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Is it required to have a full year of teaching to claim the credit?

You’re considered an eligible educator if, for the tax year you’re a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide for at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined by state laws.

See IRS Publication: Topic No. See IRS Publication: Topic No. 458 Educator Expense Deduction 
IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions (search for “Educator expenses” 

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