• Continuing Education for Licensed Staff

    Suicide Prevention Training
     

    Clock Hour Reports

     
    Teachers who need to renew in 2014 are highlighted in the report.
     
    The second page gives you information on how to access Continuing Education Information. Please check the "Clock Hour Report" for accuracy. If you feel there is an error, please contact Mike Norberg at norbergm@willmar.k12.mn.us.

    Contacts

    How to Contact Minnesota Department of Education
    Website: http://education.state.mn.us
    There is an e-mail contact on the website at bottom. “Contact Us”
    Phone: 1-651-582-8200
    Mailing Address:
    Minnesota Department of Education

    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113
    How to Contact MDE Educator Licensing
    E-mail: mde.educaor-licensing@state.mn.us
    Phone: 1-651-582-8691
    Mailing Address:
    Educator Licensing

    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113 
    Local Continuing Education Contact
    Continuing Education Chair: Mike Norberg
     
    E-mail: norbergm@willmar.k12.mn.us
    Phone: 1-320-235-6131
    Mailing Address:
    Mike Norberg

    Willmar Public Schools
    611 5th Street SW
    Willmar, MN 5620
     

    How to View Your License

    From the MDE website: http://education.state.mn.us
    • Once you are on the MDE Website, under “Quick Links“, click on “Licensing”
    • Go to "Educator License Lookup"
    • Use your File Folder Number on your license or your name as it appears on your license to view License. 
    This is public information.

    How to Renew Your License With Willmar Public Schools

    To renew your license you need 125 clock hours per your five year renewal period. A recap of where and how those hours can be earned is on the back of the Clock Hour Request form that can be picked up in any District School Office (ask your school secretary where they are located) or at the Human Resources Office at the District Office in WEAC. 
     
     
    As clock hours are earned, submit the forms. Submit the original and the copy with support materials (agendas, certificates, verification of attendance, and, in the case of college credit, a copy of the transcript highlighting the course taken.) Support information for activities (such as agendas, certificates of completion, etc) are nice, but not mandatory The committee assumes honesty as far as completion of activities. The copy and support materials will be returned to you
     
     
    As you complete forms, send them, via inter school mail, to: Mike Norberg, WEAC or Continuing Education, WEAC.
     
     
    If using U.S.P.S. mail, the address is:
     
    Mike Norberg
    Continuing Education
    611 Fifth Street SW
     
    Willmar, MN, 56201
     
     
    When you send a form(s) via United State Postal Service, include a return envelope with your name, address and the same postage as when sent. The yellow copy and support materials will be returned to you.
     
     
    You will also need to complete eight Professional Development Requirements.
     
    1. Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies Normally an in-service or workshop on changing behavior, classroom management, etc.
    2. Evidence of Further Reading Preparation In-service, workshop, or course on how to teach reading, writing, literature, or vocabulary.
    3. Accommodating, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction Again, usually an in-service dealing with curriculum, IEP's, standards, etc.
    4. Key Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents and One (1) Hour of Suicide Prevention Training Using an in-service or workshop.
    5. Technology Anything involving computers, Smart Boards, using computer programs, etc.
    6. Reflective Statement of Professional Accomplishment and Assessment of Professional Growth A reflective statement, written by the teacher, of a professional accomplishment and the teacher's own assessment of professional growth.
    7. Reflective Statement of Growth in Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of English Learners (ELL)
    8. Suicide Prevention
     
    For additional information on the above seven, see “Mandatory Professional Development Requirements” below.
     
    Classes taken to complete the Professional Development Activities can be part of the 125 clock hours 
     
    you need to renew. These classes are many times offered during school In services, fall workshops, or professional 
     
    activities and meetings. You are encouraged to attend these.
     
    Contact information if you have any additional questions: 
    Mike Norberg
    1-320-235-6131
     

    How to Renew Your License Online

    • Go to the MDE website (http://education.state.mn.us) > Quick Links> Licensing > Renew a License > Online Licensing System
    • If you have not changed your ID or Password, follow the below procedure.                                        -User ID is the File Folder # on your current license. Password is the Serial # on your current license.
    • If you have changed your ID and Password, use them.
    • If you do not remember your ID and/or Password you will need to contact MDE Educator Licensing @ (651)582-8691 to retrieve that information.

