UPGRADING FROM THE INITIAL CERTIFICATE TO CAREER CERTIFICATE
The classification, Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) or Initial Career Education Certificate (ICEC), is valid for four (4) years from the date of issuance. Any additional areas(s) of certification issued during the valid dates of this classification will fall under the same classification regardless of the certificate effective date. Therefore, all areas of certification under the IPC classification will have the same expiration date.
During the four (4) years that you hold this classification, you need to complete the following requirements before you can upgrade to a Career Continuous Professional Certificate (CCPC) or Continuous Career Education Certificate (CCEC), both valid for 99 years:
1. Complete four (4) years of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved teaching experience.
2. Participate in a district-provided mentoring program for two (2) years. Your school will assign an appropriate teacher to be your mentor;
6. Develop and implement a professional development plan that is on file with the district.
The Educator Certification System located within DESE Web Applications provides users with access to each of the following:
- Apply for a certificate
- Print out a certificate
- View a certificate or pending application
- View Praxis scores
- Check fingerprint/background status