What is a Professional Teachers Certificate, and who needs it?

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The Professional Teachers Certificate is the second, or advanced level, certificate in the certification system that went into effect in 2000.  If you hold a Residency Teachers Certificate, you will need to obtain a Professional Teachers Certificate.

(If you hold a valid Initial Teachers Certificate, you may meet requirements and obtain a Continuing Teachers Certificate as long as you do not let the initial certificate expire.  You are allowed one renewal of a valid Initial Certificate after August 31, 2000.  Or, if you hold an Initial or Continuing Certificate, you may choose to obtain a Professional Teachers Certificate.)