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1 Tiered Certification Georgia Professional Standards Commission Jeff Jones Chuck McCampbell FY 2015 Data Collections Conference August 28, 2014 Athens Classic Center

2 Agenda The Tiers Conversion of Old to New Certificates NOT Converted Changes affecting Issuance of Certificates Changes affecting Renewal Questions?

3 The Tiers Pre-Service (PS) Induction (IN) Professional (SR) (PR) 4 Advanced/Lead Professional (AP) (LP)

4 Pre-Service (PS) Tier 1

5 Pre-Service Certificate Purpose To provide a statewide structure for Pre-Service procedures which will: Eliminate those ill-suited to the profession Promote and enforce ethical behavior Facilitate learning opportunities for Pre-Service teachers

6 Pre-Service Certificate Requirements Be admitted to an Ed Prep Program Be involved in field experiences/student teaching Successful background check Paid for by candidate or EPP Attempt to pass the Educator Ethics Assessment EPP must request the Pre-Service certificate

7 Pre-Service Certificate Validity 5 years, except: Invalidated upon program completion, withdrawal, transfer, or removal A candidate who is reinstated or transfers is eligible for a new Pre-Service certificate May be extended at the request of the EPP

8 Other Information Will allow students to participate in field experiences in their certification field Will become effective July 1, 2015 Students observing in schools prior to admittance to the teacher ed program will not have to have a pre-service certificate Students already employed on Induction Pathway 4 certificates will not need a preservice certificate

9 Induction (IN) Tier 2

10 Induction Certificate Purpose Supports the effectiveness of early career educators by: Enforcing minimum requirements Providing a structure of support for early career educators Identifying the unique learning and support needs of different preparation pathways Setting additional requirements for a professional certificate

11 Induction Pathway 1 (IN1T) For those prepared by a GA educator preparation program Familiar Requirements: Complete a program Pass GACE at Induction level Exceptional Child Program Admission Assessment New Requirements: Ethics Assessment (Jan. 1, 2015) Content Pedagogy Assessment (Sept. 1, 2015) Employment

12 Induction Pathway 2 (IN2T) For those prepared by an out-of-state program and completing student teaching in GA Familiar Requirements: Complete a program Pass GACE at Induction level Exceptional Child New Requirements: Ethics Assessment (Jan. 1, 2015) Content Pedagogy Assessment (Sept. 1, 2015) Employment

13 Induction Pathway 3 (IN3T) For those prepared outof-state (OOS) and OOS educators who do not qualify for Professional Familiar Requirements: Complete a program or hold out-of-state (OOS) certificate Pass or exempt GACE at Induction level New Requirements: Employment Special GA Req s not required until conversion Exceptional Child Ethics Assessment Content Pedagogy Assessment

14 Induction Pathway 4 (IN4T) For those teaching before completing a program (Replaces NNT, GaTAPP, & initial Trade & Industrial certificates) Familiar Requirements: Bachelor s degree with minimum GPA GACE at Induction level Program Admission Assessment Employment New Requirements: Ethics Assessment (Jan. 1, 2015) Content Pedagogy Assessment required for conversion (enrolled after 2014)

15 Induction Service Certificates Only issued for: Media Specialist School Counseling School Nutrition Director School Psychology Based on requirements in Service rules

16 Certificate of Eligibility Issued to unemployed individuals who meet all other requirements for: Induction (Pathway 1, 2, or 3) or Professional Valid for 5 years May be reissued after expiration, but an updated Approved Program Completion form would be required

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18 Induction Certificate Level Upgrade Pathways 1, 2, & 3 can be upgraded Pathway 4 cannot be upgraded until converted

19 Induction Certificate Validity 3 years except: If the educator has previously held an NNT, GaTAPP certificate, or Waiver An OOS (out-of-state ) educator may convert to Professional before the Induction expires Pathway 4 can be converted to a different pathway if requirements are met

20 Induction Certificate Reissuance Educators who receive 2 or more unsats on an Induction certificate can get another Induction certificate after deficiencies are addressed Trade & Industrial teachers may be allowed 2 Induction certificates Educators that need more experience to qualify for a Professional Certificate may apply for reissuance

21 Standard or Performance-Based Professional (SR) (PR) Tier 3

22 Standard Professional (SR) For those educators not evaluated by the statewide system (TKES) Requirements: 3 years of experience within 5 years (GA or OOS) Special GA Req s GACE at Professional level Employment Valid 5 years May be T, S, or L Renewal requires professional learning and employment (with exceptions)

23 Performance-Based Professional (PR) For teachers evaluated on TKES and performance-based Ed. Leadership program completers Requirements for T fields: 3 years of experience within 5 years, including 2 on TKES Special GA Req s GACE at Professional level Employment Valid 5 years May be T or L Renewal requires professional learning, 2 years on TKES (for teaching fields), and employment (with exceptions)

