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NC-SARA Chart of Reciprocity

All of the information was compiled using the Education Commission of the States “50 State Comparison: Teacher License Reciprocity” found at http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/MBProfAllRTANW?Rep=TCL17STA. Compiled 2017, updated 2020. Information is subject to change. Please use the contact information for each state licensing board for confirmation.

Updated and complete contact information for all state licensing boards will be housed at the NC-SARA website: https://www.nc-sara.org/resources/professional-licensure

Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement?Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers?Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers?Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers?
AlabamaYes. Alabama is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No.No.Yes, but not for all candidates. Candidates must: 1) pass the Alabama-prescribed Praxis Subject Area Test(s), 2) verify a content knowledge test was passed for issuance of a valid professional educator certificate in the candidate’s issuing state, OR 3) request a review of his/her professional work experience in place of these assessment requirements. The candidate must have a valid professional educator certificate from another state (with no deficiencies, other than experience or state-specific coursework) and verify three full years of full-time professional educational work experience in that state within ten years prior to applying for Alabama certification. This professional educational work experience must have been in the area of certification on the certificate and in the area for which Alabama certification is being sought.
AlaskaYes. Alaska is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No.Yes, but not immediately. A candidate (in-state or out-of-state) is not eligible for a teacher professional certificate unless he/she has completed three semester hours in Alaska studies and three semester hours in Alaska multicultural education or cross-cultural communications. However, the commissioner may issue a provisional certificate, valid for no longer than two years, to an applicant who has not completed the semester hours required at the time of application. In addition, teachers must have earned at least six semester hours of college credit within the five years preceding the application and have had at least two years of employment.Yes, but not immediately. If a teacher provides a valid teaching certificate from another state, the teacher is eligible for a one-year certificate. To extend the initial out-of-state certificate for up to three years, the teacher needs to provide evidence of satisfying a basic competency exam. To obtain professional certification, all candidates must pass a content exam and complete an approved teacher preparation program. Candidates are encouraged to complete the preparation program requirement within one year. Alaska has established acceptable cut scores for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, the National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills, the ACT and SAT, and for the basic skills exams administered in: California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, New York and Oklahoma.
ArizonaYes. Arizona is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.Yes. Arizona law requires out-of-state applicants who: 1) are in good standing with their state, 2) hold a comparable valid certificate and a fingerprint clearance card, to be issued a standard teaching certificate without any other requirement.Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state teachers are required to take an “Arizona Constitution” college course, or the appropriate examination, and a “U.S. Constitution” college course, or the appropriate examination, within three years of achieving state certification, or within one year if they are teaching an academic course on History, Government, Social Studies, Citizenship, Law or Civics.No. Arizona law requires out-of-state applicants who: 1) are in good standing with their state, 2) hold a comparable valid certificate and a fingerprint clearance card, to be issued a standard teaching certificate without any other requirement. Candidates applying for a standard certificate who do not meet these requirements can be exempted from the subject knowledge test, professional knowledge test or entire proficiency exam requirement if the person has passed corresponding portions of a substantially similar exam in another state; or has been a full-time teacher in any state for at least three years in the same area of certification. An applicant can demonstrate subject knowledge proficiency if he or she 1) has taught content-relevant courses for the last two consecutive years and for a total of at least three years at an accredited postsecondary institution, or 2) has a content-relevant bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, or 3) demonstrates expertise through five years of content-relevant work experience. Candidates not meeting examination requirements may still be eligible to receive a standard teaching certificate for at least three years.
ArkansasYes. Arkansas is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. Prior to obtaining a standard five-year teaching license, out-of-state candidates in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Childhood and Secondary Social Studies must take an Arkansas History course at an accredited two or four year institution in Arkansas or a 45-hour professional development course in Arkansas history offered by Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools (IDEAS).Yes, but not immediately. Arkansas law permits the State Board to issue a one-year nonrenewable provisional license to any teacher who seeks licensure and is trained in and licensed by another state if the teacher has been in good standing during the most recent three years of teaching in the other state. Arkansas law requires candidates to pass state licensure exams and an approved stand-alone reading assessment prior to receiving a standard five-year teaching license. The State Board can issue a three-year nonrenewable provisional license to out-of-state teachers working to complete the requirements for standard licensure.
