SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Submission requirements for CENTA Certification depend on the level you apply for. The requirements by level are detailed below.

Please note that the number of years of experience for each level is indicative. You should refer to the CENTA Standards and assess the level that would suit you based on the competency expectations defined.

Level 1 (L1): New Teacher. Typically relevant for teachers who are in the early stages of their career, say, less than 3 years experience, or are yet to begin their professional career.

Objective Assessment or TPO

Please note that for the first batch of the CENTA Certification (2016), TPO 2015 scores will be considered towards the Objective component of the Certificate. So you can take up the CENTA Certification only in the track in which you participated in TPO 2015.

Practical-I
  • This step involves electronic upload of a portfolio of submissions, focusing on the aspects detailed below, and is expected to take a total of 30-40 hours of effort.
  • The window for these submissions is 1st December 2016 to 28th February 2017.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

1.
Resume
Resume in a pre-defined format covering aspects such as:
  1. Educational qualifications and professional experience (This is a non- evaluative section and meant only for our internal records)
  2. Knowledge-sharing initiatives
  3. Leadership initiatives
  4. Self-improvement initiatives
2.
Planning for Instruction
Development of a Lesson Plan for a given Learning Objective for a given topic from your chosen Test Track.
  1. Lesson plan as per guidelines and/or boundary constraints provided
  2. Answering specific questions about the lesson plan and/or related themes.
3.
Focus on students
  1. Submission of a specified set of details, regarding 20 students of your class, which reflect your level of understanding of each student.
    Note: Student names are not required in submission
  2. Submission of 'photos of diary notes' sent to the parents of 5 students to share child's progress and feedback (again without student or parent names).
  3. Submission of student work samples (without student names), describing the insights derived from them along with the actions taken based on the insights.
4.
Classroom observations through video
Submission of 2 videos of 10-15 minutes each, with each one having a different focus as asked when the submission window opens.
Examples:
  1. Two different topics being taught in different contexts; e.g. introducing a new topic vs. revising a topic
  2. Different classroom settings.
Submission of a brief note explaining the context of the classroom, and Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans corresponding to each video.
Videos can be taken through mobile phone cameras and should include video and audio of you as well as your students. You can take the help of a colleague or a student to shoot the video.
Please note that you will be responsible for taking the appropriate permissions from management and parents for video-taping. However, if needed to facilitate the process, CENTA can provide a letter confirming that you have registered for the CENTA Certification and stating that videos are only for the purpose of Certification and would be treated with full confidentiality.
5.
Self-reflection
Share weekly self-reflection in a pre-defined format.
6.
Principal and peer surveys
We will seek email Ids of your Principal and 5 peers for a survey, which we will directly send to those people whose email Id you share with us.
As the survey will cover different aspects, we will ask you to share email Ids of peers with whom you have different types of interactions; e.g. teachers who are senior to you, or junior to you, coordinators etc. Other CENTA Certification candidates cannot participate in the survey.

Practical-II
  • This step involves additional submissions as well as a video based assessment, from a location near your place, which has high speed internet availability. After pre-submissions which might take 2-3 hours, your video-based assessment will be scheduled for a 4-5 hour slot.
  • Practical-II will be held during April-June 2017.
  • The video-based assessment involves long answers in a proctored (i.e. supervised) environment and a video based interview.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

Pre-submissions
  7.
Beliefs & perspectives
Sharing of your thoughts on a few aspects related to education.

This is a non-evaluative section and is for CENTA’s own learning and continuous refinement of the Certification.
  8.
Parents & Students surveys
We will seek email Ids of parents and students for a survey, which we would directly send to them.

For this purpose,

  1. If you teach grades V and below, we would request email Ids of 10 parents, and you need not share email Ids of students
  2. If you teach grades VI and above, we would request email ids of 5 parents and 5 students
As the survey would cover different aspects, we will ask you to include a diverse set of parents and students as per specified parameters.
Written submissions in proctored (supervised) environment
  9.
Across multiple themes
A few questions (including some with long answers) related to your subject and pedagogical content knowledge, relevance of technology in education, knowledge and understanding of relevant policies. Will involve creation of a lesson plan and/or assessment based on guidelines provided on the spot
Interview
10.
Video based interview
The interview will assess competencies across CENTA standards - those which have not been assessed through other instruments as well as select competencies that have been measured through other instruments for further validation.

Level 2 (L2): Experienced Teacher. Typically relevant for teachers with 3 to 10 years of experience, who are able to enrich their teaching based on their own experiences and other inputs.

