DIOCESE OF COLUMBUS  

Licensure and Professional Development

Department of Education  3/07

Mission Statement

The Diocese of Columbus LPDC serves educators employed by the Diocese by guiding their licensure planning so that the Individual Professional Development Plans reflect the educational goals of the school, the Diocesan Department of Education, and the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association.

 

TO RENEW, CONVERT OR MAINTAIN A CERTIFICATE OR LICENSE

TEACHER EDUCATION AND LICENSURE STANDARDS

THE DIOCESE OF COLUMBUS LPDC

GUIDELINES: 2/12/98

LICENSURE INFORMATION

PLANNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN

·         Professional or Associate License Renewal

·         Provisional License Renewal

·         Local Professional Development

·         Responsibilities

·         Reciprocity

·         Forms

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS regarding certification/licensure/the LPDC

REQUIREMENTS

To renew an 8 year professional certificate

·         an eight year certificate may be renewed one time under prior certification standards after 9/1/98*, and before 9/2/06

 

To move from certification to licensure

·         a teacher may move from certification to licensure who has acquired six (6) semester hours of college work, or acquired eighteen (18) CEUs or approved equivalent activities or a combination of CEUs and college credits. This work must be done after the last certificate renewal and prior to expiration of the certificate.

To renew a two year provisional license

·         a valid two year provisional license may be renewed upon completion of three (3) semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the areas of specialization since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

To renew the first five year professional license

·         renewal of the first five year professional license requires six (6) semester hours of course work or 18 CEUs or approved activities or combination approved by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC).

To renew the second five year professional license

·         renewal of the second five year professional license requires a master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit; if master's degree already obtained - 6 semester hours or 18 CEUs or approved activities (LPDC). Those who held certificates under previous standards are exempted from the master's degree or 30 semester hour requirement for second renewal, but still need the six (6) hours, 18 CEUs or equivalent activities.

To maintain non-tax certificate teaching status

  • to maintain non-tax certificate teaching status, a teacher must earn six (6) semester hours or 18 CEUs or approved activities (LPDC) or a combination of both in five (5) years (required by the Diocese of Columbus)

To maintain permanent certificate teaching status

  • to maintain permanent certificate teaching status, six (6) semester hours of credit or eighteen (18) CEUs in five (5) years (required by the Diocese of Columbus). 

 

TEACHER EDUCATION AND LICENSURE STANDARDS

  In 1992, the State Board of Education established a thirty-four member Standards Review Committee, broadly representative of the education and lay communities, to consider needed revisions to develop a new system of teacher licensure that would be both performance-based and grounded in the knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice.

Two years later, the Standards Review Committee and the Ohio Teacher Education and Certification Advisory Commission finalized their work and submitted recommended standards to the State Board of Education. The State Board accepted the standards in principle by resolution in July 1994, and sought needed legislative changes from the General Assembly, enacted in Senate Bill 230.

After receiving written and oral public testimony on the proposed teacher standards, the board passed a resolution to adopt the standards in October 1996. The General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution of approval of the standards in November 1996. The legislative adoption of the resolution established the effective date of January 1, 1998, for Chapter 3301-24 of the Administrative Code (Teacher Education and Licensure Standards)

These new standards ensure that only those teachers who can perform the work will do the work. The standards emphasize performance - from the time a teacher enters the classroom throughout his or her career. The ultimate benefit of this new direction is a better education for Ohio's students. 

These standards increase the rigor in the teaching profession because they:

Strengthen Ohio's teacher preparation programs. Colleges and universities will improve their teacher preparation programs by developing programs focused on what teachers should know and be able to do.  

Require successful performance of beginning teachers. The Entry Year Program will provide direct assistance to Ohio's beginning teachers via mentors, who will offer the support necessary to successfully transition into "real-world," full-time classroom challenges. Teachers must pass performance-based assessments to qualify for a five-year professional license.  

Achieve higher standards through licensure. Licenses will be given in the broad categories of early, middle, and adolescent to young adult education - with other licenses for multi-age, intervention specialist, vocational education, pupil personnel, and administration.

Intensify professional development. With a renewable, five-year license system, the state will no longer award permanent certificates. To renew a license, a teacher must develop a professional development plan that is then approved by a local professional development committee. Coursework, continuing education units, or other equivalent activities related to the license areas or to classroom teaching will also be required - as well as a maser's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit to renew a license the second time or after 10 years. The requirement of a master's degree or thirty semester hours pertains to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program at an approved college or university after July 1, 1998, and to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program prior to January1, 1998, and who completes said program after July 1, 2002.

