Friday, January 12, 2007

Teachers?

To any current or former teachers out there...

I have a credential renewal question. My credential is close to expiring and I am beginning to panic about it since I have done nothing to fulfill the renewal requirements. I was reading the Professional Growth Manual and in there it states..

During the period you are away from education it is acceptable to allow the credential to lapse or become invalid. There is no penalty for allowing a credential to expire as long as you are not currently employed in a position that requires it. When you decide to return to education you may request a one time 2 year reinstatement of the professional clear credential. During this 2 year period you must complete all requirements. Activities completed while the original credential was valid, during the lapsed time, and during the 2 year extension period may be counted toward the required hours.

So does this mean that I don't need to worry about renewing until I want to return to teaching? The way I read it, I don't need to renew until I want to go back to teaching and then I will have no penalties and I won't have to go back to compete any additional coursework or take any extra tests because I allowed the credential to expire. It will be like the lapse never happened and I can renew when I want with no consequences.

Is that how you read it too? Please say yes.

2 comments:

susan said...

I'm not so sure. This almost sounds like the 2 years is a grace period during which you can teach with a lapsed credential BUT you have to complete all the requirements to make your credential valid once again duing that 2 years.

I really thought that you have to do the 150 hours every 5 years even if you aren't teaching... or you will have to complete coursework or whatever they require to return - in this case, you would have those 2 years to do that in.

I could be TOTALLY wrong though. I hope I am - I hope you're interpreting this correctly and not me... because that would be grand! I'm interested in what you find out...

allison said...

I'm visiting your blog via mommieswithstyle :)

I'm not sure where you're located, but recently a friend told me that in CA you no longer have to do the 150 hours to renew. It sounded a little strange to me, but she insists it's true.

I'm on a leave of absence too and I'll still be on leave when my credential comes up for renewal, so I'm particularly interested to see if what my friend told me is true... maybe I need to visit the credentialing website before I run around repeating these things.

Anyway, if you're in CA by chance, you might want to check it out too!