Teaching & Pupil Personnel

Progression from Initial to Professional Certification

    • Initial Certification is valid for five years. Check your TEACH account for the exact expiration date of your initial certification.

    • Within the five years, you must complete certain requirements. General information is listed on the following chart. 
This table lists general requirements you must meet within the five years of Initial Certification

Time Extension/Initial Reissuance

  • If you will not have the requirements completed for professional certification by the expiration date of your initial certification, you may need to apply for a time extension or a reissuance. Prior to applying, it is suggested that you read the requirements carefully:

Maintaining Professional Certification

  • Once a Professional certification has issued, you must maintain this certification by doing 100 CTLE (Continuing Teacher and Leader Education) hours every 5 years.

    • You can find your CTLE cycle dates listed in your TEACH account.

    • CTLE must be taken by an approved CTLE sponsor.

    • Keep track of all activities on this log and keep all certificates of completion. At the end of the 5 year cycle, you will have to login to your TEACH account and attest that you completed these hours and it is possible that you could be audited.

    • You can read more about the CTLE guidelines here.


Additional Areas of Certification

Individual Evaluation for Certification

    • If you have not completed an Approved Teacher Preparation program but would like to get your transcripts evaluated for a certification, there is an option to apply for certification through Individual Evaluation pathway. You can Search Certification Requirements for your specific certificate title to see if this option is available.