Believing that higher standards are needed for both schools and educators in order to provide an excellent education for every student, the State Board of Education established the legal guidelines for teacher education and licensure in Ohio that are described in the Teacher Education and Licensure Standards publication.

Ohio Department of Education

March 1997

 

 

The Diocese of Columbus LPDC

 

In 1996 the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 230, authorizing the establishment of Local Professional Development Committees. Such committees are to be established in every school district by the fall of 1998. The purpose of the committee is to review the coursework and other professional development activities completed by educators within the district for renewal of certificates or licenses.  

The LPDC for the Diocese of Columbus consists of teachers and administrators who represent educators working in schools throughout the twenty-three counties which make up the Diocese of Columbus.

Guidelines: 2/12/98

 

1. Make up of Committee

a)     Committee will serve the entire Diocese of Columbus educators.

b)     All committee members must be currently licensed (certificated) educators presently employed by a Catholic school in the Diocese of Columbus.

    2. Committee Responsibilities

a)     To hold (at least) quarterly meetings and to notify members and teachers of these meetings.  Dates typically are published in Monday Musings and in the Diocese of Columbus Department of Education calendar.

b)     To read and evaluate the submitted Individual Professional Development Plan (IDPD) proposals of all the educators of the Diocese of Columbus.

c)      To act on educators' requests for renewal of state licenses once the requirements have been met.

d)     To issue certificates of CEU credit to teachers who have earned appropriate hours.

e)     To handle all requests in a timely and confidential manner.

f)        To send all submitted grievances to the grievance sub committee.

3. Chairperson's Responsibilities

a)     To establish a set location for the meetings and to make that address available to all committee members.

b)     To make available to all educators the name, position, and school name of each committee member.  This is published yearly in Monday Musings.

c)      To submit all approved requests for renewal of licenses to the Diocesan superintendent.

d)     To notify individual educators and his/her principal of any non-approved IPDP and/or renewal requests.

 

LICENSURE INFORMATION

   The professional or associate license is valid for five years and may be renewed by individuals currently employed in a school district upon verification that the following requirements have been completed since the issuance of the license to be renewed:  

six semester hours of coursework related to

classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure

-or-

eighteen CEUs or other equivalent activities related

to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure as

approved by the local professional development

committee (LPDC).

Each educator wishing to fulfill the license renewal requirements is responsible for the design of an individual professional development plan, subject to approval of the local professional development committee. The plan shall be based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school, and the school district.

Teachers who are currently working under an Ohio certificate will not lose or gain teaching areas when they change to licensure. Whatever the listed teaching areas are on the current certificate are the areas which will appear on the license.

To renew the second five year license, a teacher currently possessing a teaching certificate will not need to earn a Master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit. Those who held certificates under previous standards are exempted from the Master's degree or 30 semester hours requirement for second renewal, but still need the 6 hours, 18 CEUs or equivalent activities.

 

PLANNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Student Needs

Individual Professional

Development Plan

School Continuous

Improvement Plan

(School Staff Development Plan)

District Plan

State of Ohio

Teacher Education

and Licensure Standards

(excerpted)

   

"With a renewable, five-year license system, the state will no longer award permanent certificates. To renew a license, a teacher must develop a professional development plan that is then approved by a local professional development committee. Coursework, continuing education units, or other equivalent activities related to the license areas or to classroom teaching will also be required-as well as a master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit to renew a license the second time or after 10 years. The requirement of a master's degree or thirty semester hours pertains to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program at an approved college or university after July 1, 1998, and to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program prior to January 1, 1998, and who completed said program after July 1, 2002."

 

Administrative Code Chapter 3301-24

 

3301-24-06

Professional Development

 

Professional development shall be required for continued licensure for all educators. It shall be guided by the learning needs of all students and the axiom that all students can learn. It shall include current theory on progression for improvement on a continuing basis.

3301-24-07

Provisional License Renewal        

(A) The provisional license for teachers shall be valid for teachers for two years, and may be renewed if the following requirements are met, except as noted in paragraph (A)(4) of Rule 3301-24-04 of chapter (Entry Year Program):

The Entry Year Program shall be one academic year in length which shall include a minimum of one hundred twenty school days. In those instances when the teacher or principal is employed after the beginning of the school year, the Entry Year Program shall be a minimum of one hundred twenty school days. Teachers or principals may attempt to complete the Entry Year Program requirements no more than two times under the provisional license. Failure to complete the entry year requirements successfully after the second attempt will result in loss of the provisional license until such time as the candidate completes additional coursework, supervised field experiences, and/or a college or university approved for educator preparation, and is recommended by such college or university.

