I. About the Workplace Specialist License
The initial Workplace Specialist 1 license allows individuals with occupational work experience in a specific vocational area to be qualified to teach in that specific vocational area in a career center of the Department of Corrections. This license allows those without a teaching degree to become a teacher. This license is valid for two years. After successfully completing the Workplace Specialist 1 Teacher Training, passing the TABE exam, and completing a PDP (Professional Development Plan), the initial Workplace Specialist 1 license is converted to a Workplace Specialist 2 license, which is valid for five years. The process is as follows:
- Meet the IDOE Requirements for Workplace Specialist in the section below titled “IDOE Requirements for Workplace Specialist”.
- Be accepted for employment as a Workplace Specialist teacher in a recognized content area listed on the license by an Indiana school corporation, a cooperating school corporation for career and technical education organized under IC 20-37-1-1, or an accredited education program offered by the Indiana Department of Corrections.
- Work with the area career and technical education director to apply for an initial Workplace Specialist 1 license by clicking on the Workplace Specialist 1 button on the top of this page. This is a two year license.
- Have the area career and technical education director assign a mentor. The mentor must be a practicing educator with five years of teaching experience and be in the same building as the teacher. Mentors are not required to have been through the Indiana Mentor Training. The mentor does not have to teach in the same occupational area as the teacher. Directors and other administrators are not allowed to serve as mentors.
- Work with the area career and technical education director and the assigned mentor to register for the Workplace Specialist 1 Teacher Training by visiting: http://workplacespecialists.com Registration is available the middle of June through the beginning of August each year. The teacher is expected to complete this year long training during the first year, unless the teacher is hired after registration closes in early August. In such an instance, the teacher must register for the training the following year. The teacher can still work under the initial Workplace Specialist 1 license during the first year but must register and complete the training the second year.
- After successfully completing the Workplace Specialist 1 Teacher Training and the required TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) exam, the teacher will work with the area career and technical education director to develop a PDP (Professional Development Plan). The teacher must meet the IDOE requirements for PDPs in the section below titled “Workplace Specialist PDP Guidelines and Forms”. The PDP will be kept in-house and will be used as a working document to track the teacher’s professional development growth. The teacher will then work with the area career and technical education director to apply for a Workplace Specialist 2 license by clicking on the Workplace Specialist 2 button on the top of this page. This is a five year license. In the event a teacher was deficient on one or more areas of the TABE exam, IDOE approved university courses to satisfy the TABE requirements are identified by clicking on the Workplace Specialist 2 button on the top of this page.
- The Workplace Specialist 2 license will need to be renewed every five years. The renewal process is explained by clicking on the Workplace Specialist 2 Renewal button on the top of this page.
II. IDOE Requirements for Workplace Specialist
Requirements for the Workplace Specialist
Workplace Specialist 1: Initial (Two year license)
- Minimum requirement: High School Diploma. A first applicant must send in a photocopy.
- Employment in an accredited educational program to teach in a specific vocational area. If working through the Department of Corrections, the applicant must submit a letter on DOC letterhead indicating that employment will occur if license is obtained.
- Occupational experience** (Select one):
- 6,000 hours (3 years) in the last five (5) years.
- 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and demonstration of occupational competency test.
- 4000 hours in the past ten (10) years and evidence of occupational licensure or occupational proficiency based on approved regional, state, or national board training and evaluation.
- 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and completion of an accredited 2-year or higher degree in the specific certification area
- 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and completion of an apprenticeship or internship program.
**Note: All occupational experience must be verified submitting letters from current or former employees specifying the following:
- job titles and duties,
- hours worked per week,
- starting/ ending dates,
- the name and title of the employer.
This information must be on company letterhead. Only work experience in the certification area will be accepted.
Verification for self-employed: Submit the Profit/Loss statements from the federal income tax returns.
III. Workplace Specialist PDP Guidelines and Forms
Both old and new PDP's should be provided to the WS teacher's CTE director for authorization. Both forms must have the appropriate authorization lines signed by both the teacher and the director (not another administrator). All supporting documentation (verifying activities completed) as indicated by the PDP point chart must be provided to the CTE director prior to review and authorization of completed PDP's. Only listing the activities without official verifying documents will not be sufficient. Do not send any PDP's to the former university representatives!
Point Chart and License Application Information
Download the PDF file PointChart
1 contact hour = 1 point
1 CRU = 2 contact hours = 1 point
1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 point
1 Semester credit hour = 15 contact hours = 15 points
1 Quarter credit hour = 10 contact hours = 10 points
Alternative conversion for the above established policies will require supporting documentation.
PDP Forms and Helpful Information Links
The items below are acceptable for help with PDP and are to be used as guidelines.
*If the electronic signature on the above documents fails in your Adobe Reader, please print and sign it manually. Then you may turn it in to your CTE Director.