Teacher License & Certification Renewal

Earning Graduate Credits

Graduate credits earned through Credits for Teachers’ professional development courses are widely accepted by state departments for teacher license renewal. Each state has its own requirements concerning the license renewal process and the types of continuing education credits that are required. We suggest you refer to your respective state department for specific certification renewal information. We’ve listed links below for your convenience.

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Teacher License and Certification Renewal Information By State

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your teacher certification has expired, go to your state’s department of education website and follow the directions to recertify. You will want to do this as soon as possible as it can take the Department of Education several weeks to process the recertification.
The frequency of how often you need to renew your certification depends on the state in which you teach. Make sure to go to your state’s department of education website to check how often you need to recertify.
Yes, teaching certifications expire! You can see when your certification expires by looking at your certificate or license and finding the expiration month and year. Once you find the month and year, make sure to start the recertification process 4-6 months ahead of time to allow for enough time for the new license to be processed by the Department of Education.
The hours of professional development needed to renew a certificate or license depends on the state in which you teach. Make sure to go to your state’s Department of Education website to check how many hours of professional development you need to recertify.

The cost to renew a certificate or license depends on the state in which you teach. Make sure to go to your state’s department of education website to check how much it costs to recertify.