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Workplace Specialist I   Eligibility & Application   WSI Training

Mentors   Convert WSI to WSII   PDP for WSII   WSII Renewal

 

I. Initial Workplace Specialist I 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, high school or within the Department of Corrections.  
  • This license is valid for two years. 
  • After successfully completing the Workplace Specialist I Teacher Training, passing the TABE exam, and completing a PDP (Professional Development Plan), the initial Workplace Specialist I License is converted to a Workplace Specialist II License, which is valid for five years.  

 

II. Eligibility and Application

Eligibility for the Workplace Specialist I License

Workplace Specialist I: 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):
    1. 6,000 hours (3 years) in the last five (5) years.
    2. 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and demonstration of occupational competency test.
    3. 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. 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and completion of an accredited 2-year or higher degree in the specific certification area
    5. 4,000 hours in the past ten (10) years and completion of an apprenticeship or internship program.

**Note: All occupational experience must be verified by submitting letters from current or former employees specifying and considering the following:

    • job titles and duties;
    • hours worked per week;
    • starting/ ending dates;
    • the name and title of the employer;
    • 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.   

Applying for Initial Workplace Specialist I License in LVIS

Required Documents:

  • Valid CPR card from IDOE approved provider
  • Verification of Work Experience
  • Proof of Suicide Prevention Training

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Log into your LVIS account.
  • Click Workplace Specialists Application on the right hand side under the MY Application tab.
  • Select “Original Workplace Specialists 1”
  • Type in the Subject Areas you wish to have on your license. Click Next.
  • If you have not already done so, enter the school corporation where you are employed. Click “Submit Employer.” Click Next.
  • Answer the questions. Upload required documentation, if requested. Click Next.
  • Upload the required documentation and optional documentation. Click “Next.”
  • If you have everything completed, you will be able to “Submit Application.” If not, you need to fix what is missing. Missing materials will be in RED.
  • Click the link to pay for all pending applications.
  • Mark the box under the “Pay?”
  • Fill out all the Billing information.
  • Click “Review Summary.”
  • Click box under Refund Policy.
  • Click Submit.

The application will then be routed to the CTE-Director to approve. Once it is approved, it will be routed to the Department of Education to issue. At any point you need to stop the application, click Save for Later. To get back to the application, Click Application Status on the right hand side and Edit the application you have In Process.

 

III. Workplace Specialist I Training 

Register for the Workplace Specialist I Teacher Training

Career and technical education directors will assign a mentor to each teacher http://workplacespecialists.com.  Registration is available the middle of June through the beginning of August annually. 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 this case, the teacher must register for the training the following year even though the teacher may be working under the Initial Workplace Specialist I License. 

 

IV. Mentors and Director Information

  • Mentors will be assigned to each Workplace Specialist teacher. 
  • The mentor must be a practicing educator with five years of teaching experience.
  • The mentor must work 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.

Directors:

An up-to-date list of Career and Technical Area Centers and Director contact information can be found at: http://www.iacted.org/index.php/directors

Renewal of Initial Workplace Specialist I License: 

The initial Workplace Specialist I License is valid for two years, and it may be renewed/extended for one (1) year only at the request of the director.
Download the PDF file Workplace Specialist I (WSI)

 

V. Workplace Specialist I Convert to Workplace Specialist II 

Upon successful completion of the Workplace Specialist I Teacher Training and all three content areas of the TABE exam, the teacher is ready to convert the Workplace Specialist I license to a Workplace Specialist II License. IDOE has a record of these teachers.   In the event the teacher was deficient in one or more content areas of the TABE exam, the teacher must enroll in an IDOE approved university course and earn a "B" or higher before converting the Workplace Specialist I License to a Workplace Specialist II License.  Evidence of successful completion of the IDOE approved university course with a "B" or higher must be uploaded into the LVIS system during the conversion process.  Information about the IDOE approved university courses can be found in the section below titled “University Courses to Satisfy TABE Requirements."

Download the PDF file Conversions of Workplace Specialist I to Workplace Specialist II.  The teacher must work with the CTE director to create a PDP. The PDP will be kept in-house and will be used as a working document to track the teacher's professional development growth. Please see the Workplace Specialist homepage for PDP Guidelines and Forms for information and guidance.

