Ed Tech Information

Levels of Authorization

Ed Tech 1
Reviews and reinforces previously introduced learning under direct supervision of the classroom teacher or appropriate content specialist. Assists in preparation of classroom materials or student supervision. Instructional duties must be directly supervised by classroom teacher or specialists; non-instructional duties supervised by administration.
Education:
High School diploma or GED

Ed Tech II
Duties of Ed Tech I, also may introduce new learning pre-planned in collaboration with the classroom teacher or specialist. Supervision similar to Ed Tech I but may also conduct small groups with indirect supervision.
Education: Two years post-secondary education or 60 credit hours approved study in related area; for voc ed, 2 years work experience in the field.

Ed Tech III
Includes duties and working conditions of Ed Tech I and II. May also supervise small groups in community based programs with indirect regular professional supervision.
Education: Three years post-secondary or 90 credit hours approved study in a related area; for voc ed, 3 years work in related field.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

SECTION 14.1-14.3 OF THE RULES SPELL OUT THE KINDS OF TRAINING WHICH SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO EACH LEVEL OF ED TECH.

At level 1:Orientation training must be provided within the first eight weeks of employment. In-service training must also be provided, with the following areas recommended: roles and responsibilities of the ed tech; students with special needs; understanding the instructional process; emergency, health and safety procedures; and confidentiality issues in schools.

At level II:Ongoing in-service training must be provided. Recommended areas are:roles and responsibilitities of the ed tech; students with special needs; understanding the instructional process; emergency, health and safety procedures; and confidentiality issues in schools.

At level III: Ongoing in-service training must be provided in the specialty area of employment.

Advancing a Level

To move up from a Level I to Level 11, you must take the equivalent of 60 credits of " approved study" in a field related to your assignment in order to move up a level. You can do this in the following ways:
  • Take 20 college courses with the usual amount of 3 credits each (1 semester hour = 1 credit of approved study); or
  • Do workshops or institutes at a college or university which offer C.E.U.'s. Since 1.5 C.E.U.'s = 1 approved study credit, you would need a total of 90 C.E.U.'s; or
  • Participate in local in-service activity. Since 15 hours of in-service activity = 1 approved study credit, you would need a total of 900 clock hours of in-service activities; or
  • Do any combination of the above, so long as the total amount of hours involved equals 60 approved study credits of courses, C.E.U. programs, and in-service activity.

To move up from a Level II to a Level III, you must take the equivalent of 30 credits of "approved study" in a field related to your assignment in order to move up a level. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Take 10 college courses with the usual amount of 3 credits each (1 semester hour = 1 credit of approved study); or
  • Do workshops or institutes at a college or university which offer C.E.U.'s. Since 1.5 C.E.U.'s = 1 approved study credit, you would need a total of 45 C.E.U.'s; or
  • Participate in local in-service activity. Since 15 hours of in-service activity = 1 approved study credit, you would need a total of 450 clock hours of in-service activities; or
  • Do any combination of the above, so long as the total amount of hours involved equals 30 approved study credits of courses, C.E.U. programs, and in-service activity.

Document the activity. For college courses or C.E.U. workshops, you will get a transcript or grade report. For local in-service activity, you must have a signature from your local certification chair or another person designated to sign off on this activity for the Division of Certification's records.

Fill out an application and send it, along with your documentation, to the Division of Certification or your district's authorization committee.

Renewal Process (click for process)

Related Links

Initial Education Technician Authorization
The Department of Education site explains the requirements for each level of an Educational Technician and provides the form for initial authorization.
http://www.maine.gov/education/forms/fingerprint/letter_2.htm

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