Licensure and Relicensure
CEUs and Other Professional Development
Facilitators: Mary-Dean Barringer, CCSSO, and Christine Yarzabek, Digital Promise
Essential Question: How can MCs support the advancement of the teacher licensure process?
This session focused on supporting the licensure or relicensure process with micro-credentials. To simplify the conversation and target their efforts, participants immediately decided to focus on re-licensure, rather than initial licensure.
Challenge statement: Design models to integrate micro-credentials as pathways to advance a performance-based renewal of teacher licensure.
To inform their discussion, participants developed guiding questions which were sorted into five categories: current system, design, quality and rigor, policy, and communication. They included: What is currently in place to support re-licensure? How do we ensure rigor and fidelity in assessments? What state and local policies and necessary? What is our overall goal?
To address this challenge, participants identified several activities:
These guiding activities ultimately led the group to propose the creation of a larger toolkit to make the process clear for stakeholders and clearly define why incorporating micro-credentials into relicensure is both necessary and important.
For next steps, group members hope to clarify roles, survey the field to examine what is out there and what is the interest for micro-credentials, complete a meta-analysis of unanswered questions, and form a study group to grow wisdom and push this effort forward.