Don't Wait! Renew Your Credential
In every state, teachers must renew their teaching certificates before their current license expires. It is the responsibility of the educator to determine which workshops or training meet the requirements for standard certificate renewal. This requirement exists to make sure educators keep up with the latest in training to stay abreast of changing techniques and standards.
School systems provide professional development opportunities that meet renewal requirements. These learning units have many different names depending on the district: CPE (Continue Professional Education), PLU (Professional Learning Units), CEU (Continuing Education Units) just to name a few. Check your state’s link below to determine the courses offered in your area.
In addition to school supported professional development for certification renewal, most systems accept college credit as well. If you’re working towards a Master’s degree, these courses should count towards the hours you need, but check to make sure.
A word of advice:
Don’t wait until the last minute to take the courses you need for renewal. The application process for a new certificate takes time. It must be submitted well in advance to make sure your teaching contract will be renewed in a timely manner. Many districts will not offer contracts unless your certification has been renewed properly. Don’t interrupt your employment by forgetting the renew on time!
Click here to search for continuing education units online