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Teacher Certification

Initial/Initial Renewal

These options are available if you hold or have held an Initial Certificate:

If your Initial Certificate has expired, here are your options: Residency Certificate, Substitute Certificate, Renewal, Continuing


Apply for a Continuing Teaching Certificate (valid for five year periods)


After 9/1/00 teachers must hold a valid initial teaching certificate to apply for the continuing certificate.  If your Initial certificate has expired (but you met requirements for the Continuing before expiration) you can apply late (with a $100 late fee). If you did not meet requirements before expiration, see Conversion to Residency Certificate.

  • Must have a master's degree from an accredited college/university OR 45 quarter hours (30 semester hours) of upper division or graduate-level postbaccalaureate study (coursework at the 100 level is allowed when used to obtain an endorsement).
  • 180 days of teaching experience, 30 days of which must be in one school district.  Substitute teaching, out-of-state teaching, and teaching in more than one district is acceptable.
  • Issues of Abuse. The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

If you are eligible for the initial teacher renewal or continuing teacher certificate, please contact Professional Certification for a paper application.

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.


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