    Mandatory Professional Development Requirements 

    • PDA's Listed
    • PDA's Who Must Complete, Who is Exempt from Some
    • MDE Guidelines and Explanations of PDA's
    List of Professional Development Activities (PDA's) 
    These must be completed for each 5 year renewal period.
    • Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies
    • Accommodation, Modification, and Adoption of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction.
    • Key Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents.
    • Reading Preparation.
    • Technology.
    • Reflective Statement of Professional Accomplishment and Assessment of Professional Growth.
    • Reflective Statement of Grown in Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners (ELL).
    • Suicide Prevention
    Mandatory Professional Development Requirements
    • Who must complete, who are exempt, from some
    • MDE Guidelines and Explanations of PDR's 
     
    All includes: school teachers, school administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audio-visual directors & coordinators, recreational personnel.
     
     
    Exempt as noted
    Mandatory Professional Development Requirements
     
    1. Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies No Exemptions – All
    2. Further Reading Preparation Exempt: counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, audio-visual directors & coordinators, recreational personnel
    3. Accommodation, Modification, and Adaption of Curriculum, Material and Instruction No Exemptions – All
    4. Key Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children & Adolescents and One (1) Hour of Suicide Prevention Training No Exemptions – All
    5. Technology Exempt: Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, AV directors & Coordinators, Recreational Personnel.
    6. Reflective Statement of Professional Accomplishment and Assessment of Professional Growth Exempt (See Below)
    7. Reflective Statement of Growth in Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners (ELL) Exempt (See Below)
    8. Suicide Prevention Training
     
       Items 6 and 7:
     
    Exempt: Only licensed teachers who did not teach or did short term subbing during their 5 year renewal period. Administrators who meet the previous statement. Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses. 
    All other licensed teachers must complete the requirement.
     
     
    These exemptions are noted on the Clock Hour Report as "NA."
     
     
    If your exemption in not noted, or is incorrect please e-mail Mike Norberg at norbergm@willmar.k12.mn.us explaining your area of licensure and/or the reason for your desired exemption.
     
     
    Mandatory Professional Development Requirements
    Needed for License Renewal (State Explanations)
     
     
    The renewal of five-year teaching/related services licenses requires the completion of 125 hours of professional development that have been approved through the local school district’s continuing education committee. As part of the 125 professional development hours, the Minnesota Legislature, by statute, currently requires ALL teachers to evidence the seven areas shown below.
     
     
    Each school district, through its continuing education committee, is charged with determining the requirements to meet this condition. The legislation intentionally provides latitude so that districts can determine the requirement based on local goals and needs. Teachers should work through their local continuing education committee for guidance about what is expected and where to obtain the professional development.
     
     
    Online professional development opportunities may be used to meet the requirements, as long as they meet the rule requirements. Teachers should work through their local continuing education committee for guidance about what is expected and where to obtain the professional development.
     
    1. Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their professional development activities which address positive behavioral intervention strategies. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09 (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/122A/09.html)
    2. Reading Preparation Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2004, and after, applicants must also include in their professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation, consistent with Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.06, Subdivision 4. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.06, Subdivision 4 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.06). View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09, Subdivision 4 (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/122A/09.html). 
     
    Note: The following licensure fields are exempt from evidencing the reading preparation renewal requirement: school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audiovisual directors and coordinators, recreation personnel.
     
    Teachers must have in-service preparation in scientifically based reading instruction, which the law identifies as “instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics and other word-recognition skills, and guided oral reading for beginning readers, as well as extensive silent reading, vocabulary instruction, instruction in comprehension, and instruction that fosters understanding and higher-order thinking for readers of all ages and proficiency levels.”
     