CaliforniaYes. California is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes. In order to receive a standard “clear” teaching credential, out-of-state candidates must meet the subject matter knowledge requirements for the credential they are applying or complete coursework in the subject area. Applicants must also meet state requirements for teaching English learners, which includes completing 6 semester hours of coursework in a second language and coursework in human relations.Yes. Out-of-states candidates must hold a professional-level credential to qualify for California teaching certification based on out-of-state certification. Candidates with intern, apprentice, or temporary/non-renewable documents or documents with requirements to complete subject matter examinations do not qualify. In order to receive a standard “clear” teaching credential, candidates must, among other requirements, provide verification of two or more years of teaching experience and show evidence of completing 150 clock hours of professional activity, earn a master’s degree or higher in a field related to the credential, or complete the equivalent semester units, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Candidates with fewer than two years of teaching experience must complete a beginning induction program and meet other requirements to receive a standard “clear teaching credential”.
ColoradoYes. Colorado is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement. Additionally, the state board of education is authorized to enter into interstate reciprocal agreements in which the department of education agrees to issue initial teacher licenses to persons licensed to teach in another state.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Applicants with at least three years of “continuous, successful, evaluated experience” as a teacher in an elementary or secondary school in a content area that correlates with a Colorado endorsement area do not have to take state licensing exams. Applicants with less than three years of experience who have not demonstrated content knowledge and skill via the approved content exam–or applicants who are prepared and hold an out-of-state license in a content area that does not correlate with a Colorado endorsement — may receive an Interim Authorization and teach for up to one year while preparing for a taking the required exam(s).
ConnecticutYes. Connecticut is a participant in the NASDTEC interstate agreement. Connecticut also recognizes service in U.S. territories and possessions via a Recognition Statement signed by the Commissioner on 5/9/2017. State statute authorizes the Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner’s designee to establish or join interstate agreements with other states to facilitate the certification of qualified educators from other states. If the commissioner is unable to establish or join an interstate agreement with another state, the commissioner can create and make available a recognition statement that specifies the states, assessments and educator preparation programs that the commissioner will recognize for purposes of issuing professional certification.NoYes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state applicants who do not meet the conditions of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement must demonstrate successful completion of all required general academic and professional education coursework for the endorsement areas sought. Coursework must result in credit awarded to official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges or universities.Yes, but not all candidates and not always immediately. Additional assessment requirements are in place only for those candidates applying for an endorsement area in which an assessment has been adopted. Out-of-state applicants who meet all certification criteria except assessment requirements may be issued an interim certificate with a deferral for testing.
DelawareYes. Delaware is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates with less than one year of teaching experience must pass an approved performance assessment within the first two years an Initial License in order to be eligible for a Continuing License. No additional assessments are required of out-of-state applicants with a full and valid reciprocal license or certificate. Applicants whose credentials are not accepted under reciprocity must submit passing scores on approved subject matter competency assessments.
District of ColumbiaYes. The District of Columbia is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement..No. Not by statute. However, DC significantly limits barriers to out-of-state candidates through various exemptions to licensure requirements.No. Except that candidates who do not meet requirements for reciprocity will be given a transcript analysis of their credentials. A transcript analysis may require license seekers to complete additional coursework and/or state tests prior to being issued a D.C. license.Yes, but not for all candidates. Applicants whose sending states do not require any component of the licensure exams as required by the District of Columbia (e.g. basic skills, content and/or pedagogy exams), are required to complete DC’s licensure exam for the missing area prior to the issuance of a full DC teaching license/credential in the applicable area. Out-of-state candidates may be granted a waiver of DC’s testing requirements if they: 1) complete a state-approved teacher education licensure program in a subject area matching the D.C. license being sought, 2) currently hold a full out-of-state “level II” credential, without deficiencies, AND 3) present official score reports documenting passing scores for a comparable basic skills, content knowledge and pedagogy licensure exams required by the state where the teaching credential was issued. DC waives the pedagogy licensure exam requirements for valid out-of-state level II license holders who submit appropriate documentation verifying satisfactory completion of at least three years of recognized full-time teaching experience (completed within the previous seven years) while holding an appropriate teaching license/credential in the applicable subject area and grade. The teaching experience must have occurred outside of the District of Columbia after the date of the completion of an approved program and may not include substitute teaching experiences.
FloridaYes. Florida is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement..YesNoNo
GeorgiaYes. Georgia is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement..NoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Georgia requires all applicants to complete a course on the identification and education of children who have special educational needs.Yes, but not for all candidates. Candidates must take an approved content assessment unless they meet one of the following exemptions: 1) have worked full-time in their certificate filed for all of the last five years, 2) were already required to take a content assessment for their out-of-state certificate, 3) hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, or 4) are seeking certification in a subject that does not have an approved content assessment. Applicants who have not passed Professional level content assessments might be eligible for an initial three-year Induction Certificate if they pass Induction level content assessments. Subject to some exemptions, out-of-state candidates might also be required to take a Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment and/or a Content Pedagogy assessment (or comparable alternative). Professional certified out-of-state educators with at least one year of teaching experience during their career will not be required to fulfill the requirement for a content pedagogy assessment.
