Teaching Certification Renewal
When a teacher certification expires, the Virginia Department of Education requires teachers to renew their initial Level I licenses after a period of three years. The requirements for renewal differ for both Level I and Level II teacher certification holders.
Level I Teachers
Level I teacher licenses are valid for three years, after which they must be renewed. Teachers who are currently working in Vermont schools must renew their licenses through their local school districts.
For teachers who are not currently working in Vermont schools, but are up for certification renewal, the DOE requires documentation of professional growth. For renewal of a Level I license, teachers must show three professional development credits for each endorsement area. Each development credit is equivalent to 15 clock hours of a professional development activity.
Candidates may find a list of all approved professional development activities here. To show they've completed the credits, teachers must complete a verification worksheet.
Level II Teachers
Level II certification holders must develop an Individual Professional Development Plan in order to renew their licenses. While creating their individual plans, teachers design three specific goals to enhance their careers and educational methods.
While Level I holders need only complete three professional development credits, Level II holders must show they've earned nine professional development credits. Three of those nine credits must focus on the teachers' endorsement area. Activities that qualify for credits may be found here.
Reinstatement of Certification
Teachers who did not renew their licenses when they expired must apply for license reinstatement.
Candidates seeking Level I or II licensure reinstatement must complete many of the same requirements as those who are simply renewing their licenses. To be reinstated, candidates must provide fingerprinting information and submit to a criminal history background check. More information on requirements and background checks may be found on the reinstatement application.
Candidates for renewal and reinstatement may send their completed forms, documentation, and application fee of $280 to the Vermont Department of Education at:Vermont Department of Education
Office of Licensing and Professional Standards
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
For more information on teacher license renewal in Vermont, contact the DOE at 802-828-6543.