Educator Resources

Mentoring Requirement for Certification

Holders of the Initial and Conditional Initial certificate must receive mentoring in their first year of teaching or school building leadership service in a public school district. An exception to this requirement applies to certificate holders who have at least two years of teaching or educational leadership service, respectively, prior to receiving the Initial or Conditional Initial certificate; they may be exempted from this requirement.

The purpose of the mentoring requirement is to provide beginning educators in teaching or school building leadership service with support in order to gain skillfulness and more easily make the transition to one’s first professional experience under an Initial certificate. Satisfaction of a mentored experience is one of the requirements individuals must meet in order to qualify for the Professional certificate. Public school employers are responsible for reporting mentored experience for the certificate holders they employ.   School employers may use the TEACH system to report the verification of mentor experience.  

Instructions for reporting mentored experience into the TEACH system.

  1. Login to the TEACH system and click the “TEACH Online Services” button.

  2. View the instructions on entering a superintendent statement go to TEACH School Employer Training GuidePortable Acrobat Document (1.25MB).
Last Updated: November 20, 2022