HawaiiYes. Hawaii is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.Yes. Hawaii has full reciprocity for out-of-state applicants who were awarded their first license on July 1, 2006, or after.No. Although candidates who do not meet the experience requirements or who have completed an educator preparation program but who do not hold a license in another state must meet content knowledge requirements to receive a Provisional or Standard License, they can demonstrate content knowledge by submitting proof of completing sufficient and relevant coursework an institution for higher education.No. Candidates who do not meet the experience requirements or who have completed an educator preparation program but who do not hold a license in another state must meet basic skills and content knowledge requirements to receive a Provisional or Standard License. However, the state has established a number of exemptions from basic skills and content assessment requirements, making it unlikely out-of-state candidates will have to take an additional assessment. For instance, out-of-state applicant with a bachelor’s degree are exempted from having to take a Basic Skills assessment. Out-of-state applicants are exempted from having to take a content knowledge assessment if they meet certain coursework requirements, such as taking thirty semester hours in the content field at an institution for higher education.
IdahoYes. Idaho is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. Out-of-state candidates may be required to take “Mathematical Thinking for Instruction” and “Idaho Comprehensive Literacy” before receiving a Standard Certificate. Out-of-state candidates are granted a three-year, nonrenewable Interim Certificate in order to complete these requirements. Applicants might also be required to take technology courses, subject to the discretion of the hiring district.Yes, but not for all candidates. Idaho requires demonstration of content mastery in an endorsed area through content testing (Praxis II). The Praxis II requirement can be waived for candidates who have taken and passed a content test comparable to the Praxis II and obtained their out-of-state certificate. The test can also be waived if the candidate can provide verification of content mastery through a master’s degree in the specific content area or verification of a current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate in the content area. The state gives a three-year interim license to out-of-state teachers who have not met the assessment requirements.
IllinoisYes. Illinois is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. Regardless of experience, each out-of-state applicant for an Illinois teaching license must meet licensure requirements that are similar to Illinois requirements.Yes, but not immediately. In order to receive a Professional Educator License, candidates must complete (or show proof of having already completed) coursework aligned to standards concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners. Candidates must also have completed student teaching, or an equivalent experience.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. To receive a Professional Educator License, candidates must candidates must show proof of completing an out-of-state basic skills test, content area test(s) and EdTPA resulting in licensure in their sending state, or receive passing scores on the Illinois-approved assessments. Requirements for the EdTPA are waived for candidates who have at least one year of teaching experience and have achieved a “proficient” or higher (or equivalent) rating on his or her most recent performance evaluation. Applicants who do not meet these assessment requirements may qualify for a provisional educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations.
IndianaYes. Indiana is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. Although candidates in most subject areas with a valid teaching license who were required to pass a content test in their sending state are granted initial or full licensure, candidates in some content areas may be required to take additional coursework. In addition, all candidates are subject additional training requirements within one year of teaching in Indiana.Yes, but not for all candidates and not always immediately. Licensure reciprocity is not available through testing alone for candidates in seven content areas (Exceptional Needs, English Learners, Early Childhood Generalist, Elementary Education Generalist, Fine Arts, Communication Disorders and High Ability). Licensure deficiencies in these seven areas are determined and communicated by licensing credential evaluators and could require additional coursework. In addition, within one year of receiving an Indiana license, out-of-state teachers must receive valid certification in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Heimlich Maneuver, and the use of an automated external defibrillator and complete Suicide Prevention Training.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-State teachers who obtained a license in another state by completing a state approved educator preparation program or a state approved alternative preparation program and passing a licensure test in their content area(s), may be eligible for “full” licensure. Candidates who have not passed a content test will be required to do so prior to obtaining licensure.
IowaYes. Iowa is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. According to state statute, the Educational Examiners Board may issue a license to an applicant from another state or country only if the applicant files evidence of the possession of the required or equivalent requirements with the board.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners conducts a transcript review. A two-year “Regional Exchange License” is issued to out-of-state applicants who are eligible for licensure but have coursework deficiencies in order to fully meet Iowa’s requirements.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who have less than three years of teaching experience on a valid license and who completed their teacher preparation program after January 1, 2013 must complete the Praxis II Pedagogy and Content Assessments or the edTPA prior to becoming licensed.
