Teacher Relicensure

IMPORTANT NOTICE Licensure Updates:  January 2019

*As of January 1, 2019, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is the department in which teachers will renew licensure.   The licensure is now part of a tiered system. If you have questions on the tired system, please look at the link below:

https://www.educationminnesota.org/resources/credentials-licensure/Tiered-licensure


*Teachers are required to obtain the following mandatory requirements before updating their teaching license: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), reading preparation, understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness (including one hour of suicide prevention), and English Language Learners.


*Tier 3 and 4 Teachers: You may satisfy relicensure requirements of the reflective statement and ELL requirements by submitting your most recent summative evaluation or improvement plan to the continuing education committee.

For more information, please look at the link below:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/122A.187


*The new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) has to write and adopt rules to cover legislative changes that include a new cultural competency re-licensure requirement. The cultural competency requirement is in effect for teachers renewing their license(s) after January 1, 2020. 

 


Obtaining Relicensure Forms
ALL TEACHERS (this includes Morris Area Teaching Staff, Midwest Special Education Cooperative Staff, and community members who hold a teaching license) who need relicensure clock hour approval forms can download the appropriate forms to the right.  Forms can be submitted electronically if the form is FIRST COPIED and then submitted.  Forms can also be printed off on a traditional printer.  

Morris Area Teaching staff can download staff development clock hour forms under Morris Area School Teachers.  

Midwest Special Education Cooperative Staff will find needed forms under Midwest Special Education Cooperative.

Community members who hold a teaching license will find the needed forms in the Non-MAS Community Members. 

Required Clock Hours & Mandates
Teachers need a minimum of 125 clock hours every five years.  A minimum of 90 clock hours is needed in the categories A-D.  A maximum of 35 hours is allowed in categories E-G.

Newest Mandate - Suicide Prevention!  The newest requirement approved by the legislature in 2016 applies to anyone who renews their teaching license after August 1, 2017. After this time, 1 hour of suicide prevention training is now required under the mandate understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness. 

Morris Teachers Reflective Statement:  ALL Morris teachers are required to complete the Stages program annually as part of the school district's teacher development plan.  The MDE reflective statement mandate is covered as part of the Stages program.  In order to receive credit, teachers must note meeting this mandate on the MAS Relicensure Clock Hour Worksheet.  Please note this ONLY applies to Morris teachers.  

*Tier 3 and 4 Teachers: You may satisfy relicensure requirements of the reflective statement and ELL requirements by submitting your most recent summative evaluation or improvement plan to the continuing education committee.

For more information, please look at the link below:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/122A.187


Midwest Special Education Cooperative Employees Reflective Statement:  Employees of the Midwest Special Education Cooperative have their own reflective component which will also meet the MDE reflective statement mandate.  Coop employees need to mark the clock hour worksheet obtained from cooperative administration.  

Tracking Relicensure Clock Hours & Mandates
It is the teacher's professional responsibility to track and fulfill all relicensure clock hours and mandates.  Teachers are highly encouraged to keep their returned relicensure forms in a safe and secure place.  

Teachers can also track their hours online on the MDE website.   Teachers will need to register and sign-in with a username/password in order to see the number of clock hours and mandates that have been entered on their behalf by the relicensure chairs.  

Submitting Relicensure Forms
Elementary Teaching Staff and community members can submit relicensure forms to Darcy Winkelman at Morris Elementary School.

High School Teaching Staff, Midwest Special Education Cooperative Staff, and community members can submit relicensure forms to Erin Gillespie at Morris High School.  

Infinitec
If Morris Area Schools teachers are in need of clock hours including the required mandates, www.myinfinitec.org is a place to visit.  Infinitec offers a wide variety of staff development which can be used to fulfill relicensure requirements.  Infinitec is a web-based option that can be completed at any time from the comforts of home.  Please be advised that Infinitec users have best results with a computer, tablets including ipads, kindles, chromebooks, etc. have not had great success with Infinitec use.  After viewing an online class, users will be required to assess their knowledge with a quiz.  After successful completion, users can print-off a certificate with clock hour information which can be submitted to the continuing education chairs.  To register for Infinitec, please contact Erin Gillespie at Morris High School.  

Please be advised, the 1 hour of suicide prevention training that is required for license renewal after August 1, 2017, can be found on Infinitec.  Professional development for all other required mandates can also be found on Infinitec.

Questions? Continuing Education Co-Chairs Contact Information:
Morris Area Elementary Chair:  Darcy Winkelman 585-2070 or dwinkelman@morris.k12.mn.us
Morris Area High School Chair:  Erin Gillespie 585-2149 or egillespie@morris.k12.mn.us

Continuing Education Committee Members:
Darcy Winkelman, Teacher & Co-Chair
Erin Gillespie, Teacher & Co-Chair
Troy Ferguson, Administrator
Kevin Pope, Teacher
Heather Schneider, Teacher
Mary Holmberg, Teacher
Susan Hennen, Community Member
Note:  The continuing education committee will meet as needed at various times throughout the school year.  



Morris Area Schools Teachers Form Links



Midwest Special Ed Cooperative Form Links





Non-MAS Community Members Form Links

                Teacher Relicensure Exemptions

Speech-Language Pathologists

The American Speech and hearing Association (ASHA) Certification has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a substitute for the 125 clock hour required for renewal.


Speech-language pathologists do not have to submit the reflective statement of professional accomplishment and assessment of professional growth requirements.  


School Psychologists

Clock hour exemption for school psychologists include meeting the reading preparation, technology, and reflective statement of professional accomplishment and assessment of professional growth requirements.  


School Nurses

Clock hour exemption for school nurses include meeting the reading preparation and technology required mandates.  


School Counselors

Clock hour exemption for school counselors include meeting the reading preparation and technology required mandate.


National Board Certification

The National Board of Professional Standards Certification (NBPS) has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as as substitute for the 125 clock hours required for the licensure renewal.  If the NBPS certificate expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee will prorate hours completed at 25 hours per year and require completion of a prorated number of hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.  


Applications with NBPS Certification must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements.  


Reflective Statement Exemption

  • Classroom teachers who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.  

  • Licensed school administrators, including principals, who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.


Tier 3 and 4 Teachers

Tier 3 and Tier 4 Teachers may satisfy relicensure requirements of the reflective statement and ELL requirements by submitting your most recent summative evaluation or improvement plan to the continuing education committee.

For more information, please look at the link below:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/122A.187