General Instructions [Close - return to application]


A teacher, administrator, or special service provider who holds a certificate issued by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development which is eligible for renewal or reinstatement may use this website to renew or reinstate the certificate.
 
In order to be eligible for renewal, a certification must currently be valid for 5 or more years, be active, and its expiration date must be within a year of today’s date. If a certificate was valid for 5 or more years and has expired within the last year, it is eligible for reinstatement. Initial, Temporary, and Provisional certificates are not eligible for renewal.
 
Contact your employing district if you hold a Type M Limited, an Emergency Type C, or a Special Education Alternate Route certificate. Advanced Type C certificate holders must reapply for an Advanced Type C or a Regular Type C.
 
In order to renew or reinstate an eligible certificate using the online renewal system, you must have the following items:
 
  1. Official transcripts from a regionally accredited university showing the required renewal coursework completed after the issue date of the certificate you will be renewing or reinstating.
  2. Copies of approved non-academic credits receipt(s) from the Teacher Certification Office completed after the issue date of the certificate you will be renewing or reinstating. (If applicable, verify your non-academic credit(s) are on-file with our office by emailing tcwebmail@alaska.gov.)
  3. Copies of certificates showing continuing education credits that are directly applicable to your endorsement area(s) completed after the issue date of the certificate you will be renewing or reinstating (if applicable).
  4. Copy of Renewed National Board Certification (Required for Master Certificate only).
  5. A fingerprint card that was rolled within the last year OR an employment verification from an Alaska public school district.
  6. A Master Card, Visa or Discover credit or debit card number, PVN #, and expiration date for electronic payment of renewal/reinstatement, fingerprint, and continuing education credit fees.
 
Special Notes About Reinstatements
 
If the expiration date on your five-year certificate has passed, you have entered a 12-month reinstatement period and you are no longer certified. You may not work in a position requiring a certificate during the 12-month reinstatement period. You have exactly 12 months beyond the expiration date on your certificate to submit your application for Reinstatement, without having to complete any additional requirements.
 
When Teacher Certification receives your complete Reinstatement application and all supporting materials, you are certified. Your certificate effective date becomes the date your complete reinstatement application packet was received.
 
You may only reinstate a certificate in the 12 months following the expiration date. If your certificate has been expired over 12 months, you are no longer in a reinstatement period and considered an initial applicant for certification.
 
If you have further questions about renewing or reinstating a certificate that have not been addressed on the website, please call (907) 465-2831 or email tcwebmail@alaska.gov

Personal Information [Close - return to application]


Enter all personal information in the spaces provided, including contact phone number(s).
 
If you have changed your legal name, please check the box and fill in the appropriate fields. You must submit a photocopy of the legal document verifying the change when you submit your receipt and the required documents to the Teacher Certification Office.
 
The address entered will be the address to which your certificate will be mailed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain current information, including name and mailing address, on file with the Teacher Certification Office.

Certification and Background Information [Close - return to application]


Answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to questions #1-6 as they apply to you. If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, provide a detailed explanation of the incident. It is not necessary to provide a written explanation of a minor traffic violation. It is necessary to provide written explanation of any driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions. If no written explanation is provided for any ‘yes’ answers to questions #1-6, the application will not be processed. Any falsification or deliberate misrepresentation, including omission of a material fact, in completion of this application can be grounds for denial of certification.
 
If you answer ‘yes’ to question #7, list the state(s) where you hold/held teaching certificates and the expiration date(s).
 
If you answer ‘yes’ to question #8, list the Alaska school district in which you are working or will be working and the date your contract starts.

Ethnicity [Close - return to application]


Check the box that most appropriately applies to you. Definitions for each choice are provided.

Positions Held [Close - return to application]


List any teaching, administrative, or special services position(s) held during the term of the certificate which is being renewed or reinstated.
 
School Years: List the calendar years (example, 1998-2001)
Days per Year: Number of days in the contract(s)

Record of Training [Close - return to application]


Six semester (or nine quarter) hours of credit earned are required for renewal or reinstatement of a 5-year or 10-year certificate. At least three of the six semester hours or five of the nine quarter hours of the required credits must be upper division or graduate level coursework. Non-academic credits and CEUs do not satisfy the upper division coursework requirement for the renewal of a 5-year or 10-year certificate.
 
Only credits and CEUs completed after the issue date of the certificate being renewed or reinstated can be used to satisfy the credit requirement.
 
College/University Credit
 
Using the Add Transcript or Non-Academic Credit button, list all college/university coursework completed to meet the credit requirements for renewal/reinstatement. Provide the information requested concerning the courses completed. For the purpose of this application, graduate credits should be recorded as upper division credits.
 