     
     
     
    Professional development activities that will meet this requirement include: workshops, conferences and on-site staff development and/or university courses that reflect comprehensive, scientifically based research in reading instruction, and which may include one or more of the following:
     
    • Instruction and practice in phonemic awareness
    • Phonics and other word-recognition skills
    • Guided oral reading for beginning readers
    • Vocabulary instruction
    • Instruction in fostering understanding and higher-order thinking for readers of all ages and proficiency levels
    • Reading in the content areas
    • Specific reading strategies to impact comprehension
    • Current research and best practices in reading research and instruction
     
    The amount of “reading” clock hours required of teachers will vary depending upon the teaching assignment. Reading instruction is a responsibility shared by all teachers regardless of level or content. However, the need may be greater for classroom and content area teachers who use a vast amount of text in their instructional delivery. Legislation intentionally provides latitude in this matter to allow local decision-making. District-level collaboration in deciding the needs and goals of district employees in the area of reading instruction may include input from administration and staff, as well as input from reading specialists at the state and local level. Districts are charged with determining the requirements which will best support quality reading instructional practices and successfully impact student reading achievement within their district.
     
    1. Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their 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 (i.e., differentiated instruction) View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.09). 
    2. Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2005, and after, applicants must also include in their professional development activities which provide an understanding of key warning signs for early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09, 122A.18 amended by Special Session, Chapter 9, Article 2, Section 7 (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.09).                                                           Suicide Prevention Training
    3. Technology 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. 
    4. Reflective Statement of Professional Accomplishment and Assessment of Professional Growth Beginning July 1, 2012, all individuals who were employed as a teacher during any part of the five year period immediately preceding the license renewal must include “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 ...” in their license renewal materials. View Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.18, Subdivision 4b (http://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=122A.18).
       
       
      Note: The following licenses are exempt from this requirement:
       
      • Classroom teachers who have not taught during any 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. 
      • Licensed related services personnel (school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, school nurses) 
       
       
       
      A written statement prepared by the teacher that demonstrates reflection on his or her professional accomplishment and includes a self-assessment of his or her professional growth using one of the following types of evidence:
       
      • Support for student learning 
      • Use of best practices techniques and their applications to student learning 
      • Collaborative work with colleagues that includes examples of collegiality (i.e. attested-to committee work, collaborative staff development programs, professional learning community work)
      • Continual professional development (i.e. job-embedded or other ongoing formal professional learning, including coursework)
       
       
       
       
      Note: Other similar professional development efforts may be used by teachers who were employed for only a portion of the five year renewal period immediately preceding the license renewal (i.e. substitute teachers or teachers who taught for only one of the five years in the renewal period). 
       
       
      The Board of Teaching shall offer alternative continuing relicensure options for teachers who are accepted into and complete the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process, and offer additional continuing relicensure options for teachers who earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Continuing relicensure requirements for teachers who do not maintain National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification are those the board prescribes, consistent with this section.
        
    5. Evidence of growth in best teaching practices for meeting the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) The changes will apply to all teaching licenses renewed on or after August 1, 2015.
     
    Note: the following licenses are exempt from this requirement:
     
    • Classroom teachers who have not taught during any 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. 
    • Licensed related services personnel (school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, school nurses) 
     
     
     
    Relicensure applicants who have been employed as a teacher during the renewal period of their expiring license, as a condition of relicensure, must present to their local continuing education and relicensure committee or other local relicensure committee evidence of work that demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices, including among other things, practices in meeting the varied needs of English Language Learners, from young children to adults under section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and 2a. The applicant must include a reflective statement of professional accomplishment and the applicant's own assessment of professional growth showing evidence of: 
     
    • Support for student learning;
    • Use of best practices techniques and their applications to student learning;
    • Collaborative work with colleagues that includes examples of collegiality such as attested-to committee work, collaborative staff development programs, and professional learning community work; or
    • Continual professional development that may include (i) job-embedded or other ongoing formal professional learning or (ii) for teachers employed for only part of the renewal period of their expiring license, other similar professional development efforts made during the relicensure period.
          8. Suicide Prevention Training
            Beginning August 1, 2017 all teachers wishing to renew their license will be required to have an additional one hour of suicide prevention in order to renew a professional five year teaching license. (2016 Minnesota Session Laws, Chapter 189, Article 24, Section 1, Subdivision 4, Paragraph N) 
     

