Licensure Issues As Teachers Move From State to State

This article published by Matt Barnum with The 74 spotlights an important issue I’m familiar with only through personal contacts. I’ve watched friends jump hurdles and even quit teaching because of certain states’ unfriendliness to other state’s teaching license. (I could bring up the Nashville to Atlanta pipeline again, but I won’t. Check out the post, though)

So it begs the question, is it helpful or harmful for states to make it nearly impossible to license the already licensed?

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a D.C.-based nonprofit, found that as of 2015, the vast majority of states had fairly strict requirements for certifying teachers from other states: They are usually required to take a licensure test, meet some other requirement (such as a review of college or graduate school transcripts or syllabi), or both.

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