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Renewing license right before retiring
Old 03-17-2019, 03:54 AM
 
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Advice needed:
My teaching license expires June (2020) and I plan to retire at the end of that year too.
I'm trying to weigh my decision if I should bother to renew my license one more time. The current hoops to renew have gotten really picky according to our local IPDP committee. I may have to dig around for some hours. I certainly do not wish to take any coursework! It would cost over 200.00 for renewal and FBI check as well.

I have no plans to sub or teach again anywhere! But a part of me hates to let it go just in case....

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re:re-upping cert
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Good morning to all-
I did re-new my licenses right before I retired as my due date came up similar to yours.
What I have found since my retirement is that even IF I wanted to work again, I'll never get another public school teaching job.
I cost too much.
With 37 years of experience and my degrees, I'm so high on the pay scale that most schools won't even consider me for any open positions. As a remarkably honest principal told me when I applied for an opening three years ago, "For what I would have to pay you, I can hire two kids straight out of Florida State."
So, factor that into your decision of whether to re-up or not.
My recert. process here was easy and inexpensive, so I did it, but I don't know how much I would have been willing to pay or how many hoops I would have jumped through to get it.
Good day to all- Ed
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Just a Thought...
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You never know what might happen after your retire. I would find an easy way to earn the hours you need and spend the $200 to renew your license.

Yes...you may find that you will never use it, but then again, things happen and you might be glad you have it.
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Old 03-17-2019, 05:08 AM
 
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I renewed mine just before retiring, just in case. I hoped I would never have to use it and so far, I haven't. However my DH is older and I am always worried that I might be alone and need extra income. DH did not renew his and started subbing high school back a few years ago. He got paid on his highest level and it helped a lot as our kids were starting college. I think the county must have paid for his certificate to be renewed. They valued his experience, but like Ed said, they are looking for warm bodies today.
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I did renew mine the year after I retired. I had all the requirements and it only cost me $25. The school system emailed me, and said they would take care of it. It was an easy decision. I just thought that if I tutored or got a part time job, then it might give me some clout. It was also a connection to my job as a Reading Specialist - one that I loved. BUT, I never tutored or got a part time job, or even volunteered in a school, so I really was the only one who knew I was still certified! If I had to go through all of your hoops to renew my license, I probably wouldn't do it.


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I retired three years ago and had two years left on my license. I did not renew it when it was time. I had no desire to sub and felt if I needed to work for some reason I would just find something different to do. I think if you decided to sub that you can just get a substitute license but I could be wrong about that.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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I renewed mine, but I did it a year before I retired, so it was a no-brainer. I never used it after retirement, even though I tutored, taught a home school course, taught a summer class that students took for extended learning credit, and subbed.

I would only do it if you think thereís a greater than 50:50 chance you will be back in the classroom before it expires again.

If you have to (or want to) work again, there are a whole raft of options that donít require a teaching certificate.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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I renewed my certificate after retiring. I had the hours needed, itís relatively cheap to renew, and I felt the need to have it. Not sure why, but I did.
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Mine expired the year I retired, and I did renew for another 5 years because it was easy and not too expensive. It was just for my own peace of mind, but I never needed it. I did a few long term subbing positions for friends in my own district the first year. My district encourages its retirees to sub for them, even with expired licenses.

However, even with my just-renewed license that included an FBI fingerprint check, another (very large) district where I live required an additional FBI check when I wanted to volunteer in a friend's classroom. They wanted me to pay for the fingerprint check and TB test myself, even after I showed them my current teaching license and my up-to-date TB test. I decided that it wasn't worth it. I realized then that I was lucky never to have worked in that dysfunctional district.
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Iím so old I have a California Life Credential. Of course they stopped issuing them when they realized renewal was a moneymaker. But I havenít used it since retiring 2.5 years ago and I wonít in the future. Iím done with teaching.


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When I retired, I had 3 years left on my certificate, with only 3 credits left to get before recertifying.

I decided to get those 3 credits for a few reasons.

-3 continuing ed credits were not hard to get. In fact, for the first time in a long, long time, I chose classes that I wanted to take without having to take into consideration new state requirements, degree pursuits, etc. Last summer I had a blast at a great zoo and then spent a couple days at an agricultural workshop visiting farms. My last credit is sponsored by the state's fish and game commission and is a workshop on all things salmon. How fun!

-I was in a position to do one-on-one testing for the special ed department on a contracting basis and had to have current certification.

-I had had a teaching certificate for some many decades, the thought of not having it seemed...strange. It is such a part of me. And because it was only 3 credits, it gave me a peace of mind.

-It was not terribly expensive.

