Training and Professional Development For Educators

Courses thought by experienced educators for teachers re-certification and salary advancement.

Check with your state certification agency for up-to-date teacher certification renewal/continuing education requirements.

By earning additional academic units through accredited universities, teachers can easily move up the salary scale without having to return to school for an expensive and time-consuming higher education degree.

School districts across the country provide varying scales for teacher salary based on the number of years an individual has taught, as well as participation in graduate-level professional development.


A total of six semester hours of credit are required for renewal of a 5-year certificate. Up to three CEUs may be used to renew a 5-year certificate. CEUs will count as lower-division credits toward the renewal of a 5-year certificate. Three upper-division or graduate level credits are required for renewal.

One continuing education unit (CEU) may be awarded for a minimum of 15 contact hours at a single activity sponsored by:

  1. A regionally accredited institution of higher education, or
  2. An organization that has been approved to grant CEUs by the national or state organization that represents the field, or
  3. An Alaska public school district or
  4. The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

Renewing Standard Certificates

Provisional Teaching Certificate is valid for three years and must be converted to a six-year Standard Teaching Certificate at least two months prior to it expiring.

Renewable certificates may be renewed with proof of 15 clock hours of professional development activities for each year of the certificate term. One semester hour of college coursework is equivalent to 15 clock hours of professional development activities. The clock hours or semester hours may be completed in various increments per year.

Professional development must relate to Arizona academic or professional educator standards or apply toward the attainment of an additional Arizona certificate, endorsement or approved area, and may include training regarding suicide awareness and prevention; child abuse, human trafficking of children, and the sexual abuse of children, including warning signs that a child may be a victim of child abuse, human trafficking, or sexual abuses; screening, intervention, accommodation, use of technology and advocacy for students with reading impairments, including dyslexia; college and career readiness; or other training programs explicitly permitted by state law.

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires teachers to complete 6 semester hours of college credit or 90 clock hours of professional development training to renew an expired teaching certification.Colorado Department of Education

Offering Professional Development, Training or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CDE no longer pre-approves CEUs, training or professional development workshops, conferences or inservices. The entity that holds the professional development/training/inservice can issue a certificate or letter that specifically states the following and we would accept it for renewal credit if it is applicable to the educator’s license:

  • applicant’s name
  • date of the workshop, conference or inservice
  • name of the workshop, conference or inservice
  • contact/clock hours earned
  • representative’s signature

Colorado Ongoing Professional Development
Summary Report PDF

The Florida Department of Education requires 6 semester hours of college credit to include at least 1 semester hour in teaching students with disabilities during each renewal period. The Florida Department of Education has guidelines concerning acceptable college credit equivalencies for Renewal, including guidelines for obtaining an approval on the website.

Acceptable College Credit Equivalencies for Renewal that apply to Model Teaching Courses:

  • College-level credits used for certificate renewal must be awarded by an accredited or approved institution, or the American Council on Education (ACE), and must be reflected on an official transcript.
    Regional Accrediting Associations Acceptable According to Florida Department of Education

Certificate renewal requirements are determined by the type of certificate and, in some cases, the year in which the certificate expires. Click to see renewal requirements for each certificate type. 

The ADRA offers College Credit Courses and IACET CEUs. Upon course, completion students are eligible for an American Council on Education Transcripts or an IACET Credit Certificate.

Michigan teachers need 150 professional development hours during the 3-5 year period for certificate renewal or progression or Six (6) semester credit hours appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate earned from a college or university that is regionally accredited.

Michigan teachers can use IACET programs for their SCECH renewal hours. Upon completion of the coursework, teachers will receive certificates that have the IACET logo and CEUs. SCECH sponsors will change IACET hours to SCECHs and add the hours to their professional development accounts.

For more information, here is a great link from the Michigan Department of Education on Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal.

Renewal and Reinstatement Requirements Total 8 CEUs or 80 Clock Hours of Professional Development

*As a condition of employment per NC State Board of Education Policy LICN-005 employing school systems reserve the right to assign literacy requirements for any educator.

*Renewal requirements are subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates.

The Board of Regents, at its March 2016 meeting adopted a new Subpart 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to implement Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 relating to the registration process for any holder of a classroom teaching, school leader, and teaching assistant certificate that is valid for life (Permanent, Professional and Level III Teaching Assistant) and the establishment of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements for Professional and Level III Teaching Assistant certificate holders.

Act 48 of 1999 requires all Pennsylvania educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification (including Instructional I and II, Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility, and all vocational certificates) to participate in ongoing professional education.

All certified educators must complete 180 hours of professional development every five years. The 180-hour requirement can be met with: six college credits; six credits of continuing professional education courses; 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences; or any combination of collegiate studies, continuing professional education courses, or other programs, activities or learning experiences equivalent to 180 clock hours. For the purposes of calculating hours and credits, one semester credit of collegiate study or continuing professional education coursework is equivalent to 30 hours of professional development, and one quarter semester credit of collegiate study is equivalent to 20 hours of professional development.

Teachers can earn 120 renewal credits every 5 years. 1 hour = 1 renewal credit.

  • The Academy’s courses fall under 2 options: IACET or Professional Training.
  • The ADRA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Renewal Credit Matrix – Certificate Renewal Plan
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License Level II

For educators renewing a seven-year Level II  license, each endorsement is required to have nine credits (or 135 hours) of new professional learning. At least three credits (or 45 hours) of new learning must apply directly to the knowledge and performance standards of the endorsement to be renewed.

The remaining six credits need to fall within the Core Teaching and Leadership Standards for Vermont Educators.

For educators renewing a five-year Level II  license, each endorsement is required to have six credits or 90 hours of new professional learning. At least two credits (or 30 hours) of new learning must apply directly to the knowledge and performance standards of the endorsement to be renewed.

The remaining four credits need to fall within the Core Teaching and Leadership Standards for Vermont Educators.


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IACET accredits education and training providers that meet strict guidelines originally created in 1968.

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ADRA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and is an approved CEU provider. Colleges and Universities that have the ability to assess prior CE/T learning activities accept IACET credits.  Organizations and Agencies accepting IACET CEUs.

* Indicates courses approved for IACET CEU | ** Indicates courses approved for College Credits and IACET credits.

1-course credit (1CEU) = 10 Clock hours.

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