Required Documents:

  • Valid CPR card from IDOE approved provider
  • Approved PDP
  • Passing TABE scores or official transcripts of the approved university course with a grade of a "B" or higher
  • Completion of the Beginning Teacher Seminar

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Log into your LVIS account.
  • Click Workplace Specialists Application on the right hand side under the MY Application tab.
  • Select “Conversion”
  • Choose your license number. Click Next.
  • If you have not already done so, enter the school corporation where you are employed. Click “Submit Employer.” Click Next.
  • Answer the legal questions. Upload required documentation, if requested. Click Next.
  • Upload the required documentation and optional documentation. Click “Next.”
  • If you have everything completed, you will be able to “Submit Application.” If not, you need to fix what is missing. Missing materials will be in RED.
  • Click the link to pay for all pending applications.
  • Mark the box under the “Pay?”
  • Fill out all the Billing information.
  • Click “Review Summary.”
  • Click box under Refund Policy.
  • Click Submit.

The application will then be routed to the CTE-Director to approve.  Once it is approved, it will be routed to the Department of Education to issue.
At any point you need to stop the application, click Save for Later. To get back to the application, Click Application Status on the right hand side and Edit the application you have In Process.

University Courses to Satisfy TABE Requirements

NOTE: The following university courses satisfy TABE requirements in the event the teacher was deficient in one or more content areas. The teacher must earn a B or higher: 
Ivy Tech:

  • Math: MATH 023, 080 (Note: 080 must be taken with the co-requisite MATH 118) or any 100 level or higher
  • Reading: ENGL 083, 095 (Note: some 095 course sections may require this to be taken with an ENGL 111 co-requisite. If a teacher is deficient in Reading and Writing on the TABE, 095 will satisfy both deficiencies), or 100 level or higher
  • Language: ENGL 093, 095, (Note: some 095 course sections may require this to be taken with an ENGL 111 co-requisite.  If a teacher is deficient in Reading and Writing on the TABE, 095 will satisfy both deficiencies), or 100 level or higher

Vincennes:

  • Math: MATH 010 or 100 level or higher
  • Reading: READ 009 or 100 level or higher
  • Language: ENGL 009 or 011 or 100 level or higher

Other Universities:

  • A 100 level or higher course from an accredited college or universities

PPST (Praxis 1) Minimum scores for the TABE are:

  • PPST Reading 10710=176
  • PPST Writing 20720=172
  • PPST Mathematics 10730=175

CASA Minimum equivalent scores for the TABE: 220 for all 3 batteries

*Note that the PPST or CASA can be used to satisfy the TABE requirements whether taken before or after the TABE administration. If taken before and the scores indicated above are achieved, these scores may be used in place of the TABE.

 

VI. Workplace Specialist II PDP

Along with the CTE director, the teacher will create a PDP. The PDP will be stored "in-house" and will be utilized as a working document to track the professional development growth. Please see the Workplace Specialist homepage for PDP Guidelines and Forms for information and guidance.

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

Point Conversions:
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.

 

VII. Workplace Specialist II Renewals

Download the PDF file Workplace Specialist II Renewals

Required Documents:

  • Valid CPR card from IDOE approved provider.
  • Approved PDP.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Log into your LVIS account.
  • Click Workplace Specialists Application on the right hand side under the MY Application tab.
  • Select “Renewal”
  • Choose your license number. Click Next.
  • If you have not already done so, enter the school corporation where you are employed. Click “Submit Employer.” Click Next.
  • Answer the legal questions. Upload required documentation, if requested. Click Next.
  • Upload the required documentation and optional documentation. Click “Next.”
  • If you have everything completed, you will be able to “Submit Application.” If not, you need to fix what is missing. Missing materials will be in RED.
  • Click the link to pay for all pending applications.
  • Mark the box under the “Pay?”
  • Fill out all the Billing information.
  • Click “Review Summary.”
  • Click box under Refund Policy.
  • Click Submit.

The application will then be routed to the CTE-Director to approve.  Once it is approved, it will be routed to the Department of Education to issue.
To stop or pause the application process at any time, click Save for Later. To get back to the application, Click Application Status on the right hand side and Edit the application you have In Process.