Steps to License Renewal
For additional information pertaining to the steps listed below; please reference the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual
Step 1: Application Form
(The Application for License Renewal is also contained within the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual.)
Please respond to all questions on the Application for License Renewal. SIGN AND DATE THE APPLICATION. Original signatures with a current date are required. The application for renewal contains both the Application for License Renewal and the Individualized Renewal Record. This record needs to be signed by both you and your advisor (principal, assistant principal or supervisor).
Step 2: Nonrefundable Application Fee
A $25 nonrefundable fee is required to apply for license renewal. Attach a certified check, cashier’s check, money order, or personal check made payable to Gloucester County Public Schools. Renewals are processed online through the Virginia Department of Education’s single Sign-on for web systems (SSWS). If additional action(s) are being requested to the license, such as adding a degree or endorsement, this request must be mailed to the Virginia Department of Education and the check should be made payable to Treasurer of Virginia. If an individual holds two five-year renewable licenses (such as a Postgraduate Professional License and a Division Superintendent License), each license requires a $25 renewal fee (total of $50).
Step 3: List of 180 Professional Development Points
Eight options are available for individuals to earn the 180 professional development points. Refer to the section, “Summary of the Eight Renewal Options” for details.
Eight Renewal Options
1. College Credit 5. Publication of Book
2. Professional Conference 6. Mentorship/Supervision
3. Curriculum Development 7. Educational Project
4. Publication of Article 8. Professional Development Activities
Step 4: Certification of Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Intervention Training
Include a copy of the certificate verifying completion of this statutory requirement. Individuals seeking license renewal must complete study in child abuse and neglect recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Virginia Board of Education. A training module is available at no cost. To print the certificate after completing the training, the computer must be connected to a printer.
Step 5: Emergency First Aid, CPR including hands-on practice, and AED Training or Certification Include documentation verifying this statutory requirement has been met. Every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall provide evidence of completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. The certification or training program shall (i) be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, and (ii) include hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. New Requirements for License Renewal Memo
The Board shall provide a waiver for this requirement for any person with a disability whose disability prohibits such person from completing the certification or training. Refer to Renewal Manual.
Step 6: Dyslexia Awareness Training
Include a copy of the certificate verifying completion of this statutory requirement. Individuals seeking renewal shall complete awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia, as that term is defined by the Board pursuant to regulations, and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. A dyslexia module is available at no cost. To print the certificate after completing the training, the computer must be connected to a printer.
Step 7: Technology Standards for School Personnel Verification
Every person seeking an initial license or requesting renewal of a license must demonstrate proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction. If you are currently employed by a Virginia school division or accredited nonpublic school, the designated official must verify your completion of this requirement. GCPS Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel
*Please note that if this requirement is for license renewal, the demonstration of the proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction standards must have been completed during the renewal period. This requirement must be completed for each renewal.
Step 8: Applicable to Individuals Seeking Licensure Renewal with an Endorsement as a School Counselor: Training in the Recognition of Mental Health Disorder and Behavioral Distress (School Counselors Only)
Individuals seeking licensure renewal with an endorsement as a school counselor must include verification of completing training in the recognition of mental health disorder and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse. Refer to Superintendent’s Memo #173-17 for additional information on training options to meet this requirement. Training Options
Step 9: Virginia History or State and Local Government Module: (The module is required for licensees with specified endorsements as noted in this section)
Any individual licensed and endorsed to teach middle school civics or economics or high school government or history who is seeking renewal of such license is required to demonstrate knowledge of Virginia history or state and local government by completing a module or professional development course specifically related to Virginia history or state and local government that has a value of five professional development points. Successful completion of
The Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module will satisfy this renewal requirement. Please print and submit the module certificate with renewal documentation.
Below is a list of teaching endorsements that permit an individual holding a valid Virginia teaching license to teach middle school civics or economics, or high school government or history. Please note that some of these endorsements are no longer issued; however, individuals may have received one or more of the endorsements pursuant to previous regulations. Individuals who hold any one of these endorsements on a Virginia license must satisfy the Virginia history or state and local government requirement for renewal.