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March 24th, 2012, 03:33 PM
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Have I ever mentioned that teacher licensing is a pain?!

*begin rant*

I got my degree and teacher certification in North Carolina. I was licensed for all sciences. When I moved to Pennsylvania, I applied for all these high school science positions, and someone finally told me that the license only transferred for MIDDLE SCHOOL science. Luckily, a school hired me on a contingency plan, and I took three more exams in order to make myself certified in all sciences again.

Then we moved to Utah. Well, Utah has SEVEN different science certifications. No joke. Luckily, they give you time to add stuff, so I had a three-year contingency plan there, too. I even added a plan for math, so I was temporarily certified in math, too.

Now we're in Colorado. I was about one school quarter shy of getting a professional license here, but they had to issue me an initial one, which meant that I had to go through "induction" (AGAIN!). The person in charge of that at my school was sweet and she treated me as a third-year person during my first year, then she was going to issue me my certificate at the end of my third year. Well, I had Jenny and became a SAHM after TWO years, and the district won't say that I completed the program without three years of experience.

This wouldn't be a HUGE deal, except I have to renew my initial license every 3 years (for 80 bucks and a royally annoying amount of paperwork), but I could just put a professional license on hold until I re-enter the work force.

Grrrrrr.

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March 25th, 2012, 09:43 AM
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That does stink...and wow you sure do move in between states.
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March 25th, 2012, 01:53 PM
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I don't have to worry about mine until 2014...I don't have enough credits yet, so...
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March 25th, 2012, 09:11 PM
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Credits here are relatively easy, although more of a pain if you aren't working. I actually think I earned enough doing stuff during my two years of teaching here to renew a professional license, even though I'm not required to have any. Yet ANOTHER reason why I should have a professional license, lol...
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March 26th, 2012, 09:38 AM
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I'm sorry you're having to deal with this! Hope it gets better and that you get your license soon
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March 26th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Credits here are relatively easy, although more of a pain if you aren't working. I actually think I earned enough doing stuff during my two years of teaching here to renew a professional license, even though I'm not required to have any. Yet ANOTHER reason why I should have a professional license, lol...
I'm so confused by that...are you not required to have any cuz you are at the lower level cuz you don't have the years in CO? Like in Nevada, I had to take care of all sorts of exemption stuff before I could get a normal license, and I had to have it taken care of by this year, since I won't ever be taking care of some of that stuff (Like Nevada state constitution testing...) I won't ever be getting that.

But I have like 1 of the 6 credits I need right now, so I'm probably gunna need to get on that...or maybe I have 3? Hmmm...I'll have to look it up.
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March 26th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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You can renew an initial license indefinitely without needing credits... you just have to keep paying them money and re-applying every 3 years.

It kind of makes sense for the first three years, because new teachers are required to do a bunch of extra junk that would fall into the category of "professional development".
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March 27th, 2012, 03:07 PM
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Yeah, I agree, but Idaho gives more than 3 years, 09 to 14 is 5.
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