This new policy will go into effect on January 1, 2020. See below for the current policy on Leave of Absence from the Certification Process.

The Certification process is designed to allow Certified Educator Candidates to progress at their own pace. As a competency-based process, it is expected that a CEC will make consistent, regular progress in their Certification process.

However, in the event that a CEC is not able to remain active in the process for 6 months, they must request a leave of absence (LOA) that shall be granted for up to one year from the date it is granted. The LOA is renewable for up to two additional years, not to exceed a total of three years.

Process

  1. The CEC shall submit a request to their center and to the Chair of the Certification Commission. Once approved by the center, the chair will review and authorize or deny the leave of absence. It will be documented and dated in a letter to the CEC and copied to the ACPE office. The same process will apply to a request for a renewal.
  1. Educator Activity during LOA — During the leave of absence, the center remains responsible for the payment of the yearly CEC fee to hold their place in the certification process. The CEC may not supervise students during a leave of absence.
  1. If a center does not wish to approve a leave of absence for a CEC, they must inform the CEC and the Chair of the Certification Commission. It will then be the responsibility of the CEC to reapply to a center when they wish to return to the process. If the return is within the three-year maximum, the CEC may continue in the new center to build their portfolio and continue in the process.
  1. If a CEC has exceeded the three-year point, they will need to submit a new application for admission and participate in an admissions interview for consideration.

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Current Policy (In effect until December 31, 2019)

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.

Process

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.