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For Mentoring/Experience Purposes ONLY Recognized National or Regional Accrediting Agencies

S.B.R. 91-1-203(b) allows initially-licensed persons to complete their required performance assessment (mentoring) while employed in either a State Board accredited school or in a school that is accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the State Board.  The recognized regional or national accrediting agencies are listed below. RECOGNITION  OF THESE ACCREDITING AGENCIES IS APPLICABLE ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPLETING MENTORING TO MOVE FROM AN INITIAL TO A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE.  
The performance assessment required under any initial license (teaching, school specialist or school leadership) is currently defined by regulation as a district provided mentoring program that is approved based on guidelines.

National Accrediting Agencies




Regional Accrediting Associations





Regional Associations of Independent Schools




Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Assistant Director
Susan Helbert

Licensure Consultants

For questions regarding Emergency Substitute Licenses

Myra Stithem

Christa Chesmore

For questions regarding renewal of a five-year professional license (Form 3a).

Shane Carter

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Diana Stephan


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