I thought of substituting in a neighboring district, but the expense of a background check just wasn't worth it. I had had one the previous year, but was told it was only good for a year. The testing gig garners me more money than subbing and it a whole lot more enjoyable.
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I’m so old I have a California Life Credential. Of course they stopped issuing them when they realized renewal was a moneymaker. But I haven’t used it since retiring 2.5 years ago and I won’t in the future. I’m done with teaching.
I've got a life credential, too (but of course had to add the CLAD and "Highly Qualified Teacher" (is this still being done??) as they came along.) Were you Fisher or Ryan? Now that's going back a long way (grin!)
But anyway, I'm the cautious type - if I could possibly afford it, and had to renew my credential just before retiring, I'd do it. I figure you never know what's coming down the pike, and I'd like to be ready for anything just in case.

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I've got a life credential, too (but of course had to add the CLAD and "Highly Qualified Teacher" (is this still being done??) as they came along.) Were you Fisher or Ryan?
TchrFvr, Fisher and then Ryan really goes way back!
I was a latecomer to education as it was my third career, so when I came in, CLAD (in my case BCLAD) was built into my credential, and during my career the "Highly Qualified Teacher" stuff came along. That came with the NCLB (Leave All Children Behind) act. Most of the teachers in my Title 1 building were HQT except a few who had a life credential. Go figure...

I looked it up and the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) eliminated the HQT provision.
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My state doesn't have a renewable license...
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But I am with Amiga, I have a lifetime credential from NY state. They don't issue those any more, either. I would never go through all the steps to get licensed in NY now, so I will never work there. If NJ had renewable licenses, I wouldn't renew. Like Amiga said, I am done with teaching.
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The times, they keep a'changin'...
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Yep, I did the HQT because I'm one of those people who just can't NOT do everything I need to do (smile!) So nice to learn that, because we don't need it anymore, I wasted all that time hunting down information and signatures (grrr!)
I had to do my CLAD (but I think it was called CTEL by then...I can't keep up!) by test (6 lovely hours) because I got my credential long before any of these were required, much less built in (sigh...)
Ahh, education...
P.S I'm Ryan...my hubby, who is also still teaching, is Fisher!
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I was finishing my coursework when the life credentials were about to expire. My college added extra classes to help us finish in time. College sent paperwork in May, but Sacramento did not process until August when the new clear credentials took effect.
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I was in the same position when I retired almost 2 years ago. I decided not to renew because it would have cost a couple of hundred dollars, I would really have to scrounge to find all my certificates to have enough hours, and I was pretty fed up with teaching. If I need to work, Iíll go work at Kohlís or Target. I have no desire to sub or teach full-time. Fortunately, so far Iím fine money wise!
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I was finishing my coursework when the life credentials were about to expire. My college added extra classes to help us finish in time. College sent paperwork in May, but Sacramento did not process until August when the new clear credentials took effect.
Seriously? That's terrible!
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I did not renew my teaching license. I am happily retired and don't plan on going back to the classroom ever again.
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I renewed, but...
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...the worst part was coming up with professional development hours. I hadn't planned on subbing, but found that I really could use the extra money to pay off my car and get dental implants. I couldn't find the papers and feared I'd thrown them out. But to sub, I had to have a certificate. Got everything together, renewed, paid the money, and now I don't have to renew until 2020. AND it's free with no PD needed, because I am a retired teacher. I probably won't renew after that, but I'm still enjoying subbing. I have one more year before renewal and I'll be 65, so I'll renew because it's free, but it will be my final renewal. Just in case, you know.
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That came with the NCLB (Leave All Children Behind) act.
You mean NO Child Left Behind
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LindaR, in my building we all called it the Leave All Children Behind Act, because the No Child Left Behind Act left many children behind. I suppose the intentions were good, but the reality was a totally different thing.
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Thanks all! Lots of food for thought. I really appreciate all of your experiences . I have time this upcoming year to decide. Turns out after adding up my current contact hours and coursework I may actually have enough (If LPDC accepts them all). So we'll see!
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I renewed my credential after I retired, BUT my state has a retired teacher credential that is good for 10 years. It also didn't need any credits to renew--dang it! after I went to the requisite number of inservice classes. Had I but known!! It did however cost the same as a regular credential.

I did use it to sub for about 5 years so it paid for itself. I found I needed to ease out of the profession. Check to see if there is a special credential for retired teachers in your state. Mine is a retired professional credential.
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Just Renewed Despite Being Retired
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It was so dang hard to obtain, that I couldn't let it just expire. I just couldn't do it. Maybe in 5 years I will be ready to say I am not officially a teacher anymore. But not now, no way.
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