 

1)     A valid provisional teacher license may be renewed upon completion of three semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of specialization since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

2)     A provisional teacher license that has lapsed for up to five years may be reinstated upon completion of six semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of specialization since the issuance of the license to be renewed; and

3)     A provisional teacher license that has lapsed for more than five years may be reinstated upon completion of a minimum of nine semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of specialization since the issuance of the license to be renewed, and upon the recommendation of a dean or head of teacher education at an institution approved to prepare teachers.

B.     The provisional license for principals shall be valid as long as the professional teacher license is maintained, except as noted in paragraph (A)(4) of Rule 3301-24-04 of this chapter (see above).

    3301-24-08

Professional or Associate License Renewal

A.     The professional or associate license is valid for five years and may be renewed by individuals currently employed in a school or school district upon verification that the following requirements have been completed since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

1)     Six semesters of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or

2)     Eighteen continuing education units (one hundred and eighty contact hours) or other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure as approved by the local professional development committee of the employing school or school district.

a)     Chartered nonpublic schools shall appoint local professional development committees to oversee and review professional development plans for coursework, continuing education units, or other equivalent activities.

  Senate Bill 230 states: "The rules adopted under this section establishing standards requiring additional coursework for the renewal of any educator license shall require a school district and a chartered nonpublic school to establish local professional development committees. In a nonpublic school, the CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER shall establish the committees in any manner acceptable to such officer." After discussion among the superintendents of the Catholic dioceses in Ohio, who are the chief administrative officers for the respective dioceses, they will continue to be the persons who sign off in order for a teacher or administrator application to be sent to the state for renewal of a license.

 

b)     Each educator is responsible for the design of an individual professional development plan, subject to approval of the local professional development committee. The plan shall be based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school, and the school district.

c)      There shall be a local appeal process for educators who wish to appeal the decision of the LPDC.

d)     Coursework or continuing education units or other equivalent activities may be combined.

 

B.     The second renewal of the professional teacher license shall require the completion of a master's degree, or thirty semester hours of graduate credit, in classroom teaching and/or an area of licensure. A minimum of six semester hours, eighteen continuing education units or equivalent activities as specified in paragraph (A) of this rule shall be completed during the second renewal cycle. The requirements of a master's degree or thirty semester hours shall pertain to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program at an approved college or university after the effective date of this rule, and to any individual who is admitted to a licensure program prior to the effective date of this rule and who completes said program after July 1, 2002.

C.    The second renewal of the professional vocational license initially issued on the basis of a high school diploma shall require the completion of an associate degree or the equivalent in the area of specialization or a baccalaureate degree in classroom teaching and/or the area of specialization.

D.    Requirements for maintenance of the professional license after the second renewal for individuals currently employed in a school or school district shall be as specified in paragraph (A) of this rule.

E.     Maintenance of the professional or associate license for individuals not currently employed in a school or school district shall require completion of six semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or an area of licensure since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

F.     A professional or associate license that has lapsed for up to five years due to not meeting the professional development requirements may be reinstated upon completion of nine semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

G.    A professional or associate license that has lapsed for more than five years due to not meeting the professional development requirements may be reinstated upon completion of twelve semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure since the issuance of the license to be renewed, and upon recommendation of the dean or head of Teacher Education at an institution approved to prepare teachers.

H.     The school audiologist, school social worker, school speech-language pathologist, school nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapy assistant, and physical therapy assistant licenses may be maintained upon evidence of a currently valid license issued by the respective Ohio license board.

 

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN

GUIDELINES

Based upon proposed Standards for Ohio Schools

(May 12, 1997)

  "A significant portion of an individual staff member's professional development activities shall address the achievement of district and school goals and objectives."

[taken from 3301-35-07(B)]

 

Professional development opportunities should be:

1)     based on knowledge about learning and development;

2)     able to assist the teacher in remaining current in his/her content area;

3)     focused on providing instruction and learning environments that are responsive to the developmental needs of learners;

4)     include a variety of approaches to accomplish the goal of improving instruction and learner success;

5)     focused on learning and applying collaboration, shared decision making, and problem solving skills;

6)     able to prepare a teacher to use proven teaching and assessment strategies appropriate to his/her instructional objectives and the needs of learners;

7)     focused on engaging parents and families in improving learners' educational performance.

