State Requirements

Read on to learn more about your state’s professional development and renewal requirements for educators. Please confirm with your specific school district as this information is subject to change.

Alabama

Combination of credits or experience, & fifty (50) clock hours or allowable professional development every five (5) years.

To address the teacher an individual who holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate, Professional Leadership Certificate, OR a renewable Career and Technical Education Certificate that expires no later than June 30, 2024, may use a ONE-TIME OPTION to continue their certificate without meeting any academic (experience, professional development, coursework, PLU, etc.) requirements.

See the Alabama State Department of Education website for details.

Six (6) pre-approved non-academic credits (fifteen (15) hours at a single institution or workshop per credit) or six (6) semester hours from an accredited university, every six (6) years.

See the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development website for details.

Variety of professional learning activities qualify, including but not limited to school-sponsored professional development and a maximum of thirty (30) hours of related professional conferenced or workshops.

A six (6) year certificate requires ninety (90) professional development hours. An eight (8) year certificate requires one hundred and twenty (120) professional development hours. A twelve (12) year certificate requires one hundred and eighty (180) professional development hours.

See the Arizona Department of Education website for details.

A five (5) year certificate requires one hundred and eighty (180) professional development hours, at thirty-six (36) clock hours per year.

See the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website for details.

Renewal requirements are specific requirements associated with an educator's Preliminary, Level I or Level II credential.

See the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and login to your CTC Online Educator Account to view your renewal requirements.

Six (6) Semester hours or ninety (90) clock hours every seven (7) years. While professional development must generally align with a teacher’s endorsement area, note that certain areas of teaching have more specific requirements.

See the Colorado Department of Education website for details.

Eighteen (18) clock hours of professional development annually, offered by schools.

See the Connecticut Government website for details.

One hundred and twenty (120) clock hours of professional development or eight semester hours, or a combination thereof (one semester hour = fifteen (15) clock hours), every four years. Sixty clock hours must be directly related to the credentials being renewed. For any additional credentials, the educator must complete an additional forty-five (45) clock hours of professional development related to the subject matter for that additional credential.

See the Office of the State Superintendent of Education website for details.

Ninety (90) clock hours completed every five years, with forty-five (45) hours relating to the educator’s work with students or staff.

See the Delaware Department of Education website for details.

Six (6) semester hours of college-level credit, including one (1) credit in teaching students with disabilities, every five (5) years. College-level credit equivalencies are also available.

See the Florida Department of Education website for details.

Six (6) semester hours of approved college credit, or ten (10) Georgia Professional Learning Units, or ten (1) CEUs from an authorized provider of IACET training, every five (5) years.

See the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website for details.

Teachers are required to document how they have met teacher performance standards, which includes submitting evidence of participation in professional learning, every five (5) years.

See State of Hawai’i, Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board website for details.

Six (6) professional development credits every five (5) years by teachers and pupil service staff. At least three (3) credits must be college or university-level, and up to three (3) credits (one (1) credit = fifteen (15) instructional hours) may be earned through professional development approved by an in-service form signed by an Idaho school administrator. All credits must be tied to the content area of the teacher’s endorsement.

See Idaho State Department of Education website for details.

Teachers and school support service personnel must complete one hundred twenty (120) hours of professional development every five (5) years. Must be provided by an Illinois college or university, Illinois school or accredited provider.

See the Illinois State Board of Education for details.

Six (6) semester hours from a locally accredited institution, or submission of a Professional Growth Plan, which includes 90 points for a five (5) or ten (10) year license or renewal of a two (2) year initial practitioner license for a third time. Forty-six (46) points for conversion of a two (2) year initial practitioner license to a five (5) year practitioner license. Points accumulated through, among other things, attending professional learning courses.

Please see the Indiana Department of Education website for details.

Multiple types of teaching licenses issued, each with their own certification and renewal requirements. This includes a standard, master, professional administrator, or professional service license. A standard license requires six (6) renewal credits and the others each require four (4). An Individual Professional Development Plan can account for one half (1/2) of the renewal credits for a particular license type. Course work must be by an Iowa approved provided or nationally accredited college or university.

Please see the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website for details.

Teachers, School Specialists and School Leadership are required to submit a renewal application every five years. There are different requirements based upon a number of factors including but not limited to whether the teacher has a bachelor’s degree, undergraduate degree, is retired or seeks a substitute renewal. Requirements may include Kansas Professional Leadership Points, college credits, accredited experience.

See the Kansas State Department of Education website for details.

Completion of three years of classroom teaching or six (6) college semester hours, within each five (5) year renewal period. According to KRS 158.070, each Board of Education will use four (4) days of the minimum school term for professional development.

See the Kentucky State Department of Education website for details.

One hundred and fifty (150) district-approved and verified continuing learning units every five (5) years for lapsed Level II and Level III certificates.

See the Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel on the Louisiana Division of Administration website for details.

Six (6) semester or ninety (90) contact hours of professional or academic study or in-service hours to every five (5) years, or every ten (10) years if the teacher has attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Educational Technicians require three (3) semester or forty-five (45) contact hours every five (5) years.

