Removing Certification Impediments for Military Spouse Teachers

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Key message

State teacher certification is generally designed to credential a teacher to work within a school district over extended periods of time. Policies that allow a teacher certified in another state to become credentialed in a new state require extensive documentation and may require additional testing and course work. Military spouse teachers are expected to accomplish these credentialing requirements every two to three years due to military directed moves.

Discussion points
States generally have provisional and standard certifications, with endorsements for specific subjects and specialties.

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    Bill introduced and currently active
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    State has made movement towards achieving desired outcomes; for example, entered into a reciprocal agreement to allow service member students to continue distance education courses in the state in which they are assigned, even when their education institution is not licensed in that state.
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    State has not made changes that move towards achieving desired outcomes.