    8710.7200 Clock Hours; 
    Requirements for Renewal of Professional Licenses (Teachers)

    Subpart 1. Definition
    "Clock hour" means an hour of actual instruction, or planned group or individual professional development activity as approved by the local continuing education/relicensure committee.
    Subpart 2. Renewal Clock Hours
    Verification by the local continuing education/relicensure committee that the applicant has completed 125 approved clock hours is required for renewal. Instruction and professional development activities meet requirements to renew licenses only if they address one or more of the standards in part 8710.2000. Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which address positive behavioral intervention strategies and accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards. Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2004, and after, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation, consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.06, subdivision 4. 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.
    Subpart 3. Categories for clock hour allocation
    Verification of completion of experiences must be submitted by the applicant to the local committee. Clock hours must be earned in two or more of the categories:
    • Relevant coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities;
    • Educational workshops, conferences, institutes, seminars, or lectures in areas appropriate to licenses held;
    • Staff development activities, inservice meetings, and courses;
    • Site, district, regional, state, national, or international curriculum development;
    • Engagement in formal peer coaching or mentorship relationships with colleagues that addresses one or more of the standards in part 8710.2000;
    • Professional service in the following areas:
      • Supervision of clinical experiences of persons enrolled in teacher preparation programs;
      • Participation on national, state, and local committees involved with licensure, teacher education, or professional standards; or
      • Participation in national, regional, or state accreditation;
    • Leadership experiences in the following areas:
      • Development of new or broader skills and sensitivities to the school, community, or profession;
      • Publication of professional articles in a professional journal in an appropriate field; or
      • Volunteer work in professional organizations related to the areas of licensure held;
    • Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings in the following areas:
      • Experiences with students of another age, ability, culture, or socioeconomic level; or
      • Systematic, purposeful observation during visits to schools and to related business and industry; and
    • Pre-approved travel or work experience:
      • Travel for purposes of improving instructional capabilities related to the field of licensure; or
      • Work experience in business or industry appropriate to the field of licensure.
    Subpart 4. Maximum allocation
    Effective for all experiences completed after June 30, 2000, the local continuing education/relicensure committee shall grant clock hours on the following basis:
    • Relevant coursework under subpart 3, item A, must be granted 16 clock hours for each quarter credit earned, and 24 clock hours for each semester credit earned.
    • Successful completion of activities under subpart 3, items B to I, must be granted one clock hour for each hour of participation with the following exceptions:
      • Supervision of clinical experiences of persons enrolled in teacher licensure programs for one quarter equals 16 clock hours or one semester equals 24 clock hours. No more than 30 clock hours may be granted in a five-year relicensure period for supervision.
      • One week of pre-approved travel or work experience for purposes of improving instructional capabilities equals ten clock hours. No more than 30 clock hours may be granted in a five year relicensure period for travel or work experience. The limit of 30 clock hours may be waived when the local committee determines that the pre-approved travel or work experience is critical to the teacher's advanced or current skills for the teacher's assignment; for example, travel to experience language or cultural immersion by a teacher of world language.
    Subpart 5. Exception for national board certification
    A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher is actively engaged in and making progress toward National Board of Professional Standards Certification or other national professional teaching certification approved by the Board of Teaching at the time of renewal as equivalent to fulfilling all clock hour requirements for continuing license renewal. A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher has earned National Board or other approved certification as equivalent to all clock hour requirements during the life of the certificate. If the certificate expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee shall prorate hours completed under this exception and require completion of a prorated number of clock hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.
    Subp. 6. Exception for local option
    The Board of Teaching shall approve requests submitted by local committees that, through their school district master contracts or other official agreements between the local school board and its teachers, wish to substitute development and implementation of individualized professional development plans for some or all of the clock hour requirements for renewal of continuing licenses, provided that each individualized professional development plan:
    • Is designed primarily to enhance the teacher's ability to effect increased student learning;
    • Focuses on standards in part 8710.2000 and specific content knowledge required for the teacher's assignment;
    • Includes management and monitoring of student learning, including positive behavioral interventions and adaptation and modification of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to assist varied student learners in achieving graduation standards;
    • Includes a focus on research-based best practice;
    • Identifies the procedures and criteria by which successful development and implementation of the individualized professional development plan will be validated and communicated with the local continuing education committee; and
    • Requires that each teacher's individualized professional development plan equal or exceed 125 hours of professional development activities during the five-year period.
    Subpart 7. Experience for clock hour credit
    Except for Subp. 3 "Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings in the area of experiences with students of another age, ability, culture, or socioeconomic level," teaching experiences for which licensure is required shall not qualify for clock hour credit. 
    Subpart 8. Period for earning clock hours
    An applicant requesting renewal of a license to teach must earn a minimum of 125 clock hours during each five-year period preceding application for licensure renewal. An applicant may not bank clock hours for purposes of relicensure, but clock hours earned after an application for renewal has been submitted may be applied to the next renewal period.
    Subpart 9. School staff development
    Instruction and professional development activities provided by a school may be included among the clock hours in this part.
    Subp. 10. Renewal of license for two or more areas
    An applicant who seeks renewal of a continuing license for two or more areas should allocate at least 30 clock hours to each of the licensure areas for a total of no fewer than 125 clock hours, with priority given to work in areas where the candidate is employed during the licensure period. An applicant who holds an administrative license or licenses may allocate clock hours for the renewal of teaching licensure under this subpart.
    Subp. 11. Denial of clock hours
    A local committee shall not grant clock hours for experiences that are primarily for personal rather than professional improvement or for experiences that duplicate other granted clock hour experiences without new or enhanced professional development value. 
     
