Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions relating to:
Teacher Certification, Highly Qualified, National Board Certification, Professional Development/Professional Learning and Induction/Mentoring
What do I have to do to renew my teaching certificate?
Provisional Certificate Renewals
Professional Education Certificates
What type of credit can be used to renew a Professional Education Certificate?
Highly Qualified Teachers
What does a teacher need to do to be highly qualified?
What about my highly qualified status, if my teaching assignment changes?
National Board Certification
What is National Board Certification (NBC)?
National Board Certification is the highest symbol of professional teaching excellence.
Are there resources/support to aid candidates pursuing National Board Certification?
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – www.nbpts.org
Michigan Department of Education – 517-373-3310
The MEA sponsors a January workshop for candidates, a “Jumpstart” orientation for candidates in early February, and an ongoing, electronic candidate support group. For more information, call Tom Greene at 800-292-1934, extension 6245
Professional Development/Professional Learning
What constitutes quality professional development/professional learning?
Is for the purpose of enhancing teaching and learning.
Is consistent with building and district school improvement plans and, when available, NCA goals and district strategic plans.
Is part of an ongoing comprehensive professional development plan that addresses the long-term professional needs of the individual as well as the long-term change of practice in the building and district.
Is characterized by the knowledge of educational needs of students, the study of proven research and inclusive of the best use of new technologies.
Includes best principles of adult learning that includes design by the educators and non-teaching staff for whom the professional development is intended.
Occurs when educators and non-teaching staff collaborate and share knowledge with each other.
Requires ongoing reflection.
Is helpful to all school staff as they work to meet the needs of students who learn in different ways and come from diverse backgrounds.
Is no less than one hour in length.
How much time constitutes a day of professional development/professional learning?
What is the professional development/professional learning requirement for part-time staff?
According to state law, who must be provided a mentor?
What should be the nature of the mentor/beginning teacher relationship?