The information below comes from the Classroom Section of the Implementation Manual from MDE and forms developed by Oakland Schools. To see the full verbiage from the Implementation Manual, click here.
Sub-recipients may send copies of transcripts and
other credentials to Oakland Schools before hiring staff to insure that they
comply with the requirements
Credentials including transcripts and
certifications of all staff must be sent to Oakland Schools upon hire
Credentialing - Lead Teachers:
A Lead Teacher will be considered credentialed for the position with minimally any of the following:
A valid Michigan teaching certificate and an Early Childhood Education (ZA) or Early Childhood-General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement or
A bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development with a specialization in preschool teaching. The transcript will document a major, rather than a minor, in child development or early childhood education.
Credentialing - Associate Teachers:
Any GSRP associate teacher hired after June 21, 2011 must minimally have one of the following:
An associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education or child development or the equivalent; or
A valid classroom CDA credential; or
An existing 120 Hour approval.
Other Classroom Staff:
Third Staff Person:
Is added when the classroom enrolls 17 or 18 children;
Is a consistent member of the teaching team; and
Meets the LARA, Child Care Licensing Division requirements as a "caregiver."
Are appropriately oriented and trained in program procedures relevant to their roles (e.g., responsive adult-child interaction strategies, child development, special needs of enrolled children, family-style meals), and receive ongoing supervision.
Gains in a young child’s development are increased when the child has meaningful relationships with responsive adults who have a sophisticated understanding of early childhood education. For this reason, it is critical that GSRPs hire qualified teachers. Programs that employ staff who do not meet credentialing requirements are in noncompliance status.
Staff recruitment efforts must be documented in local administrative files. To support programs with having documentation of efforts Oakland Schools created a "Activities Used to Recruitment Fully Qualified GSRP Staff," form. If a program is not able to hire qualified staff please ensure this form is completed and submitted to Oakland Schools prior to hiring a staff member that qualifies for a compliance plan. Prior to moving forward with the compliance plan process, please review the Oakland Schools Roles and Responsibilities Document.
Staffing Noncompliance – Lead Teachers
If a program demonstrates to the ISD that it is unable to hire qualified lead teachers, only persons who have significant but incomplete training in early childhood education, or child development may be employed. "Significant" early childhood education is defined as within one or two courses of the Early Childhood-General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement on a valid Michigan teaching certificate or within one or two courses of the bachelor degree in early childhood education/child development with a specialization in preschool teaching. Educational training is defined as credit-bearing coursework and/or the field experience/student teaching necessary, according to the work plan established for the endorsement candidate by the college or university.
When GSRP Lead Teachers are employed without proper credentialing, a written compliance plan that includes administrative monitoring should be a condition of hire. Click here to attain the Oakland Schools Lead Teacher Compliance Plan Form.
Staffing Noncompliance – Associate Teachers
If a program can demonstrate to the ISD that it is unable to employ properly-credentialed staff, the program may employ associate teachers who have minimally completed one course that earns college credit in child development or early childhood education.
Compliance plans for associate teachers must minimally include two courses or 60 clock hours of training per calendar year from an approved training institution or agency, must be completed within two years of the date of employment, and must result in the attainment of the CDA or an associate’s degree in child development or early childhood education. Click here to attain the Oakland Schools Associate Teacher Compliance Plan Form.