IMPORTANT NOTICE Licensure Updates

**ALL re-licensure forms from the 2022-2023 school year are due on or before May 12, 2023, in order to allow committee members enough time to get those hours added to the state system.

*The licensure is now part of a tiered system. If you have questions on the tiered system including finding licensure requirements and forms, please look at the link below:

https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/requirements/

*Teachers are required to obtain the following mandatory requirements before updating their teaching license: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Accommodations (PBIS), reading preparation, mental health, suicide prevention, accommodations/modifications, English Language Learners (ELL), and cultural competency. Please note that key warning signs of mental illness and suicide prevention will each require a 1-hour minimum.

*The cultural competency requirement will take each individual at least 8 hours and include four modules to meet the PELSB requirements. If you attend a cultural competency training workshop off-campus, please ensure the training is PELSB approved in order to receive credit for license renewal.

*Morris Area & St. Mary's staff please contact Erin if you wish to complete the cultural competency component online through our district's PELSB approved courses.

Obtaining Relicensure Forms

ALL TEACHERS who hold a teaching license (including teachers who are not currently working in a school setting) 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. A completed form is needed for EACH clock hour event/activity submitted.

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 for a tier 4 license. The license is valid for five yeas. A minimum of 90 clock hours is needed in the categories A-D. A maximum of 35 hours is allowed in categories E-G. Each license holder must obtain all required mandates for renewal.

Teachers need a minimum of 125 clock hours every five years for a tier 3 license. The license is valid for three yeas. A minimum of 75 clock hours is needed in the categories A-D. A maximum of 35 hours is allowed in categories E-G. Each license holder must obtain all required mandates for renewal.

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 PELSB 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 committee members.

https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/view-clock-hours/

Submitting Relicensure Forms

Elementary Teaching Staff and community members can submit relicensure forms to Heather Schneider at Morris Elementary School.

High School Teaching 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 that 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 the 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.

All Morris Area Schools licensed staff is part of an Infinitec campaign called "Renewal Licensure Training" module. All licensed staff should have received an e-mail from Infinitec on 07-27-21 on how to access this training module. New staff members, will need to register for Infinitec first and then the training module should be available on the dashboard. As part of this training, all staff is invited to completed state mandates (reading, ELL, PBIS, suicide prevention, mental health, and accommodations/modifications) in one convenient spot online. Please be advised the cultural competency training cannot be fulfilled on Infinitec at this time. The renewal licensure training module is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Please note, this is one option to fulfill state mandates. In order to receive credit for the renewal licensure training module, participants will print off the certificate after successful completion of an assessment quiz AND complete the continuing education/relicensure clock hour worksheet and submit to Heather or Erin.

Education Minnesota Members: MEA Online (Formerly known as LearnUpon)

Education Minnesota has a new online learning platform called MEA Online (formerly known as LearnUpon). Using MEA Online, members can access a full catalog of professional development to improve their professional practice and earn CEU credits for relicensure as well as build union understanding. The majority of courses will be pre-recorded. Some will be offered via webinar and some will be a combination of both. The best part is these courses are FREE to active Education Minnesota members.

MEA Online is continuously updating, please check often for new opportunities for CEU credits.

To find relicensure mandate classes, please log-on to your account. Find the "filter catalog" box. Then, find the category drop-down and choose "professional development."

Education Minnesota members who previously signed up for LearnUpon will have the same account username and password, please see the link below.

Learn more and log in today: https://meaonline.educationminnesota.org/dashboard

Questions? Continuing Education Co-Chairs Contact Information:

Morris Area Elementary Chair: Heather Schneider or 585-2010

hschneider@morris.k12.mn.us

Morris Area High School Chair: Erin Gillespie 585-2149 or egillespie@morris.k12.mn.us

Continuing Education Committee Members:

Heather Schneider, Teacher & Co-Chair

Erin Gillespie, Teacher & Co-Chair

Shane Monson, Administrator

Kevin Pope, Teacher

Abbey Johnson, Teacher

Mary Holmberg, Teacher

Susan Hennen, Teacher

Tanya Fischer, Community Member, Principal at St. Mary's School

Note: The continuing education committee will meet as needed at various times throughout the school year.

Teacher License 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 hours required for renewal. If the ASHA certification 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. Speech-language pathologists who hold the ASHA Certification will need to submit a copy of this certification along with the continuing education/relicensure clock hour approval form.

Speech-Language Pathologists must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements: PBIS, accommodations and modifications, reading, mental health, suicide prevention, ELL, and cultural competency.

School Psychologists

Clock hour exemption for school psychologists include meeting the reading preparation required mandate.

The National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) Certification has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a substitute for the 125 clock hours required for license renewal. If the NCSP certification 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. School psychologists who hold the NCSP Certification will need to submit a copy of this certification along with the continuing education/relicensure clock hour approval form.

School psychologists must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements: PBIS, mental health, suicide prevention, ELL, and cultural competency.

School psychologists are exempt from meeting the reading preparation.

School Nurses

Clock hour exemption for school nurses include meeting the reading preparation required mandate.

School Counselors

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

National Board Certification

The National Board of Professional Standards Certification (NBPS) has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a 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. Teachers who hold an NBPS certificate will need to submit a copy of the certificate along with the continuing education/relicensure clock hour approval form.

Applications with NBPS Certification must also provide verification to the local continuing education committee of meeting all applicable mandatory requirements.: PBIS, reading preparation, accommodations, modifications, and adaptation of curriculum, key warning signs of mental illness, suicide prevention, ELL, and cultural competency.


Renewing Your Teacher License

https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/renew/

PELSB Teacher Licensure FAQ

https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/licensure-faq/

Still Have Questions? Contact PELSB

https://mngov.formstack.com/forms/pelsb_contact_form


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