For School Administrators and Certification Committee Chairs

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Maine Department of Education

You are already aware that every special educator issued conditional certification after July 15, 2018, and in her or his first year of teaching must participate in Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring program (MACM).

MACM is the program currently designated by the Department as referenced in the revised Chapter 180 rule:

For teachers in the first year of a Conditional Certificate for a Special Education Endorsement on the effective date of this Rule and, subsequently, all conditionally certified special education teachers

The SAU must ensure that a conditionally certified special education teacher participates in an alternative certification and mentoring program designated by the Department specifically for conditionally certified special education teachers. For a newly hired teacher, for the purposes of this Rule, participation in an alternative certification and mentoring program supersedes and satisfies the requirements of Subsection 2.

[Chapter 180, Sec 11, number 5, p. 10, italics added]

MACM Participants

The general rule is that conditionally certified special educators must participate in MACM their first year as teacher of record. There are modified requirements for some, depending upon her or his certification and teaching history.

Please see Table below for a breakdown of what parts of MACM are required, if any, for your new teacher. If you are unsure if your new teacher is required to participate in MACM, please contact the MACM coordinator (Valerie.smith@maine.edu) for help.

The following information can also be found on the MACM Participation Guide:

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Teacher History MACM Course MACM Mentor LEA Mentor
Professional level special education certificate from a different state

no

no

yes

Maine professional level special education endorsement, different age or category

no

no

recommended

Maine Elementary or Secondary general education professional level endorsement

yes

At LEA request

Recommended

(if no MACM mentor)

Maine provisional level special education certification

no

no

yes

Maine transitional, targeted need, waivered special education certification that hasn’t yet expired

At LEA request

At LEA request

or

yes

Maine Conditional Certification in Special Education and      
  • Has 2 courses or fewer remaining to complete cert requirements  

no

yes

(no)

  • Has 1 course and 1 field experience course to complete certification, post-bac certificate or special education M. Ed.   program

no

Yes, or program field placement supervisor

no

  • Has more than 2 courses remaining to complete certification, post-bac certificate or special education M. Ed. program

yes

yes

(no)

To download the MACM Mentee Handbook, click on the download button below.

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When there is no local special education mentor available, the LEA should assign a general education mentor from the new teacher’s school to mentor the person in SAU norms and practices. We will assign a special educator mentor from MACM to provide special education support. Ideally, the SAU and MACM mentors will be in contact with each other to co-mentor your new teacher.

As soon as a newly conditionally certified special educator is hired, please contact me with the name and contact information for the following:

  • Your new teacher
  • A representative from your Certification Committee, and
  • The building administrator

We will use the mentoring protocol already in place in your schools as part of your new teacher induction/certification plan.

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You will continue to use the evaluation processes already in place in your district. MACM mentors, like other mentors, do not conduct evaluations. They are expected to maintain confidentiality; however, they are also expected to honor their responsibilities as mandated reporters.

We intend to operate as a support for your district and new special educator during their first year, and expect to work with you to achieve this. If there is information you need immediately not covered in this message, please ask!

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to working with you,

Valerie M. Smith, Ph.D., Coordinator
Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring Program on behalf of Maine Department of Education, Office of Special Services.