It’s an every-five-year nuisance, many teachers say. Not exactly arduous, but an administrative pain and not necessarily productive in the service of becoming a better teacher.
It’s also an education topic that we here at Ed Week, along with the rest of the education-publishing field, have widely overlooked. Until now.
A team of reporters here who cover teachers and curriculum have spent the last several months digging into this complicated, messy, and ill-understood policy landscape of teacher license renewal. We looked into questions like:
- Where do teachers tend to get the training they need to re-up their licenses? And who is regulating these providers?
- What are some of the more creative ways states are dealing with relicensure?
- Do National Board-certified teachers get a pass on state license renewal? How well do the two processes for certification align?
- Could microcredentials—or allowing teachers to earn badges by showing they’ve mastered small components of instruction—offer a beneficial path forward for relicensure?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.