Students from all 50 states have successfully completed TeacherStep courses. However, each school, district, and state has its own set of rules about licensure and re-certification, so please seek approval prior to registering for a course to verify acceptance.

Recertification By State



Professional licenses are valid for five (5) calendar years and must be renewed in order to remain active. Professional licenses that are either one (1) year from expiring or currently on inactive status can be renewed only if the required number of Professional Development Points (PDPs) has been earned.

Regardless of when an educator is expected to renew their professional license, if employed the educator must obtain final approval of their individual professional development plan by their supervisor; the educator must have a minimum of 10 PDPs in a topic area in order to use the PDPs towards license renewal. Each additional license that an educator renews requires 30 PDPs in the content area of each license to be renewed.

Professional development activities shall be identified by the educator and supervisor during the development of, and review of, the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)* in order to better support student achievement. Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 PDPs that break down as follows:

  1. At least 15 PDPs in content (subject matter knowledge)
  2. At least 15 PDPs in pedagogy (professional skills and knowledge)
  3. At least 15 PDPs related to Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language (ESL)
  4. At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles
  5. The remaining required 90 PDPs may be earned through either “elective” activities that address other educational issues and topics that improve student learning, or additional content, and/or pedagogy.

*For more information please visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website.


1 graduate semester credit
= 22.5 Professional Development Points (PDPs)

3 graduate semester credits
= 67.5 PDPs



If you are under contract in a Maryland local school system, a non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, your renewal request will be processed by your employer.


  •  ​A cover letter requesting a renewal of your certificate. Please include your full name, email address, last 4 digits of your social security number, and telephone number;
  • Six semester hours of acceptable credit*
*​Acceptable credit is credit that is:
  • Earned or taught at a regionally accredited college/university or through Maryland approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits​; and
  • Related to a school assignment; and
  • Earned within 5 years immediately preceding the date the certificate is issued​​; and
  • Earned in required reading course work if not      already completed (teaching areas only).

If you are not currently employed in a local school ​ system, non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, please submit the requirements within 90 days of certificate expiration.

*For more information please visit the Maryland Department of Education website.


1 graduate semester credit
= 1 semester hour

3 graduate semester credits
= 3 semester hours



Educators currently employed in an Ohio public school or district, chartered non-public school or community school are responsible for the design of an Individual Professional Development Plan, subject to the approval of the Local Professional Development Committee. The plan should be based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school and the school district, and be aligned with the professional educator standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

In accordance with the approved plan, the educator must complete:

  • Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or
  • 18 continuing education units (CEUs) (180 contact hours); or
  • Other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee of the employing school, district or agency since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

*For more information please visit the Ohio Department of Education website.


3 graduate semester credits
= 60 professional development/contact hours
= 6 CEUs

9 graduate semester credits
= 180 professional development/contact hours
= 18 CEUs



Educators must earn six (6) credits of collegiate study; or six (6) credits of PDE-approved continuing professional education courses; or 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences through a PDE approved provider; or any combination of the above every five (5) years to maintain active certification status. Credits and hours must be related to an educator’s certificate type or area of assignment.

*For more information please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.


Each semester collegiate credit is equal to 30 continuing education hours.

Each quarter collegiate credit is equal to 20 continuing education hours.

All credits and hours must be related to an educator’s certificate type or area of assignment

*The above information is provided to help you meet the needs for relicensing in individual states and to aid in assisting how these courses may help salary advancement and re-certification. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course or courses that they complete meet the educational requirements of their corresponding state. For complete and official information, including forms and contact information, please visit your state’s Department of Education website.

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