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PELSB Recommendations for Meeting the Reading Requirement for Licensure Renewal

What is required to meet the mandatory reading requirement for licensure renewal?

A teacher who holds a Tier 3 or Tier 4 license must complete professional development aligned to the five pillars of reading: fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary development.

Is the mandatory reading requirement different for teachers in different tiers or teachers with different licenses?

The reading requirement is the same for all Tier 3 and 4 teachers.  Secondary teachers may wish to focus their professional development more on vocabulary and comprehension.   

What does PELSB recommend for teachers who teach foundational reading skills? 

For Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Reading teachers working with kindergarten through third grade, PELSB recommends that teachers complete a reading professional development approved by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI).  These professional development opportunities are robust; they are aligned to all five pillars of reading and the International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice standards.

PELSB will support legislation that provides funding to support schools in implementing CERI-approved professional development. 

Is it required to take a CERI-approved professional development course to renew a teaching license?  Can teachers complete other reading professional development opportunities? 

Teachers may take non-CERI-approved professional development opportunities.   To meet the mandatory reading requirement, the professional development must be aligned to the five pillars of reading (fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development).

Are there any changes to the reading renewal requirement?  Will the reading renewal requirement change prior to July 1, 2023 or July 1, 2024? 


The reading renewal requirement has not been substantially changed since 2009.  There are no changes for teachers renewing in 2023 or 2024. 

If changes are made by the legislature, any new requirements would likely not go into effect for years in order to give time for PELSB to make rule changes and provide technical assistance to relicensure committees and teachers.

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