 

Professional Development may include opportunities:

1)     at the local, regional, state, and/or national level;

2)     to be of service to the profession through participation in committees and professional organizations at the regional, state and national levels;

3)     collegial learning including observations in other learning environments and work settings, internships, peer coaching, and peer mentoring;

4)     through collaborative efforts with the larger learning community, including institutions of higher education;

5)     designed to increase staff knowledge of interdisciplinary team organization and instruction.

*adapted from Diocese of Cleveland Plan

 

The Local Professional Development Committee will grant CEU credit for professional activities in the following areas: 

 

1) College Credit – No limit on CEUs

- 1 semester hour = 3 CEUs

- 1 quarter hour =1.5 CEUs

Verification: official transcripts

Criteria: 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate course work

a)     related to content area

b)     received from a 4 year accredited college

c)      successful completion of coursework

 

 

2) CEU granting conferences - up to 9

 

Verification: a CEU certificate or certificate of completion

Criteria: Any Ohio CEU provider

 

3) Religious Education certification - Basic = 4 CEUs

                                                        Advanced = 4 CEUs

 

Verification: copy of certificate which indicates completion of Basic or ` Advanced Religious Education courses

Criteria: successful completion of course(s)

 

4) Professional Presentations: .5 CEU`s per presentation

 

Verification:

a)     copy of program (topic of presentation)

b)     copy of presentation or outline

c)      log of hours for presentation and preparation

Criteria: educationally based presentation

5) Mentoring - 1 CEU per year

   Mentoring of an Entry Year Teacher (EYT) 3 CEUs per year

Verification: School assignment list

Criteria:

a)     must assist an undergraduate student aide, organization intern, pre-service student teacher or beginning teacher, or beginning administrator

b)     must be in conjunction with the approved teacher/principal preparation program, undergraduate/graduate degree program, or a clinical faculty/mentor program sponsored by the school

 

6) Curriculum Committee - up to 9 CEUs (dependent upon time commitment)  

Verification:

a)     employing educational agency's participation list

b)     curriculum guide

c)      committee assignment list

  Criteria:

a)     must be a minimum of 5 hours per activity

b)     must be coordinated by the employing educational agency or other state, national, or international educational agency or organization

7) Membership on Diocesan, local state or national committees - up to 5 CEUs determined by LPDC

Verification:

a)     sponsoring agency's participation list

b)     certificate or participation or attendance

Criteria:

a)     must be beyond the scope of a normal day

b)     must be an activity that enhances professional growth

8) Publication of article - 3 CEUs

Verification: Copy of article

Criteria:

a)     must be published in a professional journal

b)     if a grant, must be approved by the school

c)      must contribute to the effective practice of the education profession and/or the body of knowledge of the endorsement area

 

 

9) Publication of book - 3 CEUs (or more at discretion of LPDC)

 Verification: copy of book

Criteria:

a)     must be published for purchase

b)     same as "C" in #8

c)      in the case of revision, should represent a substantive change of original text

10) Peer observation - .5 CEUs  

Verification: signature of your principal 

Criteria:

a)     minimum of five (5) class periods.

b)     summary - stating the purpose of and knowledge learned from the observation

 

11) Educational travel - up to 5 CEUs (subject to principal's and LPDC    approval)

Verification:

a)     itinerary

b)     must have a summary stating purpose of trip

c)      educational objective and explanation of how travel applies to teaching

Criteria:

a)     related to one's assigned responsibilities

b)     must include a written plan to demonstrate how the knowledge, skills, or products derived from the experience will be implemented in the curriculum or job assignments

12) Educational projects - up to 5 CEUs per project (pending principal’s and LPDC approval)

Verification: written journal or summary

 

Criteria:

a)     must be a minimum of 5 hours per activity (hours do not have to be consecutive)

b)     must result in a written report or other tangible product related to area or licensure or school goals

Teachers are reminded that they will be asked to provide documentation for professional activities for which CEU credit is given.

 

Local Professional Development

Requirements for Licensed Educators

A.     All licensed teachers and professionals must participate in professional development which has as its main goal to prepare and support educators to help all students achieve high standards of learning.

