A Certified Educator Candidate may request a leave of absence (LOA) which shall be for one year from the date it is granted. If there is need to extend the leave, a letter requesting the additional one-year extension, not to exceed a total of three years, will be sent to the Certification Commission Chair. Ordinarily, only one LOA may be taken during the certification process. A LOA may be granted for, but is not limited to the following: personal, medical, parental (new baby), military, care of seriously ill (child, parent, and spouse), loss of center or educator.
- A request will be submitted to the Chair of the Certification Commission. The chair will review and authorize or deny the leave of absence. It will be documented and dated in a letter to the candidate and copied to the ACPE office.
- If an extension is requested, the Commission Chair will authorize it or not and will document and date the approval of the extension with a letter to the candidate and copied to the ACPE Office.
- Educator Activity during LOA — During the leave of absence, the CEC is out of the process totally for the duration of the leave. A CEC may not supervise students or access the certification process.
- Re-Entry — To re-enter into the Certification process, the Certified Educator Candidate must be accepted into an accredited center and meet a Certification Commission representative for a consultation. The Commission Chair and the Certified Educator Candidate will determine material requirements for the consultation. Note: The recipient of a “Leave of Absence” is encouraged to stay in collegial relationships with colleagues and is free to initiate individual consultations as needed/wanted.