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Continuing Education Requirements

Alabama (Five-year renewal certificate)
Professional educator certificates may be continued with verification of:
* Three full years (27 months) of full-time satisfactory educational experience and five allowable continuing education units (CEUs), which equate to 50 clock hours of professional development, or
* Three full years (27 months) of full-time satisfactory educational experience and three semester/four quarter hours of allowable credit, or
* Five allowable CEUs and three semester/four quarter hours of allowable credits, or
* Six semester/nine quarter hours of allowable credit, or
* Initial issuance of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. 
All educational experience, CEUs and credit hours applied toward the continuation of a certificate must be completed during the valid period of the certificate and prior to Sept. 1 of the year of expiration of the certificate. Professional educator certificates shall be valid for five years. All educational experience, CEUs, credit hours and NBPTS certification applied toward the continuation of a certificate must be completed during the valid period of the expiring certificate and prior to Sept. 1 of the year of expiration of the certificate.

Alaska (Five-year renewal certificate)  
Six semester or nine quarter hours of credit earned from a regionally accredited university are required for renewal or reinstatement of a regular five-year certificate. Credits earned after the effective date of the certificate being renewed count toward recency credit(s). Three semester hours of credit may be continuing education units and/or with prior EED approval, non-academic credit. At least three semester hours must be upper division or graduate level credit.

Arizona (Six-year renewal certificate)  
180 clock hours of professional development activities or 12 semester hours of education coursework posted on official transcripts or a combination of the two, completed during the valid period of the certificate.

Arkansas (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Two years of teaching experience during the previous five years or one year of teaching experience for the immediate previous year or completion of six hours of college coursework within the previous five years and applicant must provide verification documenting 60 clock hours annually beginning with the
2005-2006 school year.

California  (Five-year renewal certificate)
For each five-year renewal of this credential, the holder must complete a minimum of 150 clock hours of planned and approved professional growth activities and one-half of one year of experience as specified in "The California Professional Growth Manual."

Colorado  (Five-year renewal certificate) 
A valid Colorado professional license may be renewed every five years with six semester hours of college/ university credit or 90 clock hours of professional development (i.e. in-services, workshops, etc.) earned during the validity (from the issuance date to the expiration date) of your professional license.

Connecticut  (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Continuation of the professional educator certificate requires the completion of nine continuing education units (CEUs) during the five-year period in which the individual holds a professional educator certificate. One semester hour of graduate credit completed at an approved college or university is equivalent to 1.5 CEUs. (See Fact Sheet #107, Continuing Education Units, for more information.)

Delaware  (Five-year renewal certificate) 
In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1212, the Department shall renew a Continuing License, valid for an additional five years, to an educator who has fulfilled the 90 clock hour requirement for professional development. At least one half of the required hours (45 hours every five years) for educators must be in activities that relate to the educator's work with students or staff. Satisfactory evidence of such completion, as set forth in Section 5.1, shall be submitted to the department with the application for renewal. The 90 clock hours of professional development must have taken place during the term of the continuing license.

Florida (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Six semester hours of college credit or equivalent must be earned during each renewal period to renew your certificate. See information below for retaining all subjects on your certificate. Renewal requirements must be completed during the last validity period of the Professional Certificate and prior to expiration of the Professional Certificate. A grade of at least “C” must be earned in each college course used for renewal. A grade of “pass” or “satisfactory” is an acceptable grade. Sixty inservice points in an approved Florida master inservice program are equivalent to three semester hours of college credit. A passing numerical score on the Florida subject area test specific to the coverage to be renewed is equivalent to three semester hours of college credit for renewal purposes. A valid certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards will renew the Florida certificate only in the subject(s) shown on the national certificate. Teaching a college level course at an acceptable institution may be accepted the same as credit earned for that course.

Georgia (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Six semester hours of college course work, or 10 credits of Georgia Professional Learning Units (PLUs), or 10 credits of Continuing Education Units, as outlined in paragraph (3) and (4)(b) or 10 credits based on U.S. DOE Teacher-To-Teacher Workshops or completion of one full year of acceptable school experience (as outlined in Rule 505-2-.37, paragraph 5) while working in another state on a valid certificate issued by that state. Coursework must be a grade of “C” or better; three semester hours is equivalent to five quarter hours.