24 Advanced & Lead Professional (AP) (LP) Tier 4

25 Advanced Professional (AP) For expert classroom teachers Requirements: 5 years of experience, with 3 in GA within 5 years One of the following: Advanced degree in a T field Cert. in Curric. & Instruction or Instructional Technology NBPTS Certification Minimum number of Exemplary Evaluations Employment Valid 5 years Only for T fields Will not be issued until TKES data is analyzed Renewal requires Exemplary Evaluations

26 Lead Professional (LP) For teacher leaders Requirements: 5 years of experience, with 3 in GA within 5 yrs. Teacher Leadership certification OR an applicable endorsement and one of these: Advanced degree in a T field; OR Cert. in Curric. & Instruction or Instructional Technology; OR NBPTS Certification; AND Hold a Teacher Leader, Coaching or Teacher Support Specialist endorsement and pass the GACE Teacher Leadership assessment Passing score on Teacher Leadership GACE Minimum number of Exemplary Evaluations Employment Valid 5 years Only for T fields Will be issued without Exemplary Evaluations starting 7/1/15 Renewal requires Exemplary Evaluations

27 Information on 2014 Certification Changes

28 Conversion of Certificates July 1, 2014

29 July 1, 2014 Conversions On July 1, 2014 many certificates were converted to the Tiered scheme Clear Renewable converted to Standard Professional T SRT S SRS L SRL

30 July 1, 2014 Conversions Performance-based (TPAI) converted to Standard Professional PBT SRT PBS SRS PBL SRL

31 July 1, 2014 Conversions Performance-based Leadership converted to Performance-based Professional Leadership PL PRL

32 July 1, 2014 Technical Specialist Certificate Type Conversions Technical Specialist certificates were converted to Teaching certificates Clear Renewable to Standard Professional TS SRT All others to Teaching type ITS IT WTS WT NTS NT NNTS NNT

33 Certificates NOT Converted Remained unchanged on July 1, 2014

34 Some Conditions Are Still Issued and/or Valid The following conditions are still valid: Life (DT, DSL, DL) Non-Renewable (NT, NS, NL) Waiver (WT, WS, WL) International Exchange (XT) All but Life can still be issued.

35 GaTAPP New GaTAPP certificates are issued as Induction Pathway 4 certificates GaTAPP certificates issued before 7/1/14 remain valid until they expire at their natural end validity date! Title Core Academic Teaching Clinical Practice Teaching Intern Teaching One-Year Supervised Practicum Teaching Code CAT CPT IT OT

36 Non-Renewable Non-Professional Non-Renewable Non-Professional certificates are no longer issued! Induction Pathway 4 issued instead. NN certificates issued before 7/1/14 remain valid until they expire at their natural end validity date! Title Non-Renewable Non-Professional Service Non-Renewable Non-Professional Teaching Code NNS NNT

37 Summary of Obsolete Certificates that Remain Valid until Expire The following obsolete certificates will be allowed to expire Title Code Last Expiration Date Core Academic Teaching CAT 6/30/2016 Clinical Practice Teaching CPT 6/30/2016 Intern Teaching IT 6/30/2017 One-Year Supervised Practicum Teaching OT 6/30/2016 Non-Renewable Non-Professional Service NNS 6/30/2017 Non-Renewable Non-Professional Teaching NNT 6/30/2017 Non-Renewable Performance-Based Leadership NPL 6/30/2019

38 Changes Affecting Issuance of Certificates

39 Employment Requirement! Employment is a condition for certificate issuance! Not employed - receive a Certificate of Eligibility Take-home message: newly prepared educators will have a Certificate of Eligibility prior to being employed! Employer will request certificate issuance.

40 GACE Passing Level GACE Content Assessments Two Passing scores Induction and Professional Induction treated as Professional until 7/1/17 After 7/1/17 must pass at the Professional level to be issued a Standard Professional certificate

41 Experience Need 3 years of experience in 5 years to be issued a Standard Professional or Performance-Based Certificate Need 5 years of experience in 5 years to be issued an Advanced Professional or Lead Professional Certificate

42 Evaluations Need 2 years on TKES in 5 years to be issued a Performance-Based Professional Certificate Need >=2 years on TKES in 5 years to be issued an Advanced Professional or Lead Professional

43 Changes affecting Renewal of Certificates

44 Employment Requirement! Employment is required for certificate renewal! Not employed - receive a Certificate of Eligibility Take-home message: educators not employed can receive a Certificate of Eligibility but cannot renew! Future employer will request certificate re-issuance.

45 Evaluations Two of the following in five years blocks renewal unless remediated : Unsatisfactory Evaluation (not on TKES/LKES) Needs Improvement or Ineffective (TKES/LKES)

46 Questions & Discussion Thanks for your attention!

47 Jeff Jones Chuck McCampbell

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