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Michigan state laws regarding mentoring, induction and professional development for new teachers

Purpose of this resource: This resource is designed to help principals and district administrators understand their legal responsibilities with regard to mentoring and induction for beginning teachers and to ensure that new teachers meet the professional development requirements prescribed by law during their first three years of teaching.

Sections 1526 and 1527: There are two references in the Michigan School Code that specify requirements for the professional development of teachers: Sections 1526 and 1527.

Section 1526 states: “For the first 3 years of his or her employment in classroom teaching, a teacher shall be assigned by the school in which he or she teaches to 1 or more master teachers, or college professors or retired master teachers, who shall act as a mentor or mentors to the teacher. During the 3-year period, the teacher shall also receive intensive professional development induction into teaching, based on a professional development plan that is consistent with the requirements of Section 3a of article II of Act No. 4 of Public Acts of the Extra Session of 1997, being Section 38.83a of the Michigan Compiled Laws, including classroom management and instructional delivery. During the 3-year period, the intensive professional development induction into teaching shall consist of at least 15 days of professional development, the experiencing of effective practices in university-linked professional development schools, and regional seminars conducted by master teachers and other mentors.”

Section 1527 states: “The board of each school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy shall provide at least 5 days of teacher professional development in the 2001-2002 school year, and each school year after the 2001-2002 school year. Professional development days provided under this Section shall not be counted toward the professional development required under Section 1526.”

Things to remember about the law:

  • Section 1525 professional development funds can be used to pay mentor teachers and substitute teachers to cover the class of teachers released to participate in new teacher induction activities and processes. The district application and plans for professional development funds have to reflect the intent to do so.
  • Teachers can receive SB-CEUs for mentoring beginning teachers. Separate SB-CEU credits can be awarded for mentor training and for mentoring. However, ONLY mentors who complete the required training can be awarded credit for mentoring.
  • Under section 1526, new teachers must be provided 15 professional development days in addition to those days required for all teachers in Section 1527.