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After you left teaching, did you keep your teaching license? Or did you just let the license expire and never renew it?

Right now I'm making a career change out of teaching and I'm not sure once I get another job if I should renew my teaching license. Right now I have a 4 year Ohio Resident Educator License. I got my license in 2010 with a 2-year provisional license and have renewed it twice since then. My resident educator license doesn't expire until 2018, but I am not sure if I should keep renewing it if I am not going to use it. However I feel obligated to keep renewing it since I was in college for 6 years just get my license and it would seem like a waste to just let it expire.

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
vttraveler 03-14-2016 07:35 PM

It really varies from state to state. I kept my OR license for a few years after I moved because it was so difficult to get. In Vermont, you can renew an expired license for an extra $40 above the licensing fee, but you have to go directly through the State's Dept of Education Licensing office. There also might be additional hoops to jump through that weren't in effect with your original license.
I'd be inclined to hold onto it for a few years just incase.

Tommytwo 03-14-2016 10:14 AM

I have always been told by long time experienced teachers once you obtain your license keep it. It can sometimes be harder to get it back then to renew it.

SPEDinMA 01-01-2016 05:52 PM

I am most likely leaving teaching (after 10 years) this year, and my license expires in July. I am definitely going to renew it, just in case.

eeza 12-03-2015 05:35 PM

In my state, all the state wants is the renewal fee. I just pay them even though I no longer teach. As a school psych, I like having a gen ed credential because it makes me more marketable. If I left education and I had to do a ton of documented professional development hours, I'd probably let it go as long as I loved my new job.

BritishPanda 12-03-2015 05:31 PM

After you left teaching, did you keep your teaching license? Or did you just let the license expire and never renew it?

Right now I'm making a career change out of teaching and I'm not sure once I get another job if I should renew my teaching license. Right now I have a 4 year Ohio Resident Educator License. I got my license in 2010 with a 2-year provisional license and have renewed it twice since then. My resident educator license doesn't expire until 2018, but I am not sure if I should keep renewing it if I am not going to use it. However I feel obligated to keep renewing it since I was in college for 6 years just get my license and it would seem like a waste to just let it expire.




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