Master Inservice Plans (MIP)
Embedded in each Local Educational Agency's professional development system is a master inservice plan (MIP) that identifies the components of professional learning that may generate master inservice plan points toward recertification or add-on certification. The components in the MIP are deliverables of the professional development system and a major support in addressing the purposes of district systems and individual deliberate practice.
Master Plan For Inservice
District professional development systems must include a master plan for inservice activities. The master plan shall be updated and approved by local boards on an annual basis by September 1 of the current year with written verification submitted annually to the Commissioner of Education by October 1 of the current year.
Section 1012.98, Florida Statute, School Community Professional Development Act, sets forth requirements for educational training programs with further requirements stated in State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.071, F.A.C. For example, according to Rule 6A-5.071, inservice points awarded for successful completion of a component shall be assigned as follows: (a) One inservice point shall be equivalent to one clock hour of participation, or as specified by the master inservice plan based on competency(ies) demonstrated. (b) Points awarded for completion of college credit shall equate to inservice participation as follows: 1. One semester hour shall equal twenty inservice points. 2. One quarter hour shall equal thirteen and one-third inservice points.
To assist districts and teachers in the transfer of inservice points from one Florida district to another, the Department of Education offers a:
Though this form can ensure accurate inservice records transfers, district use is not required.
Master Inservice Plan (MIP) Component Numbering
Assistance in development of Master Inservice Plan component numbers is available through the Automated Staff Information System Database Manual:
- Information Database Requirements for Professional Development, 2012-13
- Information Database Requirements Appendices
Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs
Section 1012.575, Florida Statutes, allows district school boards the authority to design Add-On Alternative Teacher Preparation programs to enable persons already certified to prepare to add an additional coverage to their certificates. The purpose of the Add-On Alternative Teacher Preparation Program is to provide school districts the opportunity to develop inservice teacher education programs that meet specific needs of the district and at the same time provide a mechanism whereby a teacher may prepare to add a certification to his/her teaching certificate without having to take college courses.
Each district add-on program is to be reviewed and approved by the Florida Department of Education. A manual for development of add-on programs (PDF, 231KB)has been developed by the Department and is available to assist districts.
List of Approved District Add-on Programs
Department-approved district add-on programs are listed below the Approved Teacher Education Program at Approved District Add-on Programs.