    Statutory Authority:            History:                                           Posted:
    MS s 122A.09; 122A.18       25 SR 588; 26 SR 1512; 29 SR 897       October 15, 2007
     

     

    Minnesota Administrative Rules (Administrators)
    3512.2300 Continuing License

     

    Subpart 1. Continuing license for those holding entrance license

    An applicant who completes at least one school year of administrative or supervisory experience in a licensure area while holding an entrance license shall be issued a continuing license, valid for five years. When a licensure area is added to a continuing license already in force, a continuing license is issued, and the expiration date becomes that already established for the continuing license in force.

    Subpart 2. Life license

    An applicant who holds a life license who subsequently completes an approved program in an additional licensure area shall be issued a continuing license, valid for five years for the additional licensure area.
     

    Subpart 3. Renewal of continuing licenses

    The renewal of continuing licenses must be issued to an applicant who provides evidence of completion of 125 clock hours of approved administrative and supervisory continuing education earned according to part 3512.1200 during the five-year period immediately before renewal of the continuing license. Approval of continuing education programs, and the clock hours that may be earned in each program, must be according to part 3512.1200. Relevant courses completed at accredited colleges and universities may be used toward the clock hour requirement. One quarter college credit equals 15 clock hours; one semester college credit equals 20 clock hours. Renewal requirements must be met during the five-year period of each continuing license and no clock hours shall carry forward into any subsequent five-year licensure period.

    Subpart 4. Lapsed license

    If a continuing license has been allowed to lapse and the applicant has not been employed as an administrator or supervisor during the year immediately before the application for renewal, the applicant must provide evidence that:

    • A total of 125 clock hours of approved administrative and supervisory continuing education have been earned according to this part during the five-year period immediately before the application for a continuing license, in which case a five-year continuing license must be granted; or
    • A position has been offered contingent upon holding a valid license, and demonstrate that there is insufficient time to complete 125 clock hours of approved administrative and supervisory continuing education, in which case a nonrenewable one-year license may be granted. Upon expiration of the nonrenewable one-year license, the applicant must qualify for a continuing license according to sub-part.
    Statutory Authority:
    MS s 125.05; L 1993 c 224 art 12 s 34; L 1996 c 412 art 9 s 14  
     
    History:
    21 SR 804; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3
     
    Posted:
    October 08, 2007