Anyone who completes an educator preparation program for the first time in a particular license category (i.e. teaching, pupil services, administration) after August 31, 2004 will receive an Initial Educator license for that license category.
All initial educators must complete a PDP to advance to Professional Educator licenses. These educators will continue to complete a PDP for each renewal of their Professional Educator license.
Professional Educators (pre-August 31, 2004)
Educators who completed their educator preparation program prior to August 31, 2004 hold Professional Educator licenses. These educators have the option to complete either a PDP or six semester credits to renew their Professional Educator licenses.
For professional educators who completed additional licensure program after August 31, 2004 in the same license category as the professional educator license they hold or previously held (e.g. have a regular education teaching license and adding a special education teaching license) will receive Professional Educator license for the additional license, and can renew all licenses by completing a PDP or six semester credits.
Professional Educators (post-August 31, 2004)
Educators who completed their educator preparation program in a license category after August 31, 2004, including those who had advanced from Initial Educator Licenses, hold Professional Educator Licenses. Based on employment requirements, these educators must complete a PDP to renew their Professional Educator Licenses.
Dual Licenses: Professional Educators (pre-August 31, 2004) and Initial Educators
Educators who hold Professional Educator Licenses based on completion of an educator preparation program before August 31, 2004, and later completed another educator preparation program in a new and different license category after August 31, 2004 will be issued Initial Educator License for the newly-added license in the different category.
These educators must complete a PDP to advance the Initial Educator license. Based on eligibility to advance their Initial Educator License to Professional Educator License, their Professional Educator licenses can be renewed at the same time using the same PDP.