INITIAL STUDENT SERVICES (ISS)
This classification, Initial Student Services (ISS), 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 ISS 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 Student Services Certificate (CSS, valid for 99 years):
1. Complete four (4) years of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved student services experience.
2. Participate in a district-provided mentoring program for two (2) years. Your school will assign an appropriate student services provider to be your mentor;
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