KansasYes. Kansas is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate agreement. In addition, Kansas offers a two-year “Exchange License” to eligible candidates from participating states.NoNo. Except that to receive a teaching license, out-of-state candidates must have one year of teaching experience or eight semester credit hours completed within the last six years. Candidates not meeting licensure requirements may be eligible for a two-year exchange license, a one-year nonrenewable license if hired by a Kansas district, or a substitute license.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately.Candidates with at least three years of teaching experience within the past six years or five years of teaching experience total are exempted from assessment requirements and may be eligible for a Professional License. Candidates not meeting experience requirements must pass content and pedagogy assessments in order to be eligible for an Initial License or content, pedagogy and performance assessments in order to be eligible for a Professional License, but comparable out-of-state assessments are accepted. Candidates working to complete assessment requirements may still qualify for a license allowing full-time employment. Kansas does not require basic skills testing.
KentuckyYes. Kentucky is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. The Education Professional Standards Board may reject the application any candidate who is judged as not meeting academic requirements comparable to those for students enrolled in Kentucky teacher preparation programs.Yes, but not always immediately. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis. Among other requirements, out-of-state candidates must: 1) possess an equivalent teacher license from the state where the applicant completed his or her preparation program, 2) satisfy the degree, academic preparation and grade point average requirements established for Kentucky teachers, and 3) provide evidence that the license was obtained by completion of an approved preparation program and not based on the completion of a written or verbal assessment. Candidates not meeting these requirements might be subject to additional coursework requirements. In addition, out-of-state candidates teaching under a middle school, high school, Grades 5-12 or Grades P-12 teacher certificate are, within five years of receiving the Kentucky license, required to complete 1) a three hour content literacy course aligned to the six International Reading Association Standards 2010: Middle and High School Content Classroom Teacher and taught by faculty qualified to deliver literacy instruction, or 2) two or more courses aligned to the standards and taught by faculty qualified to deliver literacy instruction.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state applicants who hold a valid certificate and who have completed two years of full-time teaching in the subject area and grade level on their certificate are exempt from testing requirements. Candidates without this experience are required to pass Praxis II Specialty Area test scores for each area of certification and the Principles of Learning and Teaching test score for appropriate grade range, unless they have National Board Certification.
LouisianaYes. Louisiana is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates. Except that candidates who have not taught as a regular teacher within the past five years in an elementary or secondary school are required to complete six semester credits relating to the teaching field from a regionally accredited college/university. Candidates may be issued a one year non-renewable certificate while he/she completes the credit hours required for the issuance of a three-year nonrenewable teaching certificate (“Out of State Certificate”).Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state candidates who have met Louisiana’s PRAXIS and/or NTE requirements are eligible to receive a standard, three-year teaching certificate (“Level 1 Professional Certificate”) that authorizes certification for the levels or subjects available in Louisiana that are consistent with those currently on the applicant’s out-of-state certificate. Candidates who have not met assessment requirements are eligible to receive a standard, three-year non-renewable teaching certificate (“Out-of-State Certificate”) that authorizes the candidate to teach while working towards completing assessment requirements. Candidates with a valid out-of-state teaching certificate and at least three years of “successful” teaching experience as verified by satisfactory annual evaluation results do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year. Candidates must meet all other requirements for a Louisiana certificate, have a school district’s 1) recommendation for employment and 2) request that the teacher be granted a valid Louisiana certificate, in order to receive a Professional Certificate.
MaineYes. Maine is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, additional coursework may be required.Yes. Out-of-state candidates are required to pass the Praxis II content assessments. Candidates seeking a certificate in the same endorsement area as that held in their sending state are not required to take the basic skills (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators) or pedagogy (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams. Out-of-state candidates not meeting assessment requirements are granted a Conditional License.
MarylandYes. Maryland is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who do not meet experience requirements or who are unable to enter via an approved out-of-state program are subject to a transcript analysis. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, additional coursework may be required. In addition, candidates with certification in a secondary content area, special education Six-Adult and Pre-K disciplines are required to complete six semester hours in reading. Candidates with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels are required to complete 12 semester hours in reading. Additional reading coursework is not required of candidates who met the Maryland reading coursework requirements in their issuing state.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates must present qualifying scores on basic skills, content and pedagogy assessments or show evidence of meeting experience requirements.
MassachusettsYes. Massachusetts is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates and not always immediately. Core academic teachers must take a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) course and obtain and SEI endorsement. Candidates with at least three years of employment under a valid out-of-state license or certificate may be eligible for a Temporary License while he/she completes the coursework requirement. The Temporary License is not available to candidates who fail any of the required state licensure tests.Yes, but not always immediately. Out-of-state candidates must receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test and the subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the license sought. Candidates with at least three years of employment under a valid out-of-state license or certificate may be eligible for a Temporary License while he/she completes the required assessments. The Temporary License is not available to candidates who fail any of the required state licensure tests.
