COVID-19 and Certification Programs

The following letter was sent to Program Directors on December 22, 2020

Dear OAKE Endorsed Program Directors,

The Teacher Education Committee has been working diligently to support programs during the Summer of 2021. We acknowledge that the pandemic persists, and that many summer programs will not be allowed to meet in person again this coming summer. We also understand that students need to complete their training. In light of these issues, the TEC met with several program directors and compiled suggestions about how we can assist programs in training teachers in the best way possible.

The TEC would like to emphasize that it is still important for teachers to have a high-quality educational experience, whether it be online or in person. Therefore, the OAKE Endorsed Program Guidelines will continue to be in effect for the 2021 year.  However, in the spirit of learning and teaching during a pandemic, we are making certain accommodations for Summer 2021 ONLY:  

  • Directors are allowed to adjust the 2021 hours to the minimum level with the intent of completing the level to the best of the program‘s ability. The remaining required hours may be expanded into subsequent years (levels II, III or IV) to meet the published OAKE Endorsement Requirements.
  • To avoid “Zoom Fatigue,” one-third of class hours may be completed asynchronously.

The TEC has begun a document of suggested resources and best practices for your use. This will be a living document that program directors can use to share our strategies.  Please add any best practices to this resource that you feel would benefit other programs, especially those that support academic rigor.  

In early 2021, we will host two online meetings for program directors (or their designated attendee) to answer questions and support your Summer 2021 program planning.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

The OAKE Teacher Education Committee
Carol Forward, Chairperson