Policies and Procedures Handbook


Last Updated: 4/26/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
(301)334-8900

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION AND RECERTIFICATION

Administrative Procedure

New requirements for professional certification and recertification have been implemented as of January 1, 2003. The following chart illustrates these requirements.

Status Requirements
For Next Certificate
Action
All Requirements Satisfied Requirements Not Satisifed
S
T
E
P

1
SPC 1 Duration:

5 years
Completes three (3) years satisfactory experience during the SPC1 period,
Earns six (6) credits towards APC
  • Receive SPC 2
  • Opportunity for Continued Employment
  • Dismissal due to failure to meet certificate requirements
    S
    T
    E
    P

    2
    SPC 2 Duration:

    5 years
    Develops and successfully implements Professional Development Plan ^
    Completes Master's degree or thirty-six(36) hour Master's equivalency, or obtained National Board Certification and earned a minimum of twelve(12) semester hours of approved graduate credit after the conferral of the bachelor's or higher degree
    Completes three(3) years satisfactory teaching or related experience during the SPC periods
  • Receive APC
  • Opportunity for Continued Employment
  • Dismissal due to failure to meet certificate requirements
    S
    T
    E
    P

    3
    APC Duration:

    5 years
    Develops and successfully implements Professional Development Plan ^
    Earns six (6) credits or the equivalency of six (6) credits of work as designated by the Garrett County Public Schools
    Completes a minimum of three (3) years of satisfactory school related professional experience during the five APC period
  • Receive APC Renewal
  • Opportunity for Continued Employment
  • Dismissal due to failure to meet certificate requirements

    All requirements for certification or recertification must be completed prior to the expiration date of the certificate. All documentation must be in the hands of the certification supervisor in a timely manner but no later than thirty (30) days after the certificate expiration date.

    STANDARD PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE-1 --- > STANDARD PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE-2

    Upon completion of the three (3) years of successful experience

    STANDARD PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE-2 --- > ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

    ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE RENEWAL

    It is important for every certificate holder to become aware of all the nuances of the by-law as it relates to the number and types of credits needed for certification or recertification. The certification supervisor is available to assist the employee in this regard.

    Suggested Activities to Fulfill Professional Development Plan 2

    Six (6) hours or six (6) credits must be obtained during validity period of current certificate.

    "C" or better.  College or MSDE approved workshop hours                                                                                                    Semester hour or inservice      credit                                                                                                                                                                                                 (1-6)

     

    APPROVED ACTIVITIES IN LIEU OF COLLEGE COURSES
    A maximum of three (3) renewal credits (RC) may be applied per area to the Professional Development Plan (PDP)

    Renewal Credits (RC) Minimum to Maximum Range

    1.

    Teaching of college or inservice courses.  RC based on semester hour credits earned by student.

    1 - 3

    2.

    Auditing college courses.  RC based on semester hours allowed.

    1 -3

    3.

    Authorship.  (Articles must be published in a state or national professional publication.)

    3

    4.

    Curriculum development or revision.  RC to be determined by content area supervisor.

    1 - 3

    5.

    Attending planned lecture series related to content area.  15 hrs. lecture = 1 RC.  Use published hours for series to compute RC.

    1 - 3

    6.

    Serving as chairperson or officer of local, state, or national professional organization.  RC based on documented hours.  15 hrs. - 1 RC

    1 - 3

    7.

    Supervising a student intern.

    3

    8.

    Mentoring or peer coaching.  One (1) RC per year.

    1 - 3

    9.

    Participating in the design and implementation of innovative school projects.  RC determined by principal.

    1 - 3

    10.

    Consultant activities: county-wide committee, national conferences, Middle States Evaluation Committee.  15 hrs. = 1 RC (Must be relevant to position or school issues.)

    1 - 3

    11.

    Internships and non-credit bearing courses.  (Private industry included.)  15 hrs. = 1 RC

    1 - 3

    12.

    County or MSDE Steering or Planning Committee or Boards 15 hrs. = 1 RC

    1 - 3

    13.

    County professional activities or school based instructional workshops determined and published by principal/supervisor.

    .5 - 3

    14.

    School Improvement Teams.  RC determined by principal.

    1 - 3

    15.

    Attendance at state or national conferences/workshops.  Accumulate hours to maximum of 45 hrs. = 3 RC.

    1 - 3

    16.

    Activities which have been approved in advance by principal/supervisor and are noted on professional development plan.

    1 - 3

    17.

    Successful completion of requirements for Administrator II certification

    1

    18.

    Other, as designed by the employee and approved by the principal and/or supervisor.

    .5 - 3

     

    PDP 1 - Professional Development Plan For APC

    PDP 2 - Professional Development Plan For APC Renewal

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