Virtual High Schools: Must Teachers Meet the Same Certification Requirements as Regular Classroom Teachers?
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Virtual High Schools: Must Teachers Meet the Same Certification Requirements as Regular Classroom Teachers?

This database identifies the states in which teachers at state-level virtual high schools must meet the same employment and certification requirements as teachers in brick-and-mortar schools.

Why does it matter?



Must teachers meet the same certification requirements as regular classroom teachers?
Alabama Yes. However, faculty of postsecondary institutions are allowed to teach online courses without state certification if they are faculty at a state postsecondary institution and teaching in their content area.
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes
California Yes
Colorado Yes
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes. In addition, Georgia offers but does not require a specific online teaching endorsement.
Hawaii No information available
Idaho Yes; instructors for dual credit courses must also meet postsecondary requirements. 
Illinois Yes
Iowa Yes
Kentucky Yes. No additional information is available on the requirements for postsecondary instructors.
Louisiana Yes
Maryland Yes
Michigan Yes
Mississippi No information available.
Missouri Yes
New Mexico Yes
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota Yes
Oregon Yes
South Carolina Yes
South Dakota Yes
Texas Yes
Utah Yes
Virginia Yes
West Virginia No
Wisconsin Yes

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