Hawaii (Five-year renewal certificate)
All options selected must relate to licensure goals and standards contained in your approved Professional Growth Plan and meet the criteria listed below. You must submit verification and/or documentation for each option completed. You must have a minimum of 60 total points to be eligible for license renewal. NBPTS Certification: Completion of process = 60 points; achieving certification = 60 points; Curriculum Development: 15 points for individual course; 25 points for school-wide program; 35 for statewide curriculum Professional Programs/Committees; Five points for individual class impact; 10 points for school impact; 15 points for statewide impact per assignment; College Credit: one semester hour=Five points.

Idaho (Five-year renewal certificate)
Total of at least six semester (nine quarter) credits completed during the five year validity period of one's credential. Classes in any subject area, taken at freshman level (100 level) or above from a properly accredited institution for semester or quarter credit hours will be accepted. To be properly accredited, an institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by the American Council on Education. Up to three of the six credits may be earned through professional development activities that do not earn university credit. The professional development activities must be approved on an inservice form signed by an Idaho school administrator. Idaho Technology Competency – An original certificate of completion, a notarized copy of the certificate, or an official letter of completion from a State Board of Education-approved provider of an Idaho technology competency assessment. The Idaho technology competency is required for renewal only if the applicant is working in an Idaho K-12 school at renewal time.

Illinois (Five-year renewal certificate, 10-year renewal master certificate)
Educators may use one of the following or a combination of college coursework and
CEUs/CPDUs to qualify for renewal of their certificates:
* Complete an advanced degree or meet Illinois criteria for becoming highly qualified in another teaching area or complete National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process, or
* Earn eight semester hours of college coursework in education-related program, or
* Earn subsequent Illinois certificate or endorsement or complete four semester hours of graduate coursework in Assessment of Teaching Performance or NBPTS preparation or earn CEUs/CPDUs. For Educators who choose to use the CEU/CPDU option, the law states that the requirement for continuing professional development may be met by Earning 24 continuing education units (CEUs) or earning 120 continuing professional development units (CPDUs) or completing any combination of CEUs and CPDUs equivalent to 120 CPDUs. Regular education teachers using CPDUs/CEUs for all or part of their professional development must have 20 percent pertaining to serving students in the least restrictive environment.

Indiana (Five-year renewal certificate)
A school services professional must have a minimum of 90 total points to be eligible for license renewal. Each point is equal to one clock hour unless otherwise specified, and points can be awards in the following ways: In-Service meetings for a maximum of 30 points; professional conferences or workshops for a maximum of 45 points; Beginning school services personnel mentoring for a maximum of 45 points; DPS certified mentor training for a maximum of 45 points; DPS beginning school services professional portfolio scoring for a maximum of 25 points; DPS mentor faculty training for a maximum of 25 points; license renewal professional growth team member for a maximum of 25 points; supervision of field practice of pre-service school services student for a maximum of 45 points; educational travel for a maximum of five points; Presenting at conferences, workshops, etc. for a maximum of five points per hour of presentation and a total maximum of 30 points; educational research/program evaluation for a maximum of 15 points per project or 30 total points; being on professional committees for a maximum of 30 points; college credit with one semester hour equaling 15 points, one quarter hour equaling 10 points, and a total of 90 points; College or University teaching of one semester =15 points; one quarter hour = 10 points, or a total of 45 points; Educational publication for up to 10 points a publication or 40 points total; accreditation activities up to 25 points for chair or 15 points for team member; other experience or activity for up to 15 points; and for National Board Certification 90 points for candidate completing process but not receiving certification.

