Overview of Certification and Renewal
The following information is a brief overview of the Biddeford School Department certification process. For a comprehensive understanding the full handbook is available for download on the PLCSS page. It is critical that teachers* maintain their certification. Timelines for each type of certification can be found in the handbook on pages 14-17.
There are many types of certificates the most common three are…
Each teacher* must have either a Teacher Action Plan/ Professional Renewal Plan (TAP/PRP) or an Initial Professional Certification Action Plan(IPCAP). This plan outlines your goals for professional development and what steps you will take to accomplish these goals. The plan must be developed at least two years prior to your certificate’s expiration. Mentors should assist new teachers in the development of their IPCAP in the first two months of the first year for approval by the November PLCSS meeting.
During the second year the plan should be revisited and ammended if necessary and send for approval by the October PLCSS meeting.
Please keep the following in mind as you think of your certification
Teacher* denotes staff members who require state certification which includes all teachers guidance counselors nurses and librarians.