How to Renew or Reinstate a Teachers License in Alaska
Renewal of Teaching Certification
Initial Teaching Licenses can not be renewed after their 3-year duration. During those 3 years, you have to meet the qualifications to obtain a Professional or Master License, as follows:
- Professional Teacher License conditions:
- Possess an Initial Teacher License
- Possess two years of teaching experience
- Finalize all educational conditions for an Initial Teacher License (including degree, teacher preparation program, Alaska Studies, Multicultural Studies)
- Finalize recency credits
- Pass the Praxis I and II
- Be employed in an Alaska public school district
- Have a finished fingerprint/criminal background check on file
- Submit a finished Professional Teacher Certification application form, verification of the above through supporting docs, and fees to Department of Education & Early Development, Teacher Education and Certification, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500
- Your professional Teacher License is good for 5 years. Renewal requires:
- Finalized recency credits
- Employment in an Alaska public school district
- Finalized/updated fingerprint/criminal background check
- Finalized Renewal Application and fees
- Submit all of the documents to the Alaska EDD at the above address
- Master Teacher License conditions:
- Possess a current Initial License or Professional License
- Meet all of the conditions for a Professional License
- Possess current National Board Certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
- This requires 3 years of experience, a bachelor’s degree, passing the National Board Assessment, and paying application fees to NBPTS. For more info, call NBPTS at 1-800-22TEACH.
- Submit finished Master Teacher Application, fees, and supporting documents to EDD at the address above
- The Master Teacher License is good for ten years. Renewal requires:
- Renewed National Board Certification
- Recency credits
- Confirmation of employment in Alaska public school
- The finished renewal application and fees
- Submit the above documents to the Alaska EDD at the address above
Teaching Certification Reinstatement
If you possess a Professional or Master Alaska Teacher License that has been lapsed for over 12 months, you can apply for a Reemployment License. It is good for one year only and is not renewable.
- Finalize the Renewal or Reinstatement Application and mail to EDD at the address above with fees, official transcripts, verification of employment in an Alaska public school district, finished fingerprint card.
- If your teacher license has been lapsed for more than 12 months, you have to reapply for Initial Teacher Certification.
- I the year that your Reemployment License is in effect, you have to complete all conditions to obtain a Professional or Master Teacher License.