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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, Principals, and Deans of Teacher Preparation Programs

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             January 3, 2006

RE:                  Chapter 114, Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel

The Department of Education and State Board of Education propose to amend the rules governing teacher education programs by adopting and infusing educator preparation program approval standards regarding administrators, other educational personnel, advanced programs, and alternate routes into certification and incorporating revised definitions and procedures into the approval process of higher education programs, which prepare professional educators.  While Chapter 114 was amended in 2002 to incorporate initial teacher performance standards and to adopt NCATE 2000 standards for program approvals, candidate performance standards for administrators, other school personnel, advanced programs, and program approval standards for alternate route programs to certification were not available for adoption at that time. 

The amendments to Chapter 114 in 2002 represented the first component of redesign and implementation of a performance-based system of program approval.  This proposed amendment represents the full redesign and implementation of a performance-based system of program approval for other school personnel and administrators. 

A copy of the current rule is available at:

A copy of the proposed rule is available at:

A public hearing will be held on the proposed rule on Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Maine State Library ATM Studio, Augusta, Maine. 

NOTE:  Individuals can participate in the hearing simultaneously using the Department’s Distance Learning Network (ATM) at the following locations:

Written comments on the proposed rule will be considered if received in the Department of Education by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2006.  This may be accomplished by:

We encourage public participation in this rule-making process.