See the Maine Department of Education website for details.

Teachers employed by a Maryland pubic school must work directly with their school to renew their license every five (5) years. Otherwise, teachers are required to obtain six (6) semester hours of college credit or other authorized professional learning activities every five (5) years.

See the Maryland State Department of Education website for details.

There are multiple license types available. Professional licenses are renewable every five (5) years and require educators to complete one hundred and fifty (150) Professional Development Points (PPDs) for their primary area of licensure and an additional thirty PDPs for each additional license. Activities must correspond with an Individual Professional Development Plan and fulfill certain content areas.

See the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website for details.

Six (6) semester hours at college or university, or 150 clock hours of either Michigan District Provided Professional Development or State Continuing Education Clock Hours, or a combination of any of these forms of professional learning every five years to renew an existing license.

See the Michigan Department of Education website for details.

Tier 3 or Tier 4 teachers must obtain seventy-five (75) or one hundred and twenty-five (125) clock hours of locally-approved education, respectively, every five years. In some instances, National Board Certification can be used in lieu of clock hours. An Administrator License requires one hundred and twenty-five (125) clock hours of pre-approved education every five (5) years.

See the Minnesota State website for details.

Teacher and administrator licenses must be renewed every five (5) years with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or college coursework or by completion of the National Board process earned during the validity period of the license. Specific requirements differ based upon the type of license. CEUs must be obtained through an accredited CEU granting agency. Any Continuing Education Office at a college, university, or community/junior college is an accredited CEU granting agency.

See the Mississippi Department of Education website for details.

A number of different license-types have various renewal requirements, some of which include required annual professional development hours ranging from fifteen (15) to thirty (30) hour per year.

See the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website for details.

With the exception of Class 5, 7 and 8 licenses, educators are required to obtain sixty (60) Office of Public Instruction (“OPI”) renewal units (approved professional development hours), or college or university credits, or a combination thereof every five (5) years. One semester credit equates to fifteen (15) professional development hours and one quarter credit equates to ten (10) professional development hours.

See the Montana Office of Public Instruction website for details.

There are a variety of license types available. An Initial Teaching Certificate is valid for five (5) years, by which time a teacher must complete either six (6) semester hours of college credit at an approved Nebraska institution, or uninterrupted teaching experience with a Nebraska school.

See the Nebraska Department of Education website for details.

Standard or Professional Licenses available with differing renewal periods, requiring fifteen (15) clock hours of professional development or the equivalent of in-service training, annually.

See the State of Nevada Department of Education website for details.

Requirements vary by school district that has a Professional Development Master Plan, Superintendents, Teachers outside of NH and those with expired licenses. Otherwise, Teachers, Instructional Specialists, Educational Specialists, and Administrators are required to complete (1) forty-five (45) clock hours of professional development (CEU’s) for a Beginning or Experienced Educator License every three years; and (2) thirty (30) CEU’s for each endorsement issued the entire three (3) year cycle. Endorsements issued mid-cycle can be pro-rated: twenty (20) CEU's for two (2) years, ten (10) CEU's for one (1) year, zero (0) CEU's if issued after January 1st of the expiration year.

See the New Hampshire Department of Education website for details.

Twenty hours of qualifying professional development experiences required each year.

See N.J.A.C. 6A:9C, Professional Development for details.

Employs a three-tier licensing system. To upgrade a Level I license to Level II, teachers are required to submit a Professional Development Dossier outlining various classroom activities. To upgrade from a Level II to a Level III license, teachers are required to either obtain a Master’s degree in education and submit a PDD, or become Nationally Board Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

See the New Mexico Public Education Department website for details.

One hundred (100) New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader (CTLE) credits are required every five (5) years, except by those who only hold permanent certificates, or are registered - inactive. We are a NYS certified CTLE provider.  

See the New York State Department of Education website for details.

Eight (8) CEUs or eighty (80) clock-hours of professional development, certified by a Local Educational Agency, every five (5) years. Course requirements also differ by grade / role.

See the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website for details.

There are a number of license types available. Educators who hold a five (5) year license are required to complete six (6) semester hours of college coursework related to education and/or what the educator is licensed to teach.

See the North Dakota website and login to your ND Teach Account for details.

There are a number of license types available. Six (6) semester hours or one hundred and eighty (180) continuing education contact hours (18 CEUs) every five years for a Professional, Advanced or Associate license. An educator’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) is subject to the approval of the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC). 

See the Ohio Department of Education website for details.

Certain professional development is mandated annually, depending upon the educator’s role.

See the Oklahoma State Department of Education website for details.

There are no state-level professional development renewal requirements. However, educators must still complete professional development as directed by their employer.

See the Oregon Department of Education website for details.

Every five (5) years, educators are required to complete six (6) college credits, six (6) professional development credits, or one hundred and eighty (180) hours of continuing education programs, activities or learning experiences, or any combination of above.

