Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials?

Teacher License Reciprocity:

Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials?

September 2017


Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia provide special licensure reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials, exempting these candidates from additional coursework or assessment requirements and oftentimes immediately granting them a standard or advanced license. (This does not include states that provide special licensure mobility for teachers with National Board Certification.)
 

Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Citation/Source
Alabama Yes. Alabama has three main licensure levels: Class B, Class A and Class AA. Class B certificates are issued at the bachelor’s degree level, Class A certificates are offered at the master’s degree level, and Class AA certificates are offered at the and sixth-year/education specialist level. If a valid professional educator certificate issued by another state does not reflect a degree level, a “Supplement VER” may be requested by the Educator Certification Section. The purpose of the Supplement VER is to determine whether an applicant who is eligible for Alabama certification in an area may be offered an advanced degree level of Alabama certification in that area. Advanced degree level certification may be considered if a state approved P-12 educator preparation program leading to certification or licensure has been completed at an advanced degree level in the area of Alabama certification being offered. The program must require at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit and the transcript must post a major in the teaching field at the degree level of the program. However, if by institutional policy a major in the teaching field is not posted, verification of having earned at least 12 semester hours of discipline specific graduate credit is required. The 12 semester hours of graduate credit may not include credit for internship, practicum, student teaching, or lab experiences. This credit must have been earned prior to the date of program completion and must not have been applied to the prior issuance of an Alabama certificate in any area. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Alaska No. Alaska has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Even those teachers with advanced credentials must apply for an Initial teaching certificate until they have met the requirements for a Professional teaching certificate. Source
Arizona N/A. Arizona does not have a tiered licensure system. Out-of-state candidates who meet the requirements for licensure are granted a Standard Certificate.
Arkansas No. Arkansas has three main licensure levels: Provisional, Preliminary and Standard. Candidates not meeting the requirements for a Standard credential are granted a Provisional or Preliminary teaching license.
California No. California has two main licensure levels: Preliminary and Clear. Candidates not meeting the requirements for a Clear credential are granted a Preliminary teaching license.
Colorado Yes. Colorado has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Out-of-state applicants who meet the requirements for a Colorado license and have at least three years’ continuous licensed experience in a content area(s) comparable to a Colorado endorsement area(s) receive a Professional License. Those who meet the requirements with less than three continuous years’ licensed experience receive an Initial License. C.R.S.A. § 22-60.5-201
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Connecticut Yes. Connecticut has three main licensure levels: Initial, Provisional, and Professional. Out-of-state applicants who have completed a state approved educator preparation program and at least 20 months of successful appropriate experience within ten years in a public school system under a valid certificate, or in a nonpublic school approved by the appropriate governing body are eligible to receive the Provisional Educator Certificate. Out-of-state applicants who have at least 30 months of successful, appropriate experience within ten years in a public school system under a valid certificate, or in a nonpublic school approved by the appropriate governing body are also eligible to receive the Provisional Educator Certificate. Source
Delaware No. Delaware has three main licensure levels: Initial, Continuing, and Advanced. Out-of-state applicants who have advanced credentials are granted an Initial License.
District of Columbia Yes. The District of Columbia has two main licensure levels: Initial and Standard. Out-of-state applicants are eligible to receive a four-year, renewable Standard Credential if they 1) achieved passing scores for the DC-required basic skills, subject content and pedagogy exams, or passed comparable exams required in another state where a valid full teaching credential is held OR if they 2) hold a valid full teaching credential that is in good standing, issued in another state, achieved passing scores for comparable basic skills, subject content and pedagogy exams required in another state and present documentation verifying two years of full-time teaching experience in another state achieving an effective or equivalent rating as measured by a summative evaluation or the student growth component of an evaluation. The experience must be completed within the previous three years with the most recent year showing an effective or higher rating. Out-of-state applicants who have met all of these requirements but who have not achieved a passing score on the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching exam or a comparable pedagogy exam in another state are eligible to receive an Initial Credential, which is valid for three years and cannot be renewed. An out-of-state license holder who meets all other conditions of DC's reciprocity policy, but who was not required to pass a pedagogy exam in their sending state, may submit evidence of at least three years (within the previous seven years) of full-time licensed teaching experience in lieu of the pedagogy licensure exam. The experience must have occurred after the date the teacher preparation program was completed. Source 1
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Florida Yes. Florida has two main licensure levels: Temporary and Professional. Out-of-state applicants who can provide documentation of a valid professional standard teaching certificate issued by another state or documentation of a valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or a national educator credentialing board approved by the State Board of Education meet the requirements for a Professional Certificate. (To receive a Professional Certificate, candidates must demonstrate mastery of 1) subject area knowledge; 2) general knowledge; and 3) professional preparation and education competence. A valid out-of-state certificate can be used by applicants to demonstrate mastery in these areas.)