B.     Educators holding non-tax certificates must follow the same professional development requirements as those holding state licenses.

C.    All licensed educators must seek approval for renewal of their license through the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC).

 

Responsibilities

A.     Principal

1.      The principal as educational leader in his/her respective school has the following responsibilities in the certificate renewal and licensure process:

2.      To maintain a dialogue with educators in his/her respective building regarding the requirements and individual responsibilities pertaining to certificate renewal and licensure.

3.      To distribute to each educator on staff a copy of the Professional Development and License Renewal booklet of the Diocese of Columbus.

4.      To approve individual professional development plans (IPDPs) so as to assure their alignment with student needs, the school's staff development, and continuous improvement plans.

5.      To review the progress of individual professional development plans as part of each educator's evaluation process.

6.      To verify completion of all professional development activities of educators in his/her respective building and to verify said educators have submitted all required documentation to the Local Professional Development Committee in a timely manner.

7.      To formulate and implement his/her own individual professional development plan in equal compliance with the aforementioned standards.

8.      To utilize the Local Professional Development Committee as necessary for personal professional development.

B.     Educator

1.      To develop an individual professional development plan.

2.      To have the plan approved by the principal and the LPDC.

3.      To establish and maintain a professional portfolio of all credits, CEUs and equivalencies.

4.      To submit the professional portfolio to the LPDC at the time of renewal for renewal approval.

C.    Office of Superintendent

1.      To sign and send all requests for renewal of licenses to the Ohio State Department of Education.

2.      To oversee the creation and functioning of the LPDC.

3.      To serve as liaison between LPDCs and the State Department of Education.

D.    Teachers moving to licensure 

1.      The teacher meets with his/her principal and discusses renewal/licensure plan. The principal approves the plan. The teacher completes a form and sends it to the Diocesan Personnel Office which then routes the information to the LPDC for approval.

2.      If the teacher changes the initial plan, he/she must have written approval from the principal. (Approval is indicated by the principal's signature).

3.      As soon as a teacher receives a new license from the State Department, he/she must develop an IPDP for the next 5 years.  This is to be submitted to the LPDC for approval.

4.      The Diocesan Personnel Office notifies the State Department that the teacher is eligible for certificate renewal.

5.      Teachers are responsible for maintaining a personal file of all credits, CEUs earned, and professional plans. Without verification of work completed, courses taken and CEUs earned, approval will not be given by the LPDC.

 

Forms

  1. LPDC Forms (5 pages)
  2. The above link requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

Commonly asked questions regarding certification/licensure/the LPDC

1. How do teachers who are presently certified go about re-certifying under the "grandfather" plan?

Currently certified teachers will renew 8 year professional certificates under the old standards until 2006.  After that, teachers will move to licensure.

2. Do teachers who hold a non-tax certificate have to develop a plan every five years as do regularly certified teachers?

Teachers holding a non-tax certificate will develop a plan exactly as do regularly certificated teachers. It has further been recommended that teachers holding a non-tax certificate will not be given a contract if the plan has not been completed.

3. Is there a procedure a teacher can follow if he/she chooses to grieve a decision made by the LPDC regarding acceptance of a plan and/or recommendation for recertification?  

Yes, a grievance procedure to handle disagreements between the LPDC and a teacher is developed.  

4. When does a teacher's professional development plan have to be presented to the LPDC?  

The plan will have to be submitted for approval by the LPDC as soon as a license has been issued by the state so that the teacher will know to proceed with the plan. Later, verification of completion of the plan will be provided by the teacher to the LPDC. 

5.  How long does a teacher have to complete the submitted plan?  

Teachers will have 5 years to complete the plan.

 

6.  Once a general plan is developed by a teacher, what happens?  

When the teacher proposes a professional development plan, he/she will present the plan to his/her principal. The principal will verify that the teachers' plan is appropriate to the goals of the school and the Diocese and that the principal feels the teachers' plan is a worthwhile one for the teacher to pursue.

The principal will "sign off" on the plan. The teacher will then submit the plan to the LPDC which will initially approve it. When the teacher has completed the plan and the plan is equivalent to 6 semester hours of college credit or 18 CEUs, the teacher will submit the completed plan and all documentation verifying completion of the plan to the LPDC for final approval. The LPDC will then notify the State Department of Education.  

7.  Will the Diocese keep records of earned CEUs?  

It will be the teacher's responsibility to maintain files of CEU credits earned.