Iowa (Five-year renewal certificate)
Two years of experience but no continuing education credits are required to change an initial license to a standard license; Six credits every five years are required to renew the educational or standard license; four credits every five years are required to renew the masters license. To convert a standard license to a masters license one needs to earn six renewal credits, have a master's degree, and have five years of experience. Credits can be earned in the following ways:
* Credit(s) completed which may not lead to a degree but which add greater depth/breadth to present endorsement held;
* Credit(s) completed which leads toward the completion of a planned master's, specialist's, or doctor's degree program in an endorsement area;
* Credit(s) completed which may not leads to a degree but which leads to completion of requirements for an endorsement not currently held;
* Credit(s) completed through Iowa staff development courses or activities approved through guidelines established by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, in other words, AEA staff development or approved LEA staff development courses; four credits may be earned for achievement of National Board Certification. Please send a copy of the certificate to the Board of Educational Examiners.

Kansas (Five-year renewal certificate)
Six semester hours of additional recent college credit from a regionally accredited college or university within the six-year period prior to application for renewal or completion of 120 additional Kansas inservice/professional development points or its equivalent in hours and points or verification of three years of accredited experience during the validity of the most recent five-year Kansas certificate and within the six-year period prior to the application for renewal. This type of experience renewal may be used only twice in the applicant’s career and is only available for advanced degrees earned prior to July 1, 2003.

Kentucky (Five-year renewal certificate)
Provisional - An official transcript showing at least nine semester hours of additional graduate credit in the areas of counseling or guidance counseling.
Standard - Completion of 12 Effective Instructional Leadership Act (EILA) hours as specified by the Kentucky Department of Education in KRS 156.101. (It is the responsibility to provide documentation of this training to the district superintendent, who recommends renewal on the TC-2.)

Louisiana (Five-year renewal certificate)
Teachers must complete 150 clock hours of professional development over a five-year time period in order to have a Level 2 or Level 3 Professional License renewed. No professional development is needed for Level 1 license but this can only be renewed once for three years.

Maine (Five-year renewal certificate)
For a five-year professional certificate it is 6]six credits of approved study related to your certification area(s) or another certification area taken during the lifetime of your certificate and not used for the prior renewal. These can be CEUs issued by the professional development center's of a college, can be from a regular four-year college or a community college, or can be clock hours of professional development training (workshops/conferences, etc). The professional development may not be adult ed. courses. One renewal credit = one semester hour = 1.5 CEUs = 15 clock hours of professional development training If the person is employed in a Maine school unit with an approved certification support system, they must renew through that support system and have prior approval for all renewal credits.

Maryland (Five-year renewal certificate)
Official transcripts for six semester hours of acceptable credit and renewed only at the request of a local school superintendent for an applicant whose service was interrupted during the validity period of the certificate preventing the applicant from meeting the experience requirement.

Massachusetts (Five-year renewal certificate)
Educators must align their Individual Professional Development Plans with school and/or district improvement goals and obtain supervisor approval indicating that 80 percent of the Professional Development Points are consistent with the educational goals of the school and/or district. Earn a minimum of 10 hours in a topic and seek their supervisor's endorsement of their completed professional development plan prior to applying for recertification

Michigan  (Five-year renewal certificate)
The renewal of the advanced certificate requires completion of 6 semester hours of credit at any four-year or community college listed in the Directory of Michigan Institutions of Higher Education, or 18 State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs). Also, a combination of semester credit hours and SB-CEUs is acceptable (3 SB-CEUs are equivalent to one semester hour of credit). Semester credit hours completed at approved out-of-state institutions are also acceptable. Credits earned should be relevant to your professional growth as it relates to your current position. Semester credit hours or SB-CEUs must have been completed within the five-year period preceding the date of application and after the date of issuance of the previous certificate.

Minnesota  (Five-year renewal certificate) 
MN Rule 8710.7200 defines the specific clock hour requirements for the renewal of all professional licenses. In summary, 125 approved clock hours are required for the renewal of a teaching license. (Additionally, statute requires specific content to be included, see below.) Clock hours must be earned in the five-year period preceding the renewal application and be from two or more of the categories identified in the rule. See subpart 3 of the following rule for specific categories. Professional development activities count toward clock hour requirements at the rate of one clock hour per one hour of actual participation in planned professional development activity. College course work counts toward clock hours. One quarter credit equals 16 clock hours and one semester credit equals 24 clock hour credits. Exception for National Board Certification: See subpart 5 of rule, which will explain how National Board Certification can apply to this clock hour requirement.