Georgia Yes. Georgia has two main licensure levels: Induction and Professional. Out-of-state applicants with comparable professional certificates based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program are eligible for Georgia’s Professional Certificate if they meet certain requirements. Source
Hawaii Yes. Hawaii has three main licensure levels: Provisional, Standard and Advanced. Out-of-state applicants are eligible for a Standard License if they provide verification of at least three out of the last five years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience.Out-of-state applicants are eligible for an Advanced License if they have at least five years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience within the last eight, and hold a master’s, specialist or doctoral degree or a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, among other requirements. Haw. Admin. Rules (HAR) § 8-54-9.2-3
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Idaho No. Idaho has two main licensure levels: Interim and Standard. All candidates are granted an Interim Certificate while they complete the requirements for a Standard Certificate.
Illinois No. Illinois has two main licensure levels: Educator License with Stipulations and Professional Educator License. Candidates with advanced credentials are required to meet the same licensing requirements as candidates without these credentials and are granted an Educator License with Stipulations until they do.
Indiana No. Indiana has two main licensure levels: Initial Practitioner and Practitioner. The license granted depends on years of experience, not on the licensure tier the candidate held in his or her sending state. IC 20-28-5-18
Iowa Yes. Iowa has three main licensure levels: Initial, Standard and Master Educator. Applicants with more than three years of teaching experience on a valid license and who meet all other requirements are eligible for a Standard License. Applicants with five years of teaching experience on a valid license and who meet all other requirements (including having a recognized master’s degree and meeting renewal requirements for a Standard License) are eligible for a Master Educator License. Source
Kansas Yes. Kansas has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Candidates meeting experience requirements are eligible to receive a Professional License. K.A.R. 91-1-204
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Kentucky Yes. Kentucky has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Professional. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis. Out-of-state candidates may be eligible for the Professional license if they meet certain requirements. 16 KY ADC 2:010
Louisiana No. Louisiana has two main licensure levels for out-of-state candidates: “Out-of-State” and “Professional Level 1”. All candidates are given an “Out-of-State License” until certain requirements are met. However, candidates with three years of “successful” teaching experience do not have to meet additional testing requirements after teaching on an Out-of-State Certificate for one year in order to receive a Professional Level 1 License. Source
Maine No. Maine has two main licensure levels: Conditional and Professional. Out-of-state candidates not meeting assessment requirements are granted a Conditional License. 20-A M.R.S.A. § 13013
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Maryland No. Maryland has three main licensure levels: Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC), Standard Professional I & II (SPC), and Advanced Professional Certificate (APC). Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials are granted a Professional Eligibility Certificate until they become employed in a school system. To advance to a higher tier, out-of-state candidates must meet the same requirements as in-state candidates. Source
Massachusetts No. Massachusetts has three main licensure levels: Preliminary, Initial and Professional. Out-of-state candidates with advanced teaching credentials are required to meet assessment requirements, and some may be required to take a Sheltered English Immersion course. 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 works to meet licensure requirements in the state, unless he/she fails any of the required state licensure tests. 603 CMR 7.04
603 CMR 7.05
Michigan Yes. Michigan has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Professional. 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, 2) hold a valid certificate from another state in the subject area(s) and grade levels for which he/she is seeking Michigan certification, and 3) meet the reading credit requirement. M.C.L.A. 380.1531
Minnesota No. Minnesota has two main licensure levels: One-year Restricted and Professional. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials are required to meet assessment and coursework requirements in order to be eligible for a Professional License.
