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Continuing

This application is for those educators who are renewing their Continuing Certificate through the completion of 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or Professional Growth Plans (PGP)s .

Requirements

  • Must complete 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or PGPs or a combination of any of the three options
    OR
  • Submit a valid National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Certificate. The National Board Certificate must be renewed prior to applying for renewal of your teaching certificate.
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

Reinstatement of an expired Continuing Certificate: 100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for renewal.

NOTE: Educators applying to reinstate an expired certificate must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents to the Certification Office for review with their application.

CLOCK HOUR NOTE: Further clock hours earned will not start counting towards a following renewal until the next certificate's effective date.

STEM NOTE: Continuing Certificate renewal applicants with; specific endorsement areas, submitting after 9/1/2019, must complete the STEM requirements as part of their renewal clock hours.

National Boards NOTE: Educators who hold a valid National Boards Certificate may submit that certificate in order to renew or reinstate their certificate.

Clock hour equivalents are allowed as follows: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
Template Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal

Form 1128-8: Use this form to document completion of a Professional Growth Plan and submit to your school district to claim clock hours and to the Certification Office if you are submitting an application for renewal or reinstatement of an EXPIRED certificate.

For PGP information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board.

Educator Clock Hour Information

NOTE: If a teacher has not met the requirements to reinstate their certificate with clock hours or equivalents, they may be eligible for a Transitional Teacher Certificate.

Apply

If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.