Saturday, April 23, 2011

Want to Teach in Another State? Know the State’s Certification Requirements

If you're planning to teach in another state, you may have these questions:

“Is my teaching certificate recognized in other states? How do I find out which states will honor my certificate? How can I learn what the certification requirements are for different states?”

Teacher education graduates earn a teacher certificate/licensure in that state of the program. If you live in New England, chances are good that you will apply for jobs in several surrounding states to increase your opportunity. Before applying, learn about your home state’s reciprocity agreements. Visit the state department of education educator licensure site (where you’re applying for a job) to learn about specific licensure requirements. You may need to pass the state’s standardized basic skills test, demonstrate subject area competence, and/or take additional courses for an educator license.

1. To learn about national teaching certification reciprocity, go to NASDEC.

2. Use Certification Map, an interactive map of the United States with information about each state’s certification requirements, reciprocity agreements, and teacher salaries. Or, check your college or university college of education or career center web sites. They may have links to the 50 states department of education teacher certification offices (e.g., University of Kentucky’s College of Education).

3. To learn about an individual state’s reciprocity agreements and certification requirements, visit the state department of education educator licensure site. You can learn about additional licensure requirements such as passing the state’s standardized basic skills test or subject area competence and/or taking an additional, required course. When searching, use keywords such as teacher certification, educator licensure, reciprocity, reciprocity agreements in addition to the state name.

Examples: State of Rhode Island, click here; State of Massachusetts, click here.

States are continually revising their teacher certification and licensure rules and requirements. So, contact the state department of education for the latest requirements.