Initial to Professional Certification Procedure

In June of each year the Office of Educator Certification reviews each teacher’s progress. The teacher’s initial certificate is automatically changed to professional status once the requirements listed below are met.

An initial certificate is issued for three years. Moving from an initial certificate to a professional certificate requires the completion of two requirements.

First, a passing score on the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis test must be submitted. Students completing a state approved teacher preparation program must meet the PLT test requirement prior to receiving an initial certificate.

Second, successfully completing the ADEPT formal evaluation requirements.

 At the conclusion of each school year an automated procedure is activated for teachers with an initial certificate expiring in June of the current year. The process checks for the ADEPT information and for the required PLT test. If the required data is in the file, the initial certificate is automatically changed to professional status. This can be confirmed by checking the Certification Status from the Web site.

If a teacher holding an initial certificate completes the PLT and ADEPT requirements during the school year, the upgrade to the professional certificate can be initiated by the teacher through submission of a  Request for Change of Action Form (33Kb PDF) that can be downloaded from the state department website.