The Six Components
These are STATE-MANDATED requirements, not district-mandated requirements. Any criticisms or comments about their existence should be directed to state officials, not the local Relicensure committee.
The Teacher Relicensure Committee is aware of these component requirements and certificates of attendance must indicate which component was met. If an applicant feels that a component was covered in an experience, but it is not on the attendance certificate, it is the applicant's responsibility to verify this in writing and submit with the clock hour form and attendance certificate. The Relicensure Committee cannot look at titles of experiences and decide whether or not a component was addressed.
Accommodation, Modification, Adaptation (Grad Rule) Component
Included in the 125 clock required for license renewal, state statutes now require that applicants engage "in professional development activities which address accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards." The law changes were made in 2000. Licenses expiring on June 30, 2001, and after are affected by this law change. Somewhere in the 125 hours, this concept must be addressed.
Positive Behavior Component
Included in the 125 clock required for license renewal, state statutes now require that applicants engage in activities which "address positive behavioral intervention strategies." The law changes were made in 2000. Licenses expiring on June 30, 2001, and after are affected by this law change. Somewhere in the 125 hours, this concept must be addressed.
Included in the 125 clock required for license renewal, state statutes now require that applicants engage "professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation." The Relicensure Committee became aware of the law change in the fall of 2003. The law states that licenses that expire on June 30, 2004, and after must include the reading component. Somewhere in the 125 hours, this concept must be addressed.
Note: the following licensure fields are exempt from evidencing this "further reading preparation" renewal requirement: school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audiovisual directors and coordinators, recreation personnel.
Early Onset of Mental Illness
Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2005, and after, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which address further preparation in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents which may include depressed mood, excessive fears and anxieties, changes in behavior and performance, failure to develop peer relationships, impaired concentration and thinking, suicidal gestures, the potential connection to substance use, and knowledge of steps to be taken if such warning signs are observed.
New Mandatory Requirements for License Renewal
Effective for renewal of professional licenses that expire on June 30, 2012, and thereafter, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities that integrate technology effectively with student learning to increase engagement and student achievement.
Note: Licensed school personnel who do not provide direct instruction to students, including, at least, counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and school social workers are exempt from this requirement.
Beginning July 1, 2012, teachers will be required to submit "evidence of work that demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices. The applicant must include a reflective statement of professional accomplishment and the applicant's own assessment of professional growth…"
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