Rhode Island State Requirements

Rhode Island Teaching License Renewal

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+Renew Your License | State Requirements

Renewal decisions for all educators’ certifications issued after January 1, 2012, are based on performance.

Effective January 1, 2020, professional learning will be required for the renewal of certificates. Final effectiveness ratings will no longer be a requirement for renewal or progression of certificates. Certificates expiring in 2019 are required to have effectiveness ratings as part of renewal.

PLU requirements will be phased in starting with certificates that expire in August of 2020. Teachers renewing professional or advanced certificates will be required, once fully phased in, to complete the equivalent of 20 professional learning units annually.

Teachers seeking to transition from initial to professional certificates will be required, once fully phased in, to complete the equivalent of 30 professional learning units annually.

1 college credit = 15 PLUs

For more information, and for complete information on the phase-in process, visit the Rhode Island Department of Education website.

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To obtain the required hours, the following equivalencies shall be used: 

1 graduate credit = 15 PLUs (Professional Learning Units)


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Above is a summary of how Learners Edge may help your continuing education and Rhode Island license renewal needs. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course(s) they take meets their professional needs.  We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the accumulation of clock hours or graduate credit for salary advancement and the Rhode Island license renewal process. See the Rhode Island Department of Education website for complete RI teacher relicensure information.