Educator Professional Growth and Development

Professional licensure for educators is not a single event. Teachers and school leaders are required to renew their certifications and licenses over the course of their careers. State-level policies govern the frequency and processes for maintaining licensure as a practicing educator.

In order for administrators to renew their certificate, they must complete Continuing Education Units.

Alabama follows 12 standards for professional development.

Administrators need six semester hours of college credit are to renew a certificate. At least three hours must be upper-division or graduate credit. Three continuing education credits may be substituted for three of the required hours. See other information about license renewal at the link provided.

Alaska has not adopted any professional development standards.

180 clock hours of professional development are required, as well as other requirements outlined in R7-2-619, in order to renew an administrator certificate.

Arizona follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

In order to renew an administration certificate, 60 hours of professional development per year is required.

Arkansas follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Professional development hours are not required to renew a certificate. Regulations surrounding educator certification are linked.

California follows seven professional learning standards of data, content and pedagogy, equity, design and structure, collaboration and shared accountability, resources, and alignment and coherence.

90 hours of professional development, or 6 semester hours of coursework is required for administrator licensure renewal. All details are outlined in 2260.5-R-12.00 Renewal of Colorado Licenses.

Colorado has not adopted any professional development standards.

Professional development hours are not required for renewal of a certificate. Requirements are outlined in linked document.

Connecticut follows The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards which include five Professional Development Propositions.

90 clock hours of professional development is required for administrator licensure renewal.

Delaware follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

200 contact hours of professional development activities are required to renew an administrator certificate.

The District of Colombia has not adopted any professional development standards.

For an administrator licensure to be renewed, 6 semester hours of professional development is required.

Florida follows the 4 main standards of planning, learning, implementing, and evaluating that follow the Learning Forward standards.

In order to renew an administrator certificate, applicants must complete 6 semester hours of coursework or 10 credits of Georgia Professional Learning Units.

Georgia has not adopted any professional development standards.

90 hours of professional development activities are required to renew an administrative certificate.

Guam has not adopted any professional development standards.

There are no specific requirements except for submitting a renewal application before expiration.

Hawaii has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators are required to complete at least 6 semester hours of coursework over 5 years in order to renew their license.

Idaho has not adopted any professional development standards.

In order to renew an administrator license, applicants must complete 120 hours of professional development over 5 years.

Illinois has not adopted any professional development standards.

6 credit hours of college-level course work is required in order to renew an administrative license.

Indiana has not adopted any professional development standards.

In order to renew an administrative license, applicants must have completed the evaluator endorsement requirements.

Districts in Iowa are required to have a professional development program that includes components of instruction, evaluation, and meets the needs of individual educators.

Administrators must complete professional development hours in a variety of ways, as outlined in 91-1-205, in order to renew their certificate.

The Kansas State Board of Education adopted thirteen standards along with indicators for professional development.

In order to renew an administrative certificate for the first time, a recommendation from the approved recommending authority regarding completion of an approved level II program is required.

Kentucky follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators must meet the standards of effectiveness for at least 3 years during a 5 year period.

Louisiana has not adopted professional development standards, but they outlined components to effective professional development.

As outlined in section 8, administrators are required to prove completion of 6 credits of approved study.

The Department of Education sets the requirements and measures for professional growth

Renewing an administrative certificate is like applying for an initial certificate.

The Mariana Islands has not adopted any professional development standards.

Professional development hours are only required for those that are renewing a license that have not been teaching for the past 5 years.

Maryland has adopted 9 standards for professional development: content knowledge and quality teaching, research-based, collaboration, diverse learning needs, student learning environments, family involvement, data-driven, evaluation, and design and teacher learning.

Administrators must complete 150 professional development points to renew their license.

Massachusetts has adopted ten standards for professional development.

150 hours or 6 credit hours of professional development are required in order to renew an administrative certificate.

Michigan follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

As listed in the License Renewal Instructions and Registration Guide,125 hours of administrative and supervisory professional development credits are required for renewal.

Minnesota has not adopted any professional development standards.

In Mississippi, there are many routes to re-certification of an administrative license.

Mississippi follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators must create a professional development plan that includes 30 contact hours.

Missouri has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators must complete 60 renewal units during the course of the active license.

Montana has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators need to complete 6 pre-approved graduate credits to renew their licenses as noted in Section 004.

Nebraska has not adopted any professional development standards.

Educators are required to have 6 credits of professional development to renew a license

Nevada has not adopted any professional development standards.

Educators are required to get a minimum of 75 hours of professional development, and 30 additional hours for every additional endorsement they hold.

New Hampshire has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators must also complete a professional development plan

New Jersey has adopted 7 standards for professional learning: learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators do not need to complete courses; however, they are required to complete a professional development dossier

Teachers are required to submit a professional development dossier that includes evidence of competency in order to advance in terms of level of certificate.

Educators with a professional certification must complete 175 hours of professional development every five years to keep the certificate valid.

New York has adopted 10 standards for professional development: designing professional development, content knowledge and quality teaching, research-based professional learning, collaboration, diverse learning, student learning environments, parent, family and community engagement, data-driven professional practice, technology, and evaluation.

In order to renew a license, administrators are required to complete 15 units of renewal credit. Ways to earn this credit are outlined in the policy.

North Carolina follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Educators must complete 4 semester hours of reeducation credit to renew their license

North Dakota follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Educators with a five year certificate need to complete 6 semester hours or 18 CEUs in order to renew their license

The Ohio State Board of Education adopted 7 standards for professional development.

Professional development is not required for the renewal of a license.

Oklahoma has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators with a standard 5-year professional license must complete 125 hours of professional development in order to renew their license.

Oregon has not adopted any professional development standards.

Educators in Pennsylvania must complete 180 hours of professional development in order to renew their license.

Pennsylvania has not adopted any professional development standards.

Professional development or contact hours are required for license renewal.

Puerto Rico has not adopted any professional development standards.

Renewal is based on previous levels of effectiveness from the educator evaluation system.

Rhode Island has not adopted any professional development standards.

Educators must earn 120 credits over 5 years in order to renew their licenses. Additionally, educators working in middle or high school settings must complete youth suicide prevention training to be in compliance with the Jason Flatt Act.

The South Carolina Department of Education is required to adopt standards for professional development.

South Dakota has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators are required to acquire 60 professional development points.

Tennessee has adopted 7 standards for professional learning: learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators and those with professional certificates must complete 200 hours of professional development in order to renew their certificates

Texas has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators have to acquire 200 license renewal points over a 5 or 7 year span depending on their license level.

The Utah State Legislature approved 8 standards of professional learning.

In order to renew a license, administrators must complete professional learning activities through a minimum of 6 credit hours or 90 clock hours.

Vermont follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators must complete six credits or 14 hours of professional development, along with submitting evidence of initiatives taken and successes of students and faculty members supported by the administrator in order to renew their license.

The Virgin Islands has not adopted any professional development standards.

Administrators must complete 180 professional development points in order to renew their license.

The Virginia Department of Education has not adopted professional development standards, but they have outlined characteristics of high-quality professional development.

Administrators must complete 150 approved clock hours of continuing education study and/or equivalent academic credit every five years to renew their license

Washington has not adopted any professional development standards.

Educators must acquire six semester hours of credit in the five years immediately preceding the renewal of a license in order to renew it. Additionally, they may be required to take specific courses depending on their area of certification.

West Virginia follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Administrators must complete a professional development plan in order to renew a license.

Wisconsin has not adopted any professional development standards.

5 semester hours of college credit or 75 contact hours of professional development is required for certificate renewal.

Wyoming has not adopted any professional development standards.