College/university credit must be earned at a regionally accredited institution in order to be used for renewal/reinstatement credit. The following information can be found on the back of your official transcripts:
  1. Accreditation
  2. Calendar (semester or quarter hours)
  3. Designation for graduate, upper division and lower division courses
 
Official transcripts for all institutions listed in this section must be included with the application, not sent directly to the Teacher Certification Office. You may open the transcripts when they arrive to verify the correct coursework is posted. Transcripts are acceptable after they have been opened, provided they contain the registrar’s signature/seal and are printed on official university transcript paper.
 
Non-academic Credit
 
Using the Add Transcript or Non-Academic Credit button, list all the non-academic credits you will use to satisfy the requirements for renewal or reinstatement. Indicate the number of pre-approved credits you earned for each activity listed.
 
Non-academic credit is available only from the Teacher Certification Office through pre-approved professional development activities. In order to use non-academic credit, the credit must be on file with the Teacher Certification Office. The $50.00 fee per credit must have been paid previously. To verify your non-academic credits are on file, contact the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov.
 
Non-academic credit does not satisfy the upper division coursework requirement. 15 contact hours is equivalent to one semester hour credit. Hours from various events or activities will not be combined to equal 15 contact hours. Non-academic credit must be related to the endorsement area(s) on the certificate which is being renewed.
 
Travel, institutes and workshops are the types of activities that may qualify for non-academic credit.
 
Information concerning non-academic credit is located at http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/pdf/general_info.pdf
Non-academic credit pre-approval forms can be found at http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/apply.html.
 
Continuing Education Units (CEU)
 
Using the Add CEU Credit button, list all the CEU activities you will be using to satisfy the renewal/reinstatement requirements. Provide the information requested for each activity.
 
Only CEU activities sponsored by the following can be used for renewal/reinstatement credit:
  1. An Alaska public school district
  2. A regionally accredited university/college, or
  3. An organization that has been approved to grant CEUs by the national or state professional organization that represents the field.
 
The list of National Professional Organizations approved for granting continuing education units is available at http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/pdf/general_info.pdf.
 
CEUs do not satisfy the upper division coursework requirement. CEUs must be related to an endorsement area on the certificate which is being renewed.
 
The total number of contact hours for each activity will be divided by 15 to determine the number of credits that will apply toward the renewal/reinstatement requirement. Hours from various activities will not be combined to equal 15 contact hours.
 
A photocopy of the certificate of attendance must be submitted as documentation of the hours. If contact hours are not indicated on the certificate of attendance, the agenda must also be submitted, with all attendance clearly marked. If the university, national or state organization that represents the field, or Alaska public school district is not listed on the certificate of attendance, additional documentation from the sponsor of the activity will be requested by the Teacher Certification Office.
 
Each CEU credit requires a $50.00 fee payable to the Teacher Certification Office. The $50.00 fee per CEU credit will be collected with your renewal/reinstatement fee. If you have already paid the Teacher Certification Office for the CEU credit, delete the record of the CEU and add it to the Record of Training Transcripts and Non-Academic Credits. Divide the number of contact hours by 15 to calculate the credit equivalent for each CEU.
 
Specific Renewal Requirements for School Psychologists
 
As required by 4 AAC 12.040(F) School Psychologists holding a Type C Special Services certificate must accrued 90 contact hours after the issue date of the Type C certificate they are renewing/reinstating.
 
In lieu of the renewal credits, certified School Psychologists must have completed a minimum of 90 contact hours in assessment, evaluation, intervention, program planning, program development, or staff or program administration in (1) regionally accredited college or university coursework; (2) workshops, seminars, or institutes; (3) school district or university sponsored in-service training programs; (4) college training; or (5) workshop or seminar teaching, within the life of the certificate being renewed.
 
When translating coursework from a regionally accredited college/university, the online renewal application will automatically calculate one semester credit as 15 contact hours and one quarter credit as 10 contact hours. A non-academic credit will be calculated as 15 contact hours.

Fingerprint/Employment Verification [Close - return to application]


Select the statement that applies to your situation.
 
If you are currently employed in a certified position in an Alaska public school district and your district has submitted employment verification through the annual October certified staff accounting report to the Department of Education & Early Development on your behalf, you will only need to attest that the employment information provide by your district is still correct. If this applies to your situation, you will not be required to submit any additional documents to satisfy this requirement.
 
If an Alaska public school district submitted employment verification through the annual October certified staff accounting report to the Department of Education & Early Development on your behalf, but you are no longer employed with the reporting district, you are required to submit a fingerprint card or employment verification from another Alaska public school district in which you are employed in a certified position.
 