MichiganYes. Michigan is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates. Candidates who have three years of successful teaching experience matching their out-of-state certificate are eligible for a Professional License and are not required to meet additional assessment requirements if they: 1) have at least eighteen semester hours in a planned program completed since the issuance of his/her initial, standard teaching certificate, and 2) hold a valid certificate from another state in the subject area(s) and grade levels for which he/she is seeking Michigan certification. All other candidates must pass a test of basic skills and the appropriate subject area tests, or approved alternatives, to be eligible for licensure. (Applicants who have completed a state-approved teacher preparation program that included student teaching but who do not hold an out-of-state certificate AND applicants who completed an alternative route teacher certification program in another state and who hold an out-of-state certificate must pass a test of basic skills and appropriate subject area tests from the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, or approved alternatives, to be eligible to receive a Provisional License. Applicants who hold a valid, standard teaching certificate from another state but who have not met assessment requirements can be issued a Temporary Teacher Employment Authorization and teach for one year while completing assessment requirements.)
MinnesotaYes. Minnesota is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, a candidate may be required to take additional coursework while teaching under a one-year restricted license. Out-of-state candidates are required to take coursework in human relations (working with diverse learners) and may be required to take coursework in reading strategies, among others. Candidates must also demonstrate either field-specific teaching methods, student teaching, or equivalent experience, OR at least two years of teaching experience as the teacher of record in a similar licensure field. Out-of-state teachers who have not met Minnesota’s coursework requirements can apply for up to four temporary one-year licenses.Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state candidates are required to achieve a passing score on the basic skills, pedagogy and content licensure exams adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Out-of-state teachers who have not passed Minnesota’s licensure exams can apply for up to four temporary one-year licenses.
MississippiYes. Mississippi is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.Yes. State statute requires the Department of Education to grant a standard license to any individual who possesses a valid standard license from another state and meets minimum Mississippi license requirements or equivalent requirements as determined by the State Board of Education.NoNo. Except that out-of-state candidates who cannot show 1) documentation of a passing score on a core subject test required for certification by the issuing state, or 2) documentation that verifies the out-of-state license was obtained in a manner equivalent with current Mississippi license guidelines, are only eligible to receive a nonrenewable Two Year Reciprocity License until they can meet the Mississippi licensure requirements, which could include passing state licensure assessments. Applicants meeting these requirements are granted a Five Year (Standard) Reciprocity License.
MissouriYes. Missouri is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.Yes. Statute requires the state board to, upon completion of a background check, issue a Professional Certificate classification in the areas most closely aligned with the out-of-state applicant’s current areas of certification, commensurate with the years of teaching experience of the applicant to any person who is hired to teach in a Missouri public school and who 1) who possesses a valid teaching certificate from the issuing state, or 2) whose academic degree and professional experience are suitable to provide a basis for instruction solely in the subject matter of banking or financial responsibility, at the discretion of the state board and who received certification on the basis of a relevant bachelor’s degree or higher and a passing score for the designated exit examination. Persons certified through one of these two routes must annually complete the state board’s requirements for his/her continued certification.No. Except that the state has established a minimum grade point average requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for college transcripts. Candidates not meeting the minimum GPA requirements are not eligible for licensure.No
MontanaYes. Montana is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. Applicants who completed an educator preparation program in another state must verify completion of the online course “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” and completion of a supervised teaching experience as part of an educator preparation program in order to be eligible for a Standard – Class 2 or a Professional – Class 1 License. Applicants not meeting these requirements may be eligible to receive a Provisional – Class 5 License if they provide proof of a minimum passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment and a current Montana address or job offer from an accredited or state-funded P-12 school in Montana. Applicants for a Standard or Professional certificate whose degree is more than five years old and who do not have a current out-of-state license must have earned six semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university within the five-year period preceding the effective date of the license.Yes. Applicants who completed an educator preparation program in another state must provide proof of a minimum passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the requested endorsement in order to be eligible for a Provisional, Standard or Professional License. Applicants for a Provisional License must also submit evidence of a current Montana address or job offer from an accredited or state-funded P-12 school in Montana.
NebraskaYes. Nebraska is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. Nebraska requires all candidates to submit evidence of special education and human relations training, which includes coursework or relevant employment experience. In addition, candidates must meet recency requirements by documenting recent college credits or employment experience within the past five years to receive an Initial, Standard or Professional License. Candidates may be eligible to receive a Provisional License while working towards meeting training or recency requirements.Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state candidates must pass the Praxis Core and relevant Praxis Subject Assessments in order to qualify for an Initial, Standard or Professional License. Candidates may be eligible to receive a Provisional License while working towards meeting assessment requirements.
