How to Renew or Reinstate a Teachers License in Georgia
Renewal of Teaching Certification
Once you obtain a Clear Renewable License in Georgia, it is good for 5 years. During those 5 years, to be eligible for renewal, you have to:
- Finalize 6 credit hours of course work from an accredited institution of higher education or
- Ten credits of Georgia Professional Learning Units; or
- Ten credits of US DOE Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops; or
- 10 credits of continuing education credits under the International Association for Continuing Education Units
If you are employed in a Georgia public school, you have to have an individual PD plan coordinated with your school system.
You have to also have another criminal record background check finished before licensure renewal. If you have not had an FBI background check/fingerprinting finished while under the employment of your current school system, this has to be finished now. If you have finished the FBI background/fingerprinting process, a Georgia criminal history check will suffice.
Your school system will initiate the license renewal process. Submit official transcripts documenting completion of the continuing education conditions described above to your district’s office.
Teaching Certification Reinstatement
If you are not employed in a Georgia school system, you can submit a paper application for renewal 6 months before the license expiration date. You have to include official transcripts showing completion of the continuing education conditions above, as well as any necessary fees. Submit them to Georgia PSC Certification Section, Two Peachtree Street, Suite 6000, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3141.
If your teaching license in a field has lapsed, you can request a Non-Renewable license in that field while completing all necessary conditions to obtain a Clear License. Contact Certification at 404-232-2500 for more info.