Objective Assessment or TPO

Please note that for the first batch of the CENTA Certification (2016), TPO 2015 scores will be considered towards the Objective component of the Certificate. So you can take up the CENTA Certification only in the track in which you participated in TPO 2015.

Practical-I
  • This step involves electronic upload of a portfolio of submissions, focusing on the aspects detailed below, and is expected to take a total of 35-45 hours of effort.
  • The window for these submissions is 1st December 2016 to 28th February 2017.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

1.
Resume
Resume in a pre-defined format covering aspects such as:
  1. Educational qualifications and professional experience (This is a non- evaluative section and meant only for our internal records)
  2. Knowledge-sharing initiatives
  3. Leadership initiatives
  4. Self-improvement initiatives
2.
Planning for Instruction
  1. Development of suitable Learning Objective and appropriate Lesson Plan for a given topic from your chosen Test-Track.
    1. Lesson plan as per guidelines and/or boundary constraints provided
    2. Answering specific questions about the lesson plan and/or related themes.
  2. Provide commentary on a Lesson Plan provided by CENTA based on the given context and video.
3.
Focus on students
  1. Submission of a specified set of details, regarding 20 students of your class, which reflect your level of understanding of each student.
    Note: Student names are not required in submission
  2. Submission of 'photos of diary notes' sent to the parents of 5 students to share child's progress and feedback (again without student or parent names).
  3. Submission of student work samples (without student names), describing the insights derived from them along with the actions taken based on the insights.
  4. Submission of two 'child learning' plans developed with respective parents (without student or parent names), explaining the context of the plan.
4.
Classroom observations through video
Submission of 2 videos of 10-15 minutes each, with each one having a different focus as asked when the submission window opens.
Examples:
  1. Two different topics being taught in different contexts; e.g. introducing a new topic vs. revising a topic
  2. Different classroom settings.
  3. Any other specified scenario.
Submission of a brief note explaining the context of the classroom, and Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans corresponding to each video.
Videos can be taken through mobile phone cameras and should include video and audio of you as well as your students. You can take the help of a colleague or a student to shoot the video.
Please note that you will be responsible for taking the appropriate permissions from management and parents for video-taping. However, if needed to facilitate the process, CENTA can provide a letter confirming that you have registered for the CENTA Certification and stating that videos are only for the purpose of Certification and would be treated with full confidentiality.
5.
Self-reflection
Share weekly self-reflection in a pre-defined format.
6.
Principal and peer surveys
We will seek email Ids of your Principal and 5 peers for a survey, which we will directly send to those people whose email Id you share with us.
As the survey will cover different aspects, we will ask you to share email Ids of peers with whom you have different types of interactions; e.g. teachers who are senior to you, or junior to you, coordinators etc. Other CENTA Certification candidates cannot participate in the survey.

Practical-II
  • This step involves additional submissions as well as a video based assessment, from a location near your place, which has high speed internet availability. After pre-submissions which might take 2-3 hours, your video-based assessment will be scheduled for a 4-5 hour slot.
  • Practical-II will be held during April-June 2017.
  • The video-based assessment involves long answers in a proctored (i.e. supervised) environment and a video based interview.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

Pre-submissions
7.
Beliefs & perspectives
Sharing of your thoughts on a few aspects related to education.

This is a non-evaluative section and is for CENTA’s own learning and continuous refinement of the Certification.
8.
Parents & Students surveys
We will seek email Ids of parents and students for a survey, which we would directly send to them.

For this purpose,

  1. If you teach grades V and below, we would request email Ids of 10 parents, and you need not share email Ids of students
  2. If you teach grades VI and above, we would request email ids of 5 parents and 5 students
As the survey would cover different aspects, we will ask you to include a diverse set of parents and students as per specified parameters.
Written submissions in proctored (supervised) environment
  9.
Across multiple themes
A few questions (including some with long answers) related to your subject and pedagogical content knowledge, relevance of technology in education, knowledge and understanding of relevant policies. Will involve creation of a lesson plan and/or assessment based on guidelines provided on the spot
Interview
10.
Video based interview
The interview will assess competencies across CENTA standards - those which have not been assessed through other instruments as well as select competencies that have been measured through other instruments for further validation.

Level 3 (L3): Senior Teacher. Typically relevant for teachers with more than 10 years of experience; such teachers may often be in a position to assume the role of a specialist teacher in their chosen subject/grade level or a coach where they mentor other teachers or a leader in the School or beyond.

