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What is KeepCertified?

KeepCertified is an online program designed to help certified educators track their Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Login to review your license number, expiration date, total clock-hours, completed categories, and remaining requirements. KeepCertified also allows staff members to request additional CEUs, register for TIES classes,  and enroll in district workshops.

Who are the Continuing Education Committee members?

Human Resources
Cassie Olson

Staff Development
Julie Schmitz

Early Childhood
Jennifer Weichert

Eagle View
Jenna Lund

Falcon Ridge
Lisa Luskey

Raven Stream
Stacy Hemann

High School
Michelle Scharpen

Middle School
Tracy Helgerson

St. Wenceslaus
Becky Smisek

 

How do I log into KeepCertified?

Note: If you do not work for New Prague Area Schools and do not have a KeepCertified account, please contact Cassie Olson at the District Office: (952) 758-1704  colson@isd721.org

If you already have a NPAS KeepCertified account, do the following: 

  1. On the Staff Resources page, click the KeepCertified button.
  2. Enter your complete NPAS email address and password.
  3. If you forgot your password, click on the Forgot your password? link.
  4. If you have trouble logging in, contact Cassie Olson

How do I submit my CEUs if I do not work for New Prague Area Schools?

The Continuing Education Committee no longer accepts paper forms or documentation. All CEU requests must be submitted via KeepCertified for approval. If you do not work for New Prague Area Schools and do not have a KeepCertified account, please contact Cassie Olson at the District Office: (952) 758-1704 coloson@isd721.org.

How do I request new CEUs?

After attending a workshop, conference, or class, request a CEU approval by following the steps below. All CEU requests must be submitted online. 

  1. On the Staff Resources page, click the KeepCertified button.
  2. From the top KeepCertified menu, click the Request CEUs tab.
  3. Complete all of the fields on the form.
  4. You must attach a PDF or image file of your CEU certificate.
  5. Click the Choose File button to locate the certificate file.
  6. Click the Submit Request button to submit your CEU request. 
  7. Click the Home tab to review your current license status.
  8. Under Pending CEU Requests, you will see your submitted requests.
  9. Click the Master Record Report tab to review all approved CEUs.

I made a mistake, can I modify a submitted CEU request?

Yes, as long as the submitted request is still pending. All pending requests are listed on your KeepCertified Home page. To edit a pending request, do the following:

  1. Log into KeepCertified and click the Home tab.
  2. Under Pending CEU Requests, click the Course Title link of the CEU request.
  3. Make the necessary changes... click the Submit Request button.

Can I delete a CEU request?

At this time, it is not possible for you, or any member of the Continuing Education Team, to delete a CEU request. If you need a CEU request removed, you have two options:

  1. Modify the submitted CEU request (as described in the FAQ above).
  2. Email your building's Continuing Education representative. Ask them to "deny" your CEU request.

How do I review my license status?

  1. Log into KeepCertified and click the Home tab.
  2. Under License Summary, you will see your Renewal Year displayed.
  3. Under CEU Summary, you will see your Total CEUs.
  4. Under Required Areas, each requirement must have one (1) or more hours.

What are the requirements for relicensure?

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doc20.pngMN PELSB Mandatory Requirements Chart

doc20.pngNPEM Continuing Education Committee Update (Jan. 2019) 

MN PELSB requires educators to receive continuing education in the following areas: 

  1. Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies
  2. Reading Preparation
  3. Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
    1. This must include at least one hour of Suicide Prevention Best Practices
  4. English Learners
  5. Cultural Competency

Do college courses count toward CEUs?

Yes, college coursework counts toward clock hours. One (1) quarter credit equals 16 clock hours and one (1) semester credit equals 24 clock hour credits.

Can I submit paper forms or documentation?

No, the NPAS Continuing Education Committee is no longer accepting paper request forms or documentation. All CEU requests and documentation must be submitted electronically via KeepCertified.

How do I transfer CEUs from another school district?

If your previous school district used KeepCertified you can contact Ties at support@tiescloud.net and request they connect your accounts. 
 
If your previous school district did not use KeepCertified you can request your previous district uploads your credit hours to MDE. Your previous district may also issue you a letter documenting credits earned which can be sent to Cassie Olson at colson@isd721.org.
 

It is my renewal year. How do I apply for my license renewal?

doc20.pngNPEM Continuing Education Committee Update (Jan. 2019) 

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AFTER January 1st of your renewal year, log into KeepCertified and verify the following:

  • 125 CEUs from at least two categories.
  • CEUs from the 5 required areas.

On the 30th of each month from November – June, Cassie Olson will submit verification to MDE. This will indicate which educators in the NPAS KeepCertified system have met all the licensure requirements. If you submit CEU requests after January 1st of your renewal year, you must wait until after the 30th of that same month for the verification to be processed.

  1. Click the MN PELSB link.
  2. Log in with your MN PELSB user account (click the Sign in with Google button) and follow the renewal instructions.
  3. When your new license arrives, send one original license to Cassie Olson at the district office. At that time, your KeepCertified account will be cleared and you may start earning CEUs for your next cycle.