NevadaYes. Nevada is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.Yes. State statute requires the Commission on Professional Standards to adopt regulations which provide for reciprocal licensure of educational personnel from other states.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates must complete all courses of study and other requirements for a license in the state, but may be eligible to teach under a provisional license for one year while completing any remaining requirements.No. An out-of-state applicant is exempt from licensure assessment requirements if the applicant successfully passed the examination(s) in his/her sending state. Most valid and unexpired licenses will directly transfer without verification of passing licensure examinations. However, some conditional, provisional, residency, temporary, or other license types will require additional documentation to determine eligibility.
New HampshireYes. New Hampshire is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core (or an equivalent Basic Academic Skills assessment) unless they document that they have held a full educator certificate or license in another jurisdiction. Some subject area endorsements require a passing score on a Praxis Subject Assessment (or an equivalent assessment) in order to qualify for a certificate. For certification in the Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Reading and Writing Teacher, and Reading and Writing Specialist endorsement areas, New Hampshire also requires a passing score on the New Hampshire Foundations of Reading test or an equivalent test.
New JerseyYes. New Jersey is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNo. However, to be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, out-of-state candidates must hold an equivalent certificate which included a clinical practice or “student teaching” component.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates who begin teaching in the 2017-18 academic year must pass an approved performance assessment or submit evidence of having passed a performance assessment approved by their issuing state in order to receive a standard “Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing”, unless the candidate holds National Board for Professional Teacher Standards or the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate designation. Candidates who did not take a state-approved performance assessment because it was not required are issued a provisional “Certificate of Eligibility”, subject to meeting other requirements. Out-of-state candidates must also pass the relevant New Jersey subject matter tests or submit evidence of passing their issuing state’s subject matter test.
New MexicoNew Mexico is NOT a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Elementary teachers with no verifiable teaching experience may be eligible to receive a one year teaching license, but are required to take and pass the Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction assessment. Candidates applying for a Level 1 License can submit evidence of completing credit hour or coursework requirements or satisfactory teaching experience in place of content knowledge assessment requirements (with requirements varying depending on licensure type.) Candidates applying for a Level 2 or Level 3 License can submit evidence of completing credit hours requirements in place of assessment requirements.
New YorkNew York is NOT a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement. The Office of Teaching Initiatives provides a comprehensive list of “acceptable types of certificates” from other states but notes that “final authority regarding acceptability of any specific certificate remains with the New York State Education Department.”NoYes. Out-of-state candidates must complete training related to child abuse identification/reporting, school violence prevention/intervention, harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention/intervention. The state has also established a minimum grade point average requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for college transcripts. Candidates not meeting the minimum GPA requirements are not eligible for licensure.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who have at least three years of “effective” teaching experience within the past five years, a bachelor’s degree and who earned a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher are not required to pass New York’s certification exams. Candidates who completed a “substantially equivalent” out-of-state teacher education program and who received an initial out-of-state license but who do not meet experience requirements must pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test, the Educating All Students test and a Content Skills Test prior to teaching, but can teach under a one-year nonrenewable conditional initial certificate while completing the edTPA performance assessment (if it is required for the certificate area sought).
North CarolinaYes. North Carolina is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates with three or more years of experience applying for the Elementary Education or Exceptional Children License and who have passed the required licensure exam from the same state in which the educator’s preparation program was completed without mathematics and reading subtests are eligible to receive an Initial License. To convert to a Continuing License, the individual can submit evidence of passing the North Carolina Department of Instruction’s Reading and Mathematics Foundations courses.Yes. All of-of-state candidates must pass relevant Praxis II subject tests. Candidates applying for Elementary Education or Exceptional Children General Curriculum Licenses must also pass the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum test. Out-of-state candidates with three or more years of experience applying for the Elementary Education or Exceptional Children License and who have passed the required licensure exam from the same state in which the educator’s preparation program was completed without mathematics and reading subtests are eligible to receive an Initial License. To convert to a Continuing License, the individual can submit evidence of passing the North Carolina Department of Instruction’s Reading and Mathematics Foundations courses.
