Maintenance of Certification during COVID-19

Video of Virtual Classrooms – Allowance

This guidance on video of virtual classrooms reflects exceptions that have been allowed in the past and that will continue to be provided after the pandemic.

Videos of virtual classrooms can now be split screen recording, a platform-provided recording, or a video made with a camera that captures the teacher at the computer with students on the screen. Regardless of the way in which a candidate chooses to film a virtual classroom, it will be important to show interaction between the teacher and students, as well as among the students. If this interaction is not clearly seen in the video, the result will be more limited evidence for assessors to score. See instructions and tips on recording in the MOC Instructions.

The Component 2 instructions require you to appear and be heard and identifiable in at least one segment of the video in which you are teaching a rostered class. The instructions also state assessors must be able to see and hear you and your students together, your students interacting with one another, your students’ reactions to what you are doing, and their engagement in learning. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be considered not scorable. For that reason, videos that contain only icons and no student faces and videos of asynchronous lessons are not sufficient and cannot be scored.

Editing for Anonymity – Allowance

Candidates should try to preserve anonymity throughout their entire portfolio, including their videos, in accordance with the MOC Guide and Instructions and component instructions. Candidates using video of virtual classroom(s) should do their best to set up the video so that only students’ or adults’ first name is displayed in the video.

However, if you are unable to remove personal identifiers despite all reasonable efforts, submitting a video with personal identifiers will not impact the review of the submission. If a candidate is unable to remove personal identifiers, for any reason, the candidate should submit the video without making any edits to cover names. Editing videos to remove personal identifiers is not an allowed edit.

This exception to allow personal identifiers if they cannot be removed despite all reasonable efforts will not continue after the pandemic.

Release Forms – Allowance

You are required to seek and receive permission to use images and some of the materials you include in your MOC components. Candidates may accept Adult and Student Release forms via email and/or with electronic signature in the event they cannot collect hand-signed physical copies. Candidates may create their own forms or copy these release forms.

 Video Date Attestation Forms (MOC Component 2 only) – Allowance

Video date attestation forms do not have to be submitted with a handwritten signature from an administrator or other witness. An email or electronic signature on the video attestation form will be accepted. Attestation from a teacher of record, other than yourself, is also acceptable.