Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers?

Teacher License Reciprocity:

Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers?

September 2017


Thirty-one states require that some or all out-of-state teacher candidates take additional coursework or training prior to entering a classroom, or within a certain number of years of teaching. Of these states, ten provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements.
 

Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Citation/Source
Alabama No. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Alaska 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. AS § 14.20.020
4 AK ADC 12.305
Arizona 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. A.R.S. § 15-532
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Arkansas Yes, 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). Source
California Yes. 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. West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 44274.2
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Colorado No.
Connecticut Yes, 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. Source
Delaware No.
District of Columbia 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. Source
Florida No. West's F.S.A. § 1012.56
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Georgia Yes, 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. Source
Hawaii 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.
Idaho Yes, 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. IDAPA 08.02.02.016
Illinois 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. 105 ILCS 5/21B-35
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. IC 20-28-5-18
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Iowa 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. Source
Kansas No. 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. K.A.R. 91-1-204
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Kentucky 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. 16 KY ADC 4:030
Louisiana Yes, 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”). Source
Maine Yes, but not for all candidates. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, additional coursework may be required. 05-071 CMR Ch. 115, Pt. I § 3;
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Maryland Yes, 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. Source
Massachusetts Yes, 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. 603 CMR 7.05
Michigan No.
Minnesota Yes, 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. M.S.A. § 122A.23
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Mississippi No.
Missouri 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. Source
Montana Yes, 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. MT ADC 10.57.410
MT ADC 10.57.424
Nebraska Yes, 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. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Chap. 21, § 005
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Nevada 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. N.R.S. 391.032
N.R.S. 391.090
NAC 391.056
New Hampshire No.
New Jersey No. 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. Source
New Mexico No.
New York Yes. 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. 8 NY ADC 80-5.8
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North Carolina Yes, 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. Source
North Dakota Yes, 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. NDAC 67.1-02-02-07
NDAC 67.1-02-06-01
NDAC 67.1-02-02-02
Ohio Yes, 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. Source
Oklahoma No.
Oregon No.
Pennsylvania Yes, 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. 22 Pa. Code § 49.171
Rhode Island No.
South Carolina No.
South Dakota Yes. 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. Source
Tennessee No.
Texas No.
Utah Yes, but not for all candidates. After a review of an applicant’s college transcripts, the department determines whether the applicant must complete additional coursework.
Vermont 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. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1696
Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5320
Virginia Yes. 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. Source
Washington Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state applicants seeking a Professional Certificate must complete coursework or an in-service program on issues of abuse. WAC 181-79A-257
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West Virginia No.
Wisconsin Yes. 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. W.S.A. 118.193
W.S.A. 118.19
Wyoming Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the United States and Wyoming Constitutions by 1) meeting coursework requirements, or by 2) passing a satisfactory examination on the provisions and principles of the constitutions of the United States and the State of Wyoming. Wyo. Stat. 1977 § 21-7-304
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