North DakotaYes. North Dakota is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, additional coursework may be required. Among other things, North Dakota requires coursework in Native American studies, cultural diversity, strategies for creating learning environments that contribute to positive human relationships and strategies for teaching and assessing diverse learners. To be eligible for licensure, out-of-state applicants must also demonstrate completion of a professional education sequence which included supervised student teaching from a state-approved teacher education program. Applicants who have not met coursework requirements can teach under an Out-of-State Reciprocal License, but must meet coursework requirements to be eligible for an Initial License. The state has also established a minimum grade point average requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for college transcripts. Candidates not meeting the minimum GPA requirements are not eligible for licensure.Yes, but not immediately. Depending on the certification area and preparation route, out-of-state candidates are required to pass a relevant content Praxis II assessment, and may also be required to take a basic skills Praxis I and/or pedagogical test. Candidates who do not meet assessment requirements may be eligible to receive an Out-of-State Reciprocal License, but he/she must complete the requirements for full licensure (the Initial License) within 2 to 4 years. Candidates applying for the Out-of-State Reciprocal License may submit evidence of meeting their issuing state’s cut scores, if the assessment was the same, but candidates applying for the Out-of-State Highly Qualified License must meet the Praxis II cut scores established in North Dakota, even if a candidate’s sending state accepted a lower cut score.
OhioYes. Ohio is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates requesting Early Childhood, Middle Childhood or Intervention Specialist licensure must have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading that includes at least one separate course of at least three semester hours in the teaching of phonics in the context of reading, writing and spelling. Candidates who have not met this requirements can receive a license to teach with the limitation placed upon it to complete the reading coursework requirement prior to expiration. Educators must have completed at least six of the required 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading to be issued a standard teaching license in Ohio.Yes. Out-of-state applicants who have not completed a content assessment and professional knowledge/pedagogy assessment for licensure in their issuing state must take the state-approved assessments. Candidates requesting licensure in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, or Intervention Specialist must also past the Ohio Assessment for Educators Foundations of Reading exam.
OklahomaYes. Oklahoma is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. Oklahoma is not considered a “full reciprocity state” because candidates accepted under reciprocity receive a provisional certificate in a corresponding subject area. However, after a full year of successful employment in an Oklahoma school district, college or university, out-of-state candidates are eligible for a full standard certificate.NoNo
OregonYes. Oregon is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not immediately. Prior to the expiration of the Reciprocal Teaching License, candidates must apply for and meet the requirements for a Preliminary or Professional teaching license, including qualifying for an Oregon endorsement by receiving a passing score on Oregon-approved subject matter tests and passing the required “Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment” exam. A waiver to the subject-matter testing requirements may be provided if the applicant 1) provides evidence of a passing score on a subject-matter test approved by another NASDTEC jurisdiction resulting in licensure in the issuing state, or 2) can prove evidence of academic preparation satisfactory to the Commission and five years of half-time or more teaching the specific subject matter while properly licensed and endorsed in the content area requested. The Reciprocal Teaching License is issued to teachers who have completed an educator preparation program and hold an active and valid non-provisional initial or advanced teaching license in another NASDTEC jurisdiction. The license expires after one year.
PennsylvaniaYes. Pennsylvania is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates. The Department will prescribe additional educational requirements if an evaluation by the Department reveals minor deficiencies in the candidate’s preparation and experience.
Rhode IslandYes. Rhode Island is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. Although applicants can attain certification by completing an approved program for educator certification in another state in the last five years or by demonstrating that they hold a valid full certificate in another state, all individuals seeking certification through reciprocity must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the areas(s) of certification.NoYes, but not immediately. Candidates must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the area(s) of certification. For candidates prepared at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, English Language Competency testing is required. Out-of-state candidates may be eligible to receive a one-year Temporary Initial Educator Certificate if they meet all of the requirements for an Initial Educator Certificate except for the assessment requirements.
South CarolinaYes. South Carolina is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates and not always immediately. All out-of-state candidates, regardless of experience, must submit evidence of passing the content and pedagogy assessments in their state. If no tests were required for certification in their issuing state, applicants must submit evidence of passing the approved South Carolina content assessment. Applicants with less than three years of successful teaching experience within the past seven years are eligible to receive an Initial Certificate, but must also submit evidence of passing the state’s pedagogy assessment prior to receiving a Professional Certificate. Candidates meeting experience requirements are not required to take the pedagogy assessment in order to obtain a Professional Certificate.
South DakotaNo. South Dakota is not a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes. All candidates must complete a three-credit South Dakota Indian Studies course and one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training. Applicants may receive a one-year provisional certificate if they have not passed South Dakota Indian Studies. This certificate may be renewed once.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates with a categorical special education endorsement must pass the state-designated content test for a K-12 special education endorsement. Candidates with a K-8 special education endorsement must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience as a secondary teacher or pass the state designated pedagogy test for the secondary level to add the K-12 special education endorsement. No additional assessments are required of candidates meeting the requirements for reciprocity.