Mississippi (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Three semester hours in content or job/skill related area or five continuing education units in content or job/skill related area or completion of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) process for National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).

Missouri (One-year renewal certificate) 
The elementary or secondary school counselor, career continuous student services certificate will remain valid upon verification of the following: Participation in a performance-based system of evaluation and participation in 20 contact hours of professional development annually. The elementary or secondary school counselor, career continuous student services certificate holder is exempt from additional professional development if the holder has a local professional development plan in place with the school and meets at least two of the following: Ten years of state-approved school counselor experience or an educational specialist’s degree in school counseling and/or certification from a board-approved nationally recognized professional school counseling organization.

Montana (Five-year renewal certificate)
60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and graduate level credits equaling 60 OPI renewal units. One semester credit = 15 OPI renewal units; one quarter credit = 10 OPI renewal units; one hour of attendance at a workshop = one OPI renewal unit

Nebraska (Five-year renewal certificate))
Contact a department of education representative with an approved teacher/administrative education program for guidance in course choice before you start taking classes. Forward official transcripts that indicate completion of at least six semester hours of credit, within one year prior to the date of application for course work which fulfills some or all of the remaining program or endorsement requirements and which have been completed within one year prior to the date of application.

Nevada (Five-, six-, eight- and 10-year renewal certificate; no information available)

New Hampshire (Three-year renewal certificate) 
An accumulation of a minimum of 75 continuing education units documenting job-embedded or formal professional development addressing school or district improvement goal(s) and content areas or a combination of less than 75 continuing education units and evidence that together document job-embedded or formal professional development addressing the school or district improvement goal(s) and content areas. A minimum of 30 hours of the total hours required shall be devoted to approved professional development activity in each subject area and/or field of specialization, which shall include the knowledge requirements of Ed 512.02(g)(1) for which re-certification is sought

New Jersey (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Each active teacher shall be required to complete 100 clock hours of state-approved professional development every five years.

New Mexico (Five-year renewal certificate; no information available)

New York (Five-year renewal provisional certificate, lifetime permanent certificate)
Provisional: All applicants for certification must complete two clock hours of coursework or training in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and maltreatment, as required by Sections 3003(4) and 3004 of the Education Law. This training is available only from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department. Upon completion of the workshop, the provider will give you a Certification of Completion. This document should be attached to your application. (Photocopies are acceptable). All applicants for a certificate on or after Feb. 2, 2001, must complete two clock hours of coursework or training in school violence prevention and intervention, as required by section 3004 of the Education Law. Training in school violence prevention and intervention is available through registered teacher education programs at New York State colleges and universities, eight Coordinated School Health Network Centers (via certain BOCES), and other service providers approved by the State Education Department. Permanent: No continuing education requirement.

North Carolina (Five-year renewal provisional certificate)
10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit. Coursework must be directly related to an individual's area of licensure and/or professional responsibilities as a public school professional (e.g. classes in computers; reading; exceptional children; sign language; drug, alcohol or child abuse; CPR, first aid; classroom management; stress management; assertiveness training; effective teacher training; second languages; and AIDS education). A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system. Generally, a unit reflects 10 contact hours. One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.

North Dakota (Five-year renewal certificate)
All counselor credentials are renewed by submitting a copy of official transcripts documenting the completion of four semester hours of graduate coursework in education, of which two semester hours must be in the area of counseling. These two semester hours of required counseling coursework may be replaced by thirty clock-hours of continuing education hours in counseling with a signed verification of attendance or participation by the conference or workshop sponsor, the employer, or a school district business manager. The number of semester hours needed for renewal will be calculated on a one semester hour per year basis.