Objective Assessment or TPO

Please note that for the first batch of the CENTA Certification (2016), TPO 2015 scores will be considered towards the Objective component of the Certificate. So you can take up the CENTA Certification only in the track in which you participated in TPO 2015.

Practical-I
  • This step involves electronic upload of a portfolio of submissions, focusing on the aspects detailed below, and is expected to take a total of 40-50 hours of effort.
  • The window for these submissions is 1st December 2016 to 28th February 2017.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

1.
Resume
Resume in a pre-defined format covering aspects such as:
  1. Educational qualifications and professional experience (This is a non- evaluative section and meant only for our internal records)
  2. Knowledge-sharing initiatives
  3. Leadership initiatives
  4. Self-improvement initiatives
2.
Planning for Instruction
  1. Development of suitable Learning Objective and appropriate Lesson Plan for a given topic from your chosen Test-Track.
    1. Lesson plan as per guidelines and/or boundary constraints provided
    2. Answering specific questions about the lesson plan and/or related themes.
  2. Provide commentary on a Lesson Plan provided by CENTA based on the given context and video.
  3. Development of an overall plan for meeting academic objectives of the curriculum and learning goal.
3.
Focus on students
  1. Submission of a specified set of details, regarding 20 students of your class, which reflect your level of understanding of each student.
    Note: Student names are not required in submission
  2. Submission of 'photos of diary notes' sent to the parents of 5 students to share child's progress and feedback (again without student or parent names).
  3. Submission of student work samples (without student names), describing the insights derived from them along with the actions taken based on the insights.
  4. Submission of two 'child learning' plans developed with respective parents (without student or parent names), explaining the context of the plan.
4.
Classroom observations through video
Submission of 2 videos of 10-15 minutes each, with each one having a different focus as asked when the submission window opens.
Examples:
  1. Two different topics being taught in different contexts; e.g. introducing a new topic vs. revising a topic
  2. Different classroom settings.
  3. Any other specified scenario.
Submission of a brief note explaining the context of the classroom, and Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans corresponding to each video.
Videos can be taken through mobile phone cameras and should include video and audio of you as well as your students. You can take the help of a colleague or a student to shoot the video.
Please note that you will be responsible for taking the appropriate permissions from management and parents for video-taping. However, if needed to facilitate the process, CENTA can provide a letter confirming that you have registered for the CENTA Certification and stating that videos are only for the purpose of Certification and would be treated with full confidentiality.
5.
Self-reflection
Share weekly self-reflection in a pre-defined format.
6.
Principal and peer surveys
We will seek email Ids of your Principal and 5 peers for a survey, which we will directly send to those people whose email Id you share with us.
As the survey will cover different aspects, we will ask you to share email Ids of peers with whom you have different types of interactions; e.g. teachers who are senior to you, or junior to you, coordinators etc. Other CENTA Certification candidates cannot participate in the survey.

Practical-II
  • This step involves additional submissions as well as a video based assessment, from a location near your place, which has high speed internet availability. After pre-submissions which might take 2-3 hours, your video-based assessment will be scheduled for a 4-5 hour slot.
  • Practical-II will be held during April-June 2017.
  • The video-based assessment involves long answers in a proctored (i.e. supervised) environment and a video based interview.
  • The specific questions and detailed guidelines for each submission will be provided once the submission window opens.

Pre-submissions
7.
Commentary on recent development in your subject
Submission of commentary on any recent development in your subject which you are tracking
8.
Beliefs & perspectives
Sharing of your thoughts on a few aspects related to education.

This is a non-evaluative section and is for CENTA’s own learning and continuous refinement of the Certification.
9.
Parents & Students surveys
We will seek email Ids of parents and students for a survey, which we would directly send to them.

For this purpose,

  1. If you teach grades V and below, we would request email Ids of 10 parents, and you need not share email Ids of students
  2. If you teach grades VI and above, we would request email ids of 5 parents and 5 students
As the survey would cover different aspects, we will ask you to include a diverse set of parents and students as per specified parameters.
Written submissions in proctored (supervised) environment
10.
Across multiple themes
A few questions (including some with long answers) related to your subject and pedagogical content knowledge, relevance of technology in education, knowledge and understanding of relevant policies. Will involve creation of a lesson plan and/or assessment based on guidelines provided on the spot.
Interview
11.
Video based interview
The interview will assess competencies across CENTA standards - those which have not been assessed through other instruments as well as select competencies that have been measured through other instruments for further validation.