FAQ about MEA’s ESP certification program
Q: Do you recognize this symbol?
A: This is the Education Support Professionals’ certification symbol.
Q: Why do ESPs need a certification program?
A: Education support professionals recognize their need for professional development opportunities. To meet the changing requirements of their jobs, the ESP Certification program can enhance ESPs’ professionalism, gain them respect and help them perform their jobs at a higher level.
Q: What is MEA's role in ESP certification program?
A: The MEA ESP Center for Professional Learning will be headquartered in the Professional Development and Human Rights Department (PD/HR). The center assumes overall administration of MEA sessions, reviewing and approving training classes and maintaining records for MEA classes on each participant's involvement in the program. It will also award certificates upon completion of the total program.
Q: Will MEA offer training classes?
A: Yes, MEA Online Professional Development, in collaboration with Instructional Technology Service Inc., will provide training through the “My Education Connection” portal. Courses will be offered at community colleges, ISDs, school districts, professional organizations and private vendors. Some trainings offered at MEA conferences may qualify.
Q: How much will training cost?
A: MEA Online Professional Development is FREE to its members though the “Members Only” section of
www.mea.org. Other costs will vary depending on the program provider, community college, ISD, local school district and/or private vendors. We suggest that locals bargain with school districts to pay for the training of support staff in the program.
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