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Clock Hours

Clock hour categories include:

A.  Relevant course work completed at accredited colleges and universities.

NOTE: An audit or a noncredit course (appropriate for professional growth) requires verification from the teacher of the course that the work completed was equivalent to work required for credit; in which case, clock hours will be equal to clock hours for a credit course. If work was not equivalent, the experience will be treated as a workshop and evaluated on a clock-hour basis.

B.  Educational workshops, conferences, institutes, seminars, or lectures in areas appropriate to license held, such as EM, MECC, vocational school, etc.

C.  Staff development activities, inservice meetings, and inservice courses. This is based on attendance at these functions.

D.  Building, district, regional, state, national, or international curriculum development, such as writing time, development of curriculum, curriculum review, etc.

E.  Engagement in formal peer coaching or mentorship relationships with colleagues.

F.   Professional service:

  1. Supervision of clinical experiences of a person enrolled in teacher licensure programs, such as supervising a student teacher – 16 clock hours per quarter or 24 clock hours per semester; 30 clock hours maximum in any 5-year period
  2. Membership on local, state, and national committees involved with licensure, teacher education, or professional standards, such as Relicensure Committee, Professional Growth Committee, staff development committee, etc.
  3. Participation in national, regional, or state accreditation, such as North Central Evaluations.

G.  Leadership experiences:

NOTE: The rule requires these activities to be “leadership” experiences, meaning beyond normal “membership” or “participation.”

  1. Leadership experiences in development of new or broader skills and sensitivities to the school, community, or profession, such as Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, church school superintendent, PTO officer, Teen Clinic board, jury duty, 4-H leadership, political leadership, leadership in community theater, etc.
  2. Publication of professional articles in a professional journal in an appropriate field
  3. Volunteer work in professional organization related to the areas of licensure held, such as officer in state reading organization, officer of CEC, community member of foreign language convention, etc.

H.  Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings:

  1. Experiences with students of another age, ability, culture or socioeconomic level; verification is written summation of active student contact and a description of student characteristics in regard to being “of another age, ability, culture, or socioeconomic level” compared to the teacher’s regular assignment, signed by the building administrator. NOTE: These experiences must not be a matter of teaching in the same content repeated or of simply teaching one’s regular assignment in a different setting or time frame (such as in an extended summer school contract). Repeated experiences will be evaluated in terms of diminishing return and the degree to which professional growth results.
  2. Acceptable examples: Exchange situations with different types of students as given above, ESL instruction, teaching related adult education classes, summer school with accelerated or special students for mainstream teacher; systematic purposeful observation during visits to schools and to related business and industry (verification is a written summation of visit, signed by the representative of the school, business or industry visited, including the educational content of the visit and hours of involvement).

I.   Travel and work experience

  1. Preapproved travel for purpose of improving instructional capabilities. Submit a travel preapproval form (found in the Forms section of MyLearningPlan.com). One week of travel equals 10 clock hours. No more than 30 clock hours may be granted in a 5-year relicensure period. (Clock hours will be granted upon teacher’s return. Will need to show how this travel experience has been incorporated into curriculum or other professional activities.) According to state requirements, verification would include a detailed trip itinerary, stating educational objectives for the trip and a summary report of the experiences undertaken to accomplish the objectives.
  2. Preapproved work experience in business or industry appropriate to field of licensure. Complete work experience preapproval form (found in the Forms section of MyLearningPlan.com). Verification will be by written statement from the employer, with validation of work hours and duties. Self-employment is to be verified as bona fide work experience by a written statement from a reputable representative of the work field in which the self-employment occurred or from copies of the applicant’s business records, with validation of hours/duties. NOTE: the work experience must consist of more than repetition of what the applicant already knows. Examples are office employment using current technology for a business teacher, paid work on library board for an English teacher, etc.

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Minneapolis, MN  55401612-465-8465

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