Because every state has different licensure requirements, a teacher or administrator who moves to a new state will need to secure a license in the new state.
Reciprocity doesn’t mean you can simply exchange your license in one state for a license in another, or that you can obtain a license in another state without meeting additional requirements.Generally, most states will accept a license from another state and issue at least a temporary license until their state-specific requirements can be completed. The stage or level of your license and the years of experience will determine what state specific requirements, if any, you must complete.
For example, a teacher with less than 3 years of experience may be required to take content exams or a veteran teacher may need to complete training in English language learning.
NASDTEC is the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. NASDTEC represents the departments of education that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
The current NASDTEC Interstate Agreement provides a common set of licensure related terminology and every state that signs the Agreement agrees to treat license applicants equally, no matter where they completed a degree program or first earned a license. NASDTEC also provides information on state-specific requirements for educator licensure.
In past versions of the Agreement, states signed on to recognize other states licenses/programs.
There may be other regional reciprocity agreements or exchanges that states participate in. Contact the state licensing office for more information.
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.