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If you are currently employed in a certified position in an Alaska public school district and your district has not submit employment verification on your behalf, you must submit a verification of current employment. You are not required to submit fingerprint cards if you are employed in this capacity.
 
Verification of current employment in a certified position requires a letter from the employing school district office or a photocopy of your current contract as verification.
 
For Renewal or Reinstatement During the School Year
Submit employment verification for the current school year.

For Renewal or Reinstatement During the Summer Months
Applications submitted prior to July 1st must include employment verification from the previous school year. Applications submitted after July 1st must include employment verification for the following school year.
 
If you are not currently employed in a certified position in an Alaska public school district, one completed fingerprint card is required for renewal or reinstatement. You must have your fingerprints rolled by a trained technician. The technician must sign and date the card in the appropriate spaces on the fingerprint card. All personal information must be filled in on the card, including signature, residence, citizenship, sex, height, weight, race, eye color, hair color, date of birth, and place of birth.
 
To request a fingerprint card, contact the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov.
 
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If you have submitted employment verification or a fingerprint card to the Teacher Certification Office in the past two months, you do not need to submit additional employment verification or a fingerprint card with this application.

Renewal Confirmation Page [Close - return to application]


Prior to continuing to payment, check the information you have provided for accuracy. If any information is incorrect, you may edit by selecting the edit link next to each section heading or by clicking on the “Correct Information” button at the bottom of the page. You will need to return to the Cert Renewal page and select the [Renew Certificate] link to return to the Renewal Confirmation Page.
 
You must include all of the items referenced on this page with your application receipt. The receipt and the required documents will need to be mailed within 14 days of your submission of your online renewal application. If any of the required documents are not included with the receipt, your application will not be processed.
 
If you have questions about any of the required documents or your online renewal application, please call the Teacher Certification Office (907-465-2831) to speak to a certification analyst.

Payment Details [Close - return to application]


The certificate fee for renewal or reinstatement is $125.00. Each CEU credit will be assessed a processing fee of $50.00. If you have previously paid for a listed CEU move the record of the CEU to from the CEU section to the transcript section in the Record of Training.
 
If you will need to submit fingerprint cards with your application, check the box. The fingerprint processing fee is an additional $60.00. If you are renewing multiple certificates, only check the box during the renewal of the first certificate.
 
If the payment details are not accurate, do not continue to payment. Instead, return to the application to make the necessary corrections. Fees are non-refundable.

Cardholder Information/Card Details [Close - return to application]


Complete all information in this section, including the name on the credit card. Enter the address to which your card statement is mailed. An incorrect address may result in your payment being rejected. Two receipts will be sent to the email address you provide on this page. The first receipt will be for the payment; the second receipt will provide you detailed instructions to complete the renewal process.
 
In order to begin the renewal process online, you must pay with a debit or credit card (Visa, Discover or Mastercard).
 
If the order details are not accurate, do not select Submit to Card Issuer. Instead, use the back button on your web browser to return to the application to make corrections. Fees are non-refundable.

Submission of Required Documentation [Close - return to application]


After completing the online renewal/reinstatement application, you will need to print the receipt, sign & date the receipt, then mail the receipt and the items listed on the receipt to the following address:
 
Department of Education & Early Development
Teacher Education and Certification - Online Renewal
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Effective Date Information [Close - return to application]


If the receipt and required documents are received by the Office of Teacher Education & Certification within 14 days of the completed online submission, the receipt date of your renewal/reinstatement application will be considered the date of your online payment. If the receipt and required documents are received by the Office of Teacher Education & Certification after 14 days of the online payment, the receipt date of your application will reflect the date the receipt and documents are received by the Office of Teacher Education & Certification.
 
  1. If you are reinstating your certificate, the effective date of your new certificate will be the receipt date of the application.
  2. If you are renewing your certificate, the effective date of your new certificate will be the expiration date of the certificate you are renewing.

Delivery Method & Timing [Close - return to application]


The Office of Teacher Education & Certification will send your renewed/ reinstated certificate(s) to the address you provided via USPS.
 
If employment verification is used for renewal/reinstatement, you should received you printed certificate in approximately six to eight week from the date the Office of Teacher Education & Certification receives your printed receipt and required documents.
 
If you are required to submitted fingerprint cards, your printed certificate could take up to three months depending on the processing time of the Department of Public Safety. A yellow postcard will be sent to you via United States Postal Service (USPS) within two weeks of receipt of your printed receipt and required document to verify that you have a complete renewal/reinstatement application on file with our office.


If you have any questions concerning the online renewal process, please contact tcwebmail@alaska.gov.



Revised Teacher Cert Online Renewal System: 4/22/2014 1:05:40 PM