Mississippi Yes. Mississippi has four main licensure levels: Class A bachelor’s level license, Class AA master’s degree level license, Class AAA Specialist degree level license, or Class AAAA doctorate degree level license. Out-of-state educators meeting Mississippi licensure requirements are eligible to receive a Five Year Reciprocity License (Class A), and may also be eligible to receive an advanced teaching credential (Class AA, AAA or AAAA) subject to meeting certain requirements. Source
Missouri Yes. Missouri has five main licensure levels: Provisional, Initial Professional, Initial Career, Career Continuous Professional and Continuous Career Education. Licensed out-of-state candidates are immediately eligible to receive the Initial Professional license, and licensed out-of-state candidates meeting experience and level of education requirements may be eligible to receive a higher level certificate. V.A.M.S. 168.021
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Montana No. Montana has three main licensure levels: Provisional - Class 5, Standard - Class 1 and Professional - Class 2. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials are granted a three year, nonrenewable Provisional - Class 5 License unless they meet the requirements for full licensure. MT ADC 10.57.411
Nebraska No. Nebraska has three main licensure levels: Initial, Standard and Professional. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials are granted a lower level or Provisional license while they work toward meeting the requirements for a Professional license. Source 1
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Nevada Yes. Nevada has three main licensure levels: Provisional, Standard and Professional. Out-of-state candidates who obtain a reciprocal license are eligible to receive a Professional License.
New Hampshire Yes. New Hampshire has three main licensure levels: Beginner Educator Certificate, Experienced Educator Certificate, and Master Teacher Certificate. Out-of-state candidates who possess a valid educator credential based on a baccalaureate or higher degree and who have at least three years of fulltime regular teaching experience in the past seven years may meet the requirements for an Experienced Educator Credential. A Master Teacher Certificate is available to candidates who have obtained national certification. NH ADC ED 505.02
NH ADC ED 504.01
NH ADC ED 504.02
NH ADC ED 504.031
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New Jersey Yes. New Jersey has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Standard. Out-of-state candidates meeting the requirements for licensure may be eligible to receive a Standard Certificate if they hold a valid certificate issued by another state and demonstrate at least two years of teaching within three consecutive years of the last four calendar years as documented by letter from the applicant’s supervisor or hold a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certificate. Source
New Mexico Yes. New Mexico has three main licensure levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Candidates meeting experience requirements or holding national board certification may be eligible to receive an advanced teaching credential. NM ADC 6.60.4
New York No. New York has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Candidates who hold advanced out-of-state and who meet licensure requirements are granted an Initial License. 8 NY ADC 80-5.8
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North Carolina No. North Carolina has two main licensure levels: Initial and Continuing. Although teachers who are fully licensed in another state and who have three or more years of teaching experience are eligible to receive a Continuing License, they must meet state testing requirements or have national board certification. Source
North Dakota No. North Dakota has three main licensure levels specific to out-of-state candidates: Out-of-State Reciprocal License, Initial License, and Out-of State Highly Qualified License. The Initial License is only granted to out-of-state candidates who have met all coursework and assessment requirements, and the Highly-Qualified-License is only granted to out-of-state candidates who received “highly qualified” status in their issuing state and who meet other coursework and assessment requirements. NDAC 67.1-02-06-01
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Ohio Yes. Ohio has three main licensure levels: Resident Educator, Professional Educator, and Senior Professional Educator. Candidates with three or more years of experience under a standard out-of-state teaching credential may be eligible to receive the five-year Professional Educator license. Candidates with less than three years of experience may be eligible to receive a four-year Resident Educator license or a One Year Out of State Educator license. Source
Oklahoma No. Oklahoma has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Standard. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials must complete a full year of successful employment in an Oklahoma accredited school district in order to qualify for a Standard Certificate. Out-of-state candidates not meeting requirements for a Standard Certificate may be eligible for a Provisional Certificate. Source
Oregon Yes. Oregon has two main licensure levels: Reciprocal Teaching License (for out-of-state transfers only), Preliminary and Professional Teaching License. If an applicant with a valid and active non-provisional out-of-state license from a NASDTEC jurisdiction fully qualifies for an advanced license, the applicant may bypass the Reciprocal Teaching License and apply immediately for a comparable license. In order to do so, the applicant must meet the prescribed eligibility requirements for a Reciprocal Teaching License as well as the requirements for the advanced license. Or. Admin. R. 584-210-0060
Pennsylvania Yes. Pennsylvania has three main licensure levels: Intern, Instructional I and Instructional II. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials may be eligible for an Instructional II license if they meet post-baccalaureate credit and experience requirements.