Ohio (Two- or five-year renewal certificates)
Holders of eight-year certificates issued before Sept. 1, 1998, who wish to transition to a five-year license must complete six semester hours of coursework or the equivalent as approved by the LPDC. Holders of a two-year provisional license who have not met the requirements for transition to the five-year professional license must complete three semester hours of coursework to renew that license. Holders of a five-year license must complete the equivalent of six semester hours of coursework for renewal. Each educator is responsible for the design of an individual professional development plan (IPDP) based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school and the school district, subject to approval of the LPDC. In accordance with the approved plan, the educator must complete six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or 18 continuing education units (CEUs) (180 contact hours) or other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching ad/or the area of licensure as approved by the LPDC of the employing school, district or agency since the issuance of the license to be renewed. Coursework, CEUs or other equivalent activities may be combined.

Oklahoma (No information available)

Oregon (Three- and five-year renewal certificates)
Educators will choose a CPD option in which at least one domain of professional competency is addressed. A completed five-year plan for renewal of a Standard or Continuing License consists of at least 125 PDUs. A completed three-year plan for renewal of a Basic License consists of a minimum of 75 PDUs. A plan may be segmented into a series of one-year plans to permit the educator and the district to annually review and update the plan. Once the plan is developed, it may be amended to reflect changes in an educator's assignments or goals. It will be the educator's responsibility to provide documentation to the supervisor or CPD advisor that the plan is completed and that the educator has analyzed the results and applied what has been done to enhance student learning.

Pennsylvania (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Act 48-1999 requires all education professionals to acquire 6 credits/180 hours/a combination of professional development hours/credits equivalent to 180 hours every 5 years to maintain an active certificate.

Rhode Island (Five-year renewal certificate) 
The professional certificate may be renewed every five years upon the successful completion of an I-Plan that has been approved by the I-Plan Review Panel. Requirements of I-Plan include 150 total hours, use of two professional development categories per goal and 20 hours per goal, with five hours per category per goal.

South Carolina (Five-year renewal certificate) 
A South Carolina educator's professional certificate is valid for five years and expires on June 30 of the expiration year. To be eligible for certificate renewal, the educator must earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits, as described in the renewal credit matrix, during the five year validity period of the certificate.

South Dakota (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Six semester hours or nine quarter hours from an accredited postsecondary institution; or (b) Six renewal credits approved by the department; or (c) Nine continuing education units (CEUs); or (d) A combination of the above equivalent to six semester hours. As of Oct. 1, 2005, a minimum of three of the required six renewal hours must be “college transcripted”. Renewal (DOE) credits in excess of three hours that were earned PRIOR to Jan. 1, 2004, will be accepted, however, all remaining hours must be college transcripted.

Tennessee (10-year renewal certificate) 
The Professional School Service Personnel License is issued for a 10-year period and may be renewed by meeting the requirements for a Professional Teacher License. A Professional Teacher License must be renewed every 10 years. All educators holding a Professional Teacher License based on a bachelors degree must earn 90 renewal points. All educators holding a Professional Teacher License based on a masters degree or higher who have not accrued five years of acceptable experience during the 10-year validity period of the license are also required to earn 90 renewal points. However, if the holder of a Professional Teacher License has a masters degree or higher and has accrued five years of acceptable experience during the 10-year validity period of the license, no renewal points will be required, only verification of that experience. Renewal points may be earned in a variety of ways. For example: An educator may choose to earn coursework (one semester hou r= 15 points ), CEUs (one CEU = 10 points), or participate in pre-approved professional development activities (Participant: one hour = one point or leader/rresenter: one hour = 3 points, if new presentation). Activities cannot be part of the state funded inservice days and cannot be conducted during days and/or hours for which educators are already being paid by local education agencies.

Texas (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Holders of the Standard School Counselor Certificate must complete 200 clock hours of continuing professional education every five years. Counselors are encouraged to complete a minimum of 40 clock hours of CPE each year of the renewal period. One semester hour of credit earned at an accredited institution of higher education is equivalent to 15 CPE clock hours. Note: Only those professional education activities from approved registered providers will be accepted for renewal purposes. Types of acceptable Continuing Professional Education (CPE) activities include: Participation in institutes, workshops, seminars, conferences, inservice or staff development that are related to or enhance the professional knowledge and skills of the educator; completion of undergraduate courses in the content area knowledge and skills related to the certificate being renewed;  graduate courses or training programs taken through an accredited institution of higher education; participation in interactive distance learning, video conferencing or online activities or conferences; independent study, not to exceed 20 percent of the required clock hours, which may include self-study of relevant professional materials (books, journals, periodicals, video/audio tapes, computer software and online information) or authoring a published work; development of curriculum or CPE training materials; serving as an assessor (does not include the required annual evaluation of the principal) for the principal assessment process [TAC 241.35], not to exceed 10 percent of the required clock hours; teaching or presenting a CPE activity, not to exceed 10 percent of the required clock hours; and/or providing professional guidance as a mentor educator, not to exceed 30 percent of the required clock hours.

