About — Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring Program

For conditionally certified special educators, Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring Program offers intensive, ongoing support and mentoring from an experienced special educator in the same area of practice. At the same time, they undertake one semester of graduate coursework and one semester of mentor-facilitated activities on topics that address the needs of new special educators. The goal is to provide new special educators with experienced mentor teachers to provide modeling and coaching, as well as access to resources and promising practices.

Instructors of the Mentoring in Special Education course will receive adjunct faculty pay that is based on their experience teaching in higher education. Mentors will receive a stipend of $500 per mentee for their nine-month mentoring commitment.

MACM seeks to partner with local school districts to provide a special education-specific mentoring option to support the district’s existing teacher support system. We want to keep in place the evaluation plan already used in your schools and expect our mentors to collaborate with your teams.

MACM gives school districts access to a cadre of trained, experienced special educator mentors to assist new conditionally certified colleagues during their critical first year of practice. MACM also works with districts to develop internal capacity to support special administrative units to identify ways to strengthen their new special educator induction plans and support networks.

 

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