Rhode Island No. Rhode Island has three main licensure tiers: Initial, Professional and Advanced. Candidates with advanced credentials must demonstrate that they meet Rhode Island testing requirements in the areas(s) of certification prior to receiving full licensure. 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. Source
South Carolina Yes. South Carolina has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Candidates meeting experience requirements may be exempt from the pedagogy assessment, and upon meeting other requirements, eligible for a Professional License. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-51
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South Dakota No. South Dakota has three main licensure levels: one-year, five-year and ten-year. Out-of-state candidates must meet coursework and assessment requirements in order to be eligible for the five-year license.
Tennessee No. Tennessee has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. All out-of-state candidates must meet licensure content assessment requirements, and all eligible candidates are issued an Initial License. Candidates with at least three years of education work experience may be eligible for a Professional License after the individual has taught for at least one year (10 months) in a Tennessee public or non-public school. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-02-03-.06
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Texas N/A. Texas does not have a tiered licensure system. Out-of-state applicants with advanced credentials are required to meet assessment requirements prior to receiving the Standard License. Applicants may be eligible for a one-year non-renewable certificate to teach while completing the appropriate tests. Source
Utah Yes. Utah has three main licensure levels: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Although all out-of-state applicants must pass a Praxis II content test, applicants with three or more continuous years of previous educator experience in a public or accredited private school may be eligible to receive a Level 2 license after one year upon the recommendation of the employing Utah local education agency.
Vermont Yes. Vermont has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Professional. A licensed applicant who holds a professional license from a NASDTEC state may be eligible for a Level I Professional Educator’s License. However, 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. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1696
Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5320
Virginia Yes. Virginia has three main licensure levels: Provisional, Collegiate Professional, and Postgraduate Professional. Applicants who hold an out-of-state license and have completed a minimum of three years of full-time successful teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school are exempted from the professional teacher’s assessment requirements and may be eligible to receive the Collegiate Professional License or a Postgraduate Professional License. 8 VAC 20-22-50
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Washington No. Washington has three main licensure levels: Limited, Residency and Professional. Washington issues the Residency certificate to most out-of-state applicants. Although applicants with credentials comparable to a Professional Certificate do not have to take the performance assessment (ProTeach Portfolio), applicants must meet basic skills and content assessment requirements and complete coursework or an in-service program on issues of abuse. WAC 181-79A-257
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West Virginia Yes. West Virginia has three main licensure levels: Initial, Professional and Permanent. Out-of-state applicants who can verify a minimum of five years experience in the endorsement area(s) listed on the license may be eligible to receive a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate. Applicants 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 eligible to receive a Professional Teaching Certificate and are exempt from additional assessment requirements. W. Va. Code St. R. § 126-136-16
Wisconsin N/A. Wisconsin does not have a tiered licensure system. Out-of-state candidates who qualify for the License Based on Reciprocity Pathway are granted an Initial License.
Wyoming N/A. Wyoming does not have a tiered licensure system. Out-of-state candidates meeting requirements for licensure are eligible to receive a Standard license. Candidates not meeting requirements may be eligible to receive an “Exception Authorization” while working to complete the requirements for full licensure.

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