Utah (Three-, five- or seven-year renewal certificates)
Level 1 license holder with one year licensed educator experience in a Utah public or accredited private school within a three-year period: (1) An active educator shall earn at least 75 license points in each three year period; and (2) any years taught shall have satisfactory evaluation(s). Level 2 license holder: (1) An active educator shall earn at least 95 license points within each five year period. License points shall be earned in activities defined under this rule that contribute to competence, performance, and effectiveness in the education profession. Level 3 license holder with National Board Certification shall meet the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) requirements consistent with the NBPTS schedule available from the USOE Educator Licensure Section. A Level 3 license holder shall be responsible to provide verification of NBPTS status prior to the license holder's designated renewal date. (2) A Level 3 license holder with a doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in education or in a field related to a content area in a unit of the public education system and shall meet the active or inactive educator Level 2 license holder requirements within a seven year period. (3) An educator seeking a Level 3 license shall notify the USOE of completion of Level 3 license requirements. Level 3 license criteria apply to the license holder as of the license holder's renewal date following the notification to the USOE.

Vermont (Five- and seven-year renewal certificates) 
To renew a Level I license, you are required to document three professional development credits/endorsement. All three credits must apply directly to the performance and knowledge standards of your endorsement. To renew a level II license, you are required to submit an individual professional development plan and document nine professional development credits/endorsement. Three of those credits need to apply directly to the performance and knowledge standards of your endorsement. The remaining six must fall within the Five Standards for Vermont Educators.

Virginia (Five-year renewal certificate) 
Each license holder is required to document the accrual of 180 professional development points during a five-year validity period. Points for renewal will be based upon activities drawn from the following 10 options: College credits (180 maximum),  professional conference (45), peer observation (45), educational travel (45), curriculum development (90), publication of article (90), publication of books (90), mentorship/supervision (90), education project (90), professional development (180)

Washington (Five-year renewal certificate)
Each holder of a continuing certificate affected by this chapter shall be required to complete, during a five-year period, 150 continuing education credit hours, as defined in WAC 181-85-025 and 181-85-030, prior to the lapse date of the first issue of the continuing certificate and during each five-year period between subsequent lapse dates as calculated in WAC 181-85-100. (2) Provided, that each holder of a continuing or a standard certificate affected by this chapter may present a copy of a valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in lieu of the completion of the continuing education credit hours required by this chapter.

West Virginia (Five-year renewal certificate)
Professional Teaching Certificates/Student Services Certificates can be renewed using one of three different options: 1) six semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution on higher education; 2) the certificate being renewed reflects an advanced salary classification of MA +30 of higher; or 3) the applicant has reached age 60.

Wisconsin (Five-year renewal certificate) 
School counselors are required to obtain continuing education credits as required by other pupil services professionals, school teachers and administrators. Renewal of a regular five-year license is contingent upon the completion of a continuing professional growth requirement of six semester credits, 180 equivalency clock hours or a combination of the two. Undergraduate or graduate level courses taken at accredited baccalaureate or graduate degree granting colleges or universities are acceptable for the renewal of the five-year license. Wisconsin Technical College System Schools are not baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions; therefore, credits taken through courses offered at these institutions are not acceptable for license renewal under the semester credit option but may be used as equivalency clock hours.

Wyoming (Five-year renewal certificate) 
In Wyoming counselors are required to complete five hours in five years. There is currently no stipulation as to where or what hours are needed. The hours must be from an accredited college or university or state-approved workshops.