TennesseeYes. Tennessee is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes. Out-of-state applicants must submit qualifying scores for the content assessments required by the State Board of Education.
TexasYes. Texas is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Applicants must pass the required exams or achieve an acceptable level of performance on a comparable exam, as determined by the Texas Education Agency. Out-of-state applicants may apply for a one-year certificate to meet the state’s testing requirements. The commissioner of education can adopt exceptions to examination requirements.
UtahYes. Utah is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not for all candidates. After a review of an applicant’s college transcripts, the department determines whether the applicant must complete additional coursework.Yes. Out-of-state teachers must pass a Praxis II content test, and tests from other states are not accepted. For World Languages, an oral fluency test is also required.
VermontYes. Vermont is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.No. Although out-of-state candidates who hold a professional license from a NASDTEC state and who meet other requirements are eligible to receive a Level I Professional Educator’s License, candidates who hold a professional license in a non-NASTEC state and candidates whose category of licensure is not covered by the agreement are evaluated on an individual basis by transcript review to establish whether they meet competency requirements. Only coursework which appears, for credit, on an official transcript and which the applicant received a grade of “C” or better, may be counted toward the requirements for initial licensure through transcript review. Applicants from a NASDTEC state who are not licensed are considered for licensure as if they had completed an approved educator preparation program in Vermont. These applicants are subject to the same requirements for initial licensees awarded in Vermont including testing, criminal background checks and affirmations. Applicants from non-NASDTEC states who are not licensed may apply for licensure through transcript review.Yes, but not for all candidates. Applicants with a time lapse of ten years or more between the time of recommendation for licensure and application for licensure must meet requirements for updated knowledge and skills as established by Standards Board policy. Applicants who apply from a non-NASDTEC state are subject to transcript review to establish whether the applicant meets coursework or other requirements.Yes, but not for all candidates. Applicants from a NASDTEC state who are not licensed are considered for licensure as if they had completed an approved educator preparation program in Vermont. These applicants are subject to the same requirements for initial licensees awarded in Vermont including testing.
VirginiaYes. Virginia is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes. Out-of-state candidates seeking Initial Certification must complete training in 1) child abuse and neglect; 2) emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs); 3) and dyslexia.Yes, but not for all candidates. All professional teacher’s assessments prescribed by the Board of Education must be satisfied by out-of-state candidates with less than three years of full-time, successful teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school.
WashingtonYes. Washington is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes, but not immediately. Out-of-state applicants seeking a Professional Certificate must complete coursework or an in-service program on issues of abuse.Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Applicants must pass a basic skills and content knowledge test (or approved alternative) within twelve months of receiving a temporary permit. Candidates can submit documentation of passing a comparable out-of-state exam and be exempt from additional assessment requirements in order to obtain a Professional Certificate, candidates must also complete a performance assessment (ProTeach Portfolio). Candidates can be exempt from this requirement if they held a comparable advanced out-of-state certificate.
West VirginiaYes. West Virginia is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoNoYes, but not for all candidates. Subject to some exemptions, out-of-state candidates may be required to achieve passing scores on a test of basic skills, content specialization and professional education. Candidates who have completed three years of successful experience in a public school within the last seven years in the area for which licensure is being sought are exempt from additional assessment requirements.
WisconsinNo. Wisconsin is NOT a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.NoYes. Out-of-state candidates must have taken coursework related to minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin. Candidates applying to teach courses in economics, social studies or agriculture must have taken coursework in cooperative marketing and consumers’ cooperatives. Candidates applying to teach courses in science or social studies must have taken coursework in the conservation of natural resources. Candidates applying to to teach prekindergarten through grades six must have taken coursework preparing the applicant to teach reading and language arts using appropriate instructional methods, including phonics. Within twelve months of receiving an initial license, candidates must demonstrate competency in: 1) resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff; 2) assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils; and 3) dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations.Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who are not eligible for the License Based on Reciprocity Pathway are required to achieve passing scores on the Praxis II content assessments. Wisconsin does not issue licenses on the basis of passing a content test that was completed in another state. These candidates must also submit evidence of passing a basic skills test comparable to the Praxis CORE assessments required of in-state candidates or evidence of passing an approved college entrance examination. In addition, candidates with less than one year of teaching experience of at least one-half time employment must post a passing score on the edTPA. If a candidate completed an edTPA as part of an educator preparation program in another state and received a passing score in that state, Wisconsin will honor the score as passing. If the other state has not established a threshold for passing, the individual will need to meet the cut score established for Wisconsin. Candidates applying for a license in elementary education, special education or reading are required to pass the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin.