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Certification & Induction

Chapter 9: A One-Stop Reference To Policies, Regulations And Implementation

Professional Development

Mentoring
1. Do CE candidates need more weeks of mentoring than holders of CEASs?

No, CE candidates are not required to complete more weeks of mentoring than CEAS candidates; nevertheless, the mentoring support they do receive throughout the year should be more intensive to accord with the special needs of the CE candidate. Ongoing mentoring for all provisional teachers is documented through a district-created time log that mentors submit to the central office.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/PTPInfo.pdf

http://www.nj.gov/education/profdev/mentor/

2. If a candidate comes to a new school district part way through the school year, how does the new school calculate the amount of mentoring still to be completed?

For purposes of tracking provisional program completion, a full year of mentoring for a novice provisional teacher must be equal to at least 30 weeks. For candidates who change districts during the mentoring year, the 30-week period will be used as a baseline to pro-rate the mentoring requirement in the new district. The Department does not track the amount of mentoring a provisional teacher receives in a given district. To find out how many more weeks a provisional teacher must be mentored, the new school district has the following options: (1) communicate with the previous district; and/or (2) consult the online Provisional Teacher Registration System to see how long a teacher worked under a provisional certificate in a previous district.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/PTPInfo.pdf

 http://www.nj.gov/education/profdev/mentor/

3. Must a candidate be in a position for 180 days to be assigned a mentor?

If the candidate is assigned to a class and will be in the same class assignment for more than 60 days, including as a leave replacement, then the district must register that candidate in the PTP.  Once a candidate is enrolled in the PTP, the mentoring regulations apply to that candidate and that candidate must be assigned a mentor. Specific requirements for mentoring support can be found in the links under Resources and Related References here.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/PTPInfo.pdf

http://www.nj.gov/education/profdev/mentor/regoverview.pdf

4. What is the typical fee or range of fees for a mentee?

There is not a range of fees, but there are different fees for mentors of teachers holding a CE vs. teachers holding a CEAS. The licensing office sets the fee because it is considered part of the cost for certification. The mentor payment for someone working with a CE teacher is set to be higher because that teacher has not completed any supervised clinical experience.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

5. How do we track the amount of mentoring a teacher received if he/she did not work a full year in one district and then transferred to another district in the year following?

It is the responsibility of the teacher and district to maintain careful records to be shared with the new district should a novice teacher change districts. Districts should be maintaining logs of mentoring time pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9C-5.1(d)6:

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 /Requirements for provisional certificate

N.J.A.C. 6A: 9C-5.1/Requirements for district mentoring program

6. Can a nonpublic school use teacher coaches who are university professors to serve as mentors or does the mentor have to be a permanent district/school staff member? 

A mentor for a provisional teacher in a nonpublic school should be a teacher on staff in a non-administrative, nonsupervisory capacity who holds a standard New Jersey instructional certificate.  If the nonpublic school has no teachers on staff who can meet this requirement, please contact teachpd@doe.state.nj.us for further guidance.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4/ Requirements for provisional certificate

7. With new hires having to complete two years of teaching with a rating of effective or highly effective before applying for a standard certificate, should the mentoring fee of $550 to be paid in one year or spread out over two years?
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The mentoring fee should be paid during the first year because the required one-to-one individual mentoring support must be completed within the provisional teacher's first year. A year of mentoring is considered to be a minimum of 30 weeks. The district may continue to offer support to the provisional teacher beyond the first year at the district's discretion, but one-to-one mentoring is not required in the second year, nor would the candidate be required to pay a fee for support in the second year.

An exception to this practice would be for a provisional teacher who is not working full time. If a teacher is only working part-time, then he/she may take more than a year to receive the required 30 weeks of individual support. In that case, the mentoring time and the fee would be prorated.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

8. While the PTP is two years, does that mean the mentoring is also for two years?
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No, the mentoring requirement for a provisional teacher is only for the first year. One year of mentoring is considered to be a minimum of 30 weeks in duration.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4 Requirements for provisional certificate

9. How do we assign a mentor to a new charter school employee that has no veteran certified teachers?

Our regulations do not specify that the mentor needs to come from the same school; however, the intent is to induct the new teacher into a learning community and there are requirements for selecting a mentor that follow from that intent. Specifically, a mentor from another school needs to meet all the mentor eligibility requirements in regulation, including, but not limited to, the effectiveness requirement, the training requirement and the requirements that the mentor should (1) understand the social and workplace norms of the school district and the community in which the new teacher is practicing; and (2) understand the resources and opportunities available in the school district and be able to act as a referral source to the novice provisional teacher.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.4/ Requirements for provisional certificate

10. Is there a mentoring requirement for charter school alternate route candidates?

Yes, all provisional teachers seeking standard New Jersey certification need to be mentored.  However, teachers seeking only the Charter School Standard Certificate have different requirements. Please contact provisional.teacher@doe.state.nj.us for additional information about those requirements.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9C-5.1 Requirements for district mentoring program