Renew a Teaching License in VA
(not a Virginia teacher, click here to find your state)
How do I keep and renew a teaching license in Virginia?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching license in VA. Licenses for renewal may be submitted to the Office of Licensure any time after January 1 of the year of expiration. Renewal requests should not be submitted prior to January 1 of the year of expiration. Points for renewal will be based upon activities that may be earned from graduate credit courses from a regionally accredited university or professional development activities.
One semester hour = 30 points
5 clock/contact hours = 5 points
The substance or content of each renewal activity must be consistent with the license holder’s goal(s) for professional development and must clearly fit one or more of six domains of professional competency in education.
Virginia Domains of Professional Competency:
- Curriculum or subject(s) specifically related to one’s assigned professional duties or responsibilities;
- Specialization area one serves or reasonably expects to serve, such as English, mathematics, history and social studies, sciences, career and technical education, or special education;
- Concepts, principles, and methods of effective teaching, supervision, and administration, such as classroom and behavior management, leadership skills, curriculum development, and administrative management;
- Concepts and principles of physical, intellectual, psychological, social, and emotional development of children and youth;
- Concepts and principles of communication, learning, exceptionality, individuality, and cultural differences, such as oral and written communication, motivation, retention, and individual differences; and
- Concepts and principles of effective relationships among schools, families, and communities.
What state requirements does a teacher in VA need to meet for renewal?
In response to 2018 General Assembly legislation (House Bill 1125 and Senate Bill 349), effective July 1, 2018, the Board of Education issues ten-year renewable licenses. No longer are five-year renewable licenses issued. On January 24, 2019, the Board of Education approved that individuals renewing ten-year licenses will be required to complete 270 professional development points for renewal.
According to the Renewal Manual, if a teacher is employed by a public or nonpublic accredited school, the division reviews and accepts the professional development activities and will submit the renewal request on the teacher’s behalf.
If a teacher is not employed by a public or nonpublic accredited school, a written request by mail must be submitted to the Department of Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 requesting pre-approval of professional development activities or coursework. The request for pre-approval of a renewal activity must include documentation of the activity for which the applicant is requesting. All RenewaTeachingLicense.com online courses for Virginia teachers have a printable Course Information Sheet that can be submitted.
Looking for online continuing education and staff development for schools or districts? Check out 100% online PD at ConnectedPD.com!
How do I contact the VA Department of Education?
Contact the Virginia Department of Education
101 N 14th St
Richmond, VA 23219
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of October 27th, 2020 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.