Clock Hours/Continuing License Renewal
In order to maintain their credentials, holders of a continuing license must
participate in professional development activities totaling ninety clock hours
every five years. The ninety clock hours must be completed within the dates
that appear on the continuing license, and may be fulfilled through any number
of activities (see Guideline for the
Renewal of a Continuing License Manual).
As explained in the clock hour guide, some clock hour activities must be
pre-approved by the educator's district or charter school. Click
here to access the approval form.
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Submission of Application/Contact Information
As an educator completes his or her clock hour activities, he or she should add
them to his or her activity log in the Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS).
When an educator has completed the full ninety clock hours, he or she should
print the activity log in DEEDS, sign it before a notary public, and submit it
to his or her district or charter school along with documentation of each clock
hour activity. (Acceptable forms of documentation for a given activity
are described in the Guideline for the
Renewal of a Continuing License Manual.)
An educator may submit verification of his or her clock hours (the signed
activity log and documentation of each activity) to his or her district
personnel office/charter school as early as twenty-four months prior to the
expiration date of his or her continuing license, but must do so no later than
thirty days prior to the expiration date.
Specific questions as to whether an activity can be counted towards an
educator’s clock hours as well as questions that pertain to the submission of
documentation of clock hours should be directed to the district personnel
office/charter school . Although the Department processes the license
renewals, it is the district office/charter school that approves the actual
activities and accepts and processes the documentation. Each district/charter
school then forwards a list of qualified renewal candidates to the Department,
which issues the new licenses. Educators whose licenses are up for renewal do
not need to contact the Department to request the renewal.
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Processing of Renewals
Educators will be considered fully licensed/certified while their documentation
for their new licenses is being processed by the Department. Licenses will begin
to be processed about a month prior to the expiration date. Applicants applying
early should not expect a change in their status on DEEDS, or on the effective
License’s date until that time.