as a counselor, dental hygienist, psychologist, registered nurse or social worker Slide 15 SPRING UPDATES Retain Use of Praxis Tests for Highly Qualified Purposes For educators to demonstrate content mastery in: Grades K-6 and Pre K-3, PDE will retain use of Praxis 0511 and the previous Pre K-3 content tests Grades 7-9, PDE will retain use of the 7- 9 Praxis tests Slide 16 SPRING UPDATES Retain Use of Praxis Tests for Highly Qualified Purposes After August 2013, these Praxis tests will be applicable only for educators to become highly qualified K-6, Pre K-3 or any of the 7-9 middle level content areas cannot be added on to an existing certificate Slide 17 SPRING UPDATES Endorsements Program Endorsement Certificate Documents knowledge in new and emerging areas where formal certification does not exist Maximum of 12 credits Added to existing Level I or Level II Certificates Not required to perform service in these areas Endorsements created in 2010 Autism Spectrum Disorders Instructional Coach In process of developing the guidelines for: Mathematics Coach Cyber and International Student Teaching Slide 18 SPRING UPDATES CERTIFICATION STAFFING AND POLICY GUIDELINES (CSPG) CHANGES Slide 19 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #7 Level II Updates Clarification of required six credits Initiate the practice of looking for credits associated with the area(s) of certification and/or designed to improve professional practice Administrative, Guidance or Counseling coursework would not qualify, for example Would include Standards Aligned System (SAS) and Inclusion Slide 20 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #7 Level II Updates (Cont.) Service time calculation for part-time Effective 2/1/2013, year of service will be charged after 70 days of teaching (change from 45 days) PDE will accept only 45 days to count for year of service for applicants already in the process of applying for Level II for the remainder of the 2012-13 academic year Slide 21 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #7 Level II Updates (Cont.) Rationale: service-time calculation for part-time Determination of six years will be more accurately assessed and tracked Addresses induction problems May extend the time an educator spends on Level I certificate, but has no adverse impact Slide 22 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #7 Level II Updates (Cont.) Service Time Clarifications Satisfactory and unsatisfactory service is counted toward the six years of service Non-optional service Added Scotland School and Scranton State School for the Deaf to non-optional service time Calculation of Instructional I and Ed Specialist I based on semesters Slide 23 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #7 *Updates (Cont.) Additional Clarifications Induction program is required for Ed Specialists Alien Provisional terminology ended, non-U.S. Citizen created Slide 24 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #18 Revisions Expanded National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement to include: Education Specialists Administrators Slide 25 SPRING UPDATES CSPG #18 Certification Changes Added the statutory language for out-of-state Instructional candidates who have: Active valid certificate from another state Two years of satisfactory experience Slide 26 SPRING UPDATES PROCEDURAL NOTES Slide 27 SPRING UPDATES Checking Certification and Application Status Use the Act 48 tools to look up a professional personal ID (PPID) Slide 28 SPRING UPDATES Monitoring the Application Status Pending Documentation the cover sheet and proof items have not been received or scanned into TIMS Pending Payment waiting for the cover sheet and money order Waiting for Educ or Work Exp Verification waiting for the school employer to verify work experience or preparation program to verify program Completed verification only ONE time, either electronically (if school provisioned in TIMS) or via forms (if not provisioned in TIMS) 338A-Out-of-State Program Verification 338V-Verification of Work Experience for non-provisioned entities 338C-In-State Program Verification - should be done electronically 338P-Level II Experience Verification Awaiting Evaluation payment and documents are received and scanned Review In Progress application is under review! **Auto emails come from RA-TeacherCert@pa.gov (no reply)RA-TeacherCert@pa.gov Slide 29 SPRING UPDATES PDE has identified specific time periods to focus on high volume applications to address critical application backlogs More efficient in the new Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) Does not affect the submission of applications by candidates Applications may be submitted at any time Applications will be processed on a first in, first out basis according to type of application and identified periods Posted on the web under Teachers, Administrators and Certifications >> Application Processing Status and Application Review Focus PeriodsTeachers, Administrators and Certifications >> Application Processing Status and Application Review Focus Periods Focus Periods For Application Review Slide 30 SPRING UPDATES Focus of Application Review Periods FromToFocus of Application Review JanuaryMay Level II applications o Instructional and Educational Specialist II applications Letter of Equivalency for Masters or Bachelors (MEQ/BEQ) Emergency Permits MayJuly Instructional, Educational Specialist I and Intern Level I applications: In-state recommended candidates Candidates without in-state recommendation JulyAugustEmergency Permits OctoberDecember Level II applications o Instructional and Educational Specialist II applications Letter of Equivalency for Masters or Bachelors (MEQ/BEQ) DecemberJanuary Level I applications: o Instructional, Educational Specialist I and Intern applications In-state prepared candidates Out-of-state prepared candidates Slide 31 SPRING UPDATES E


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