See the Pennsylvania Department of Education website for details.

Initial Three-Year Certificate holders must complete seventy-five (75) Professional Learning Units (PLUs) to advance to a Professional Five-Year Certificate. Those who hold Five-Year certificates must complete fifteen (15) credits annually, which equates to forty-five (45) PLUs every five (5) years, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. PLUs may be approved by Local Educational Agencies.

See the Rhode Island State Department of Education website for details.

Educators are required to complete one hundred and twenty (120) renewal credits, every five (5) years. As part of these credits, educators may also need to meet Read to Succeed (R2S) endorsement requirements and Jason Flatt Act suicide awareness training requirements. Credits may comprise professional development hours approved by a Local Educational Agency.

See the South Carolina Department of Education website for details.

There are a number of different licenses available, which have different renewal requirements. Generally, teacher, administrator and education specialist licenses require six (6) continuing education, or college or university semester hours, or a combination thereof, every five (5) years. All license types also require completion of a Local Educational Agency-approved Suicide Prevention and Awareness training course.

See the South Dakota Department of Education website for details.

There are a number of different license-types available with different renewal requirements and timeframes. Most educators hold a Professional License, which requires renewal every seven (7) years with sixty (60) professional development points (PDPs). Employees of Tennessee public or private school must have PDPs approved by their district. PDPs will be approved by the office of educator licensure and preparation (OELP) for those not employed by a Tennessee school. Additionally, the Literacy Success Act mandates that certain teachers complete a foundational literacy skills course.

See the Tennessee Department of Education website for details. See also the Educator Licensure Policy 5.502; Literacy Success Act Training and Licensure Requirements.

Standard certificate holders are required to complete one hundred and fifty (150) clock hours of CPE every five (5) years. Administrator certificate holders are required to complete two hundred (200) clock hours of CPE every five (5) years.  Superintendents are required to complete two and a half (2.5) clock hours of CPE every five (5) years regarding identifying and reporting potential victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other maltreatment of children, in accordance with TEC, §21.054(h).

See the Texas Education Agency website for details.

Educators are required to complete certain state-mandated courses, some of which depend upon license type. Professional and Associate Educator Licenses require a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of professional learning activity. LEA-Specific Educator Licenses require completion of sixty (60) hours of professional learning activity.

See the Utah State Board of Education website for details.

For educators renewing a three (5) year Level I license, each endorsement is required to have three (3) credits (or forty-five (45) hours of new professional learning. At least one credit (or fifteen (15) hours) of new learning must apply to the knowledge and performance standards of the endorsement to be renewed. The remaining must fall within the core teaching and leadership standards for Vermont educators

For educators renewing a five (5) year Level II license, each endorsement is required to have six (6) credits or ninety (90) hours of new professional learning. At least two (2) credits (or thirty (30) hours) of new learning must apply to the knowledge and performance standards of the endorsement to be renewed. The remaining must fall within the core teaching and leadership standards for Vermont educators

See the State of Vermont Agency of Education website for details.

The Division Superintendent, Postgraduate Professional, Collegiate Professional, Technical Professional, Pupil Personnel Services, Online Teacher, and School Manager Licenses may be renewed upon the completion of two hundred and seventy (270) professional development points within a ten (10) year validity period based on an individualized professional development plan that includes ongoing, sustained, and high-quality professional development. Individuals renewing a five (5) year renewable license must complete one hundred and eighty (180) professional development points. This includes attendance at workshops and professional development courses. Certain coursework may be required, depending upon endorsement area. See 8VAC20-23-110. Requirements for renewing a license.

See the Virginia Department of Education website for details.

There are a variety of educator licenses with different renewal requirements and timeframes. The Professional Certificate requires completion one hundred (100) clock hours from an approved agency, or equivalent college credits, or Professional Growth Plans (PGP) every five years, or a valid National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Certificate. Renewal applications must include fifteen (15) clock hours, or at least one goal from an PGP, with an emphasis on STEM integration

 See Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website for details.

Five (5) Year Professional Certificates available with a three (3) year renewal, which requires six (6) semester hours or WVDE-eligible e-learning credits, or a qualifying degree, or qualifying educational requirement. A one (1) year renewal requires three (3) semester hours or WVDE eligible e-learning credits, or a qualifying degree, or qualifying educational requirement. They also require a recommendation by the local superintendent, most recent supervisor, employer or community leader. Permanent Professional Teaching Certificates require additional license duration and educational requirements.

See the West Virginia Department of Education website for details.

There are a number of different license types available in Wisconsin, and requirements vary according to license type.

See the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website for details.

All Wyoming educators are required to complete Professional Development/Renewal Credits in order to renew a license or permit. Renewal requirements vary depending on the type of license or permit an applicant holds, and are listed on the reverse side of the license or permit itself. For most teaching & administrative fields, five (5) Professional Development/Renewal Credits or seventy five (75) contact hours will be required to renew. Credits must be approved the Professional Teaching Standards Board, by submitting a request.

See the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board website for details.