This application is for those educators who are renewing their Continuing Certificate through the completion of 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or Professional Growth Plans (PGP)s.

Beginning July 1, 2023, House Bill 1426 issued new certificate renewal requirements, in addition to current renewal requirements, for all teachers, CTE teachers, and for all administrator and CTE director certificates. New requirements are italicized below.


  • Must complete 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or PGPs or a combination of any of the three options
  • 15 Equity-based school practices aligned with CCDEI standards clock hours, valid National Boards certificate or equivalent college credits, or at least one goal of an annual PGP from one of the Legislature-approved providers.
  • Submit a valid National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Certificate. The National Board Certificate must be renewed before applying for your teaching certificate renewal.
  • Submit fingerprints for a background check is required if a valid certificate is not already on record

Clock Hour Note: Educators cannot use the same clock hours to satisfy multiple clock hour-specific requirements (STEM, Equity, Leadership, etc.). Clock hours for renewal must be completed after the date your most recent certificate was issued. If your certificate validity period is less than five years, clock hours must be completed within the five years prior to submitting your renewal application.

Example: An educator who completes clock hours in a culturally responsive STEM course offered by a legislatively designated CCDEI provider earns 15 total clock hours. The professional learning meets the STEM and Equity standards but must be split between content-specific requirements. The educator could count ten (10) hours toward meeting the STEM certificate renewal requirement and five (5) hours towards meeting the Equity renewal requirement. This educator would need to complete additional content-specific clock hours to meet their certificate renewal requirements fully.

STEM NOTE: Continuing Certificate renewal applicants with; specific endorsement areas, submitting after 9/1/2019, must complete the STEM requirements as part of their renewal clock hours.

National Boards NOTE: Educators holding a valid National Boards Certificate may submit that certificate to renew or reinstate it.

Reinstatement of an expired Continuing Certificate: 100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for renewal.

NOTE: Educators applying to reinstate an expired certificate must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents to the Certification Office for review with their application.

Clock hour equivalents are allowed as follows:

  • 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours;
  • 1-semester credit = 15 clock hours;
  • 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours;
  • 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.

PGP for Certificate Renewal Template-Form 1697

Form 1128-8: Use this form to document the completion of a Professional Growth Plan and submit it to your school district to claim clock hours and to the Certification Office if you are submitting an application for renewal or reinstatement of an EXPIRED certificate.

For PGP information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board.

Educator Clock Hour Information

NOTE: If a teacher has not met the requirements to reinstate their certificate with clock hours or equivalents, they may be eligible for a Transitional Teacher Certificate.


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