Create Your Plan
Create Your Plan
In addition to the degree and course work requirements for licensure, all states have other requirements that must be met to earn an educator license or endorsement. You should be familiar with these requirements based on the licensure research you've completed.
Review, Review, and Review Again
State laws, regulations, and rules can change—and they do. It's important to review licensing requirements at least a couple of times each year. If something changes, contact your academic advising team right away.
Some states have unique course work requirements. Work with your advising team to make sure your academic plan aligns with the requirements you're attempting to meet. Some courses may have to be completed outside of Capella, either during or after your program. Be sure you understand when and where you'll be completing these required courses.
Remember, you're ultimately responsible for ensuring you can fulfill state licensure requirements. Take ownership and get to work on meeting those requirements right away
Background Checks and Fingerprinting
Do you have anything in your personal or professional background that could prevent you from working in a school setting? Background checks are required in every state, but just like everything else, the requirements can vary. Some things that may be barriers to obtaining an educator license include medical conditions that limit the ability to work in a classroom or school with reasonable skill and safety, chemical substance use within the past 2 years, past or current diagnosis of a sexual disorder, conviction of certain crimes, or being named in a civil lawsuit.
As soon as you enroll, start planning for any internships or field experiences that are part of your program. If you're not currently working in a school setting, start working on securing a location right away. See the field experiences for more details and tips.
Most states require specific examinations for educator licensing. Again, be sure to know what your state requires. Most can be taken at testing centers throughout the state Registration is typically done online. Exams are typically taken after you graduate from a degree program, but some may be required before or during the program.
Several states have additional requirements, such as CPR training, tuberculosis testing, or English as a second language training. Be sure you plan for where and when you will complete these requirements.
Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is learners' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state.