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obnoxitytheword



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: U.S. Teacher Certification Reply with quote

Hello all,

I want to earn a teacher certification in any U.S. state but I have some particularly difficult circumstances that are confusing me as to the way I should go about this.

I have a B.A. in Journalism and an M.Ed in TESOL. I have taught for the last 4 years, 3 years as a teacher assistant and this last year as a head teacher with my own classroom. Although I have a Master's and teaching experience, I keep running into the issue of not having done a teacher prep program (B.A.).

The issue is that I could get a temporary certificate in almost any state with these qualifications IF I wanted to teach in the U.S....but I don't! I want the certification to teach at an American school in South America where I currently live. I have no intention of ever moving back to the States, though most American schools abroad require U.S. teacher certification.

Does anyone have suggestions of a state in which I would qualify for certification with my M.Ed, experience, and taking exams? I don't qualify in my home state of Florida because they won't award even a temporary certification to someone who doesn't apply for and offered a teaching position in the state.

Thanks in advance,
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: U.S. Teacher Certification Reply with quote

Education licensure is highly regulated by each state in order to maintain standards and for security reasons, which is why there are specific requirements and regulations. Even then, the states have to follow teacher education/prep program regs per the US Dept. of Education.

For regular/standard teacher licensing, you need to be enrolled in a state-approved teacher prep program. Alternately, transitional/temporary licenses can only be offered at the request of an employing school district.

There's no easy way around it.
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kazpat



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure in ESL then you can get a preliminary K-5 or 5-12 ESL teaching license. It is good for 5 years of employment in Massachusetts and will therefore not expire if you don't teach in the state. You do not have to complete a teacher prep program for the preliminary license. You need a 4 year degree and to pass the subject test as well as the communication and literacy test which is required for all licensure areas.

The test is extremely difficult, it has like a 50% pass rate and the majority of those taking it have been through prep programs I imagine.

I was a licensed history teacher in Mass. who transitioned to ESL and obtained the prelim. license to teach secondary ESL internationally.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you can pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure in ESL then you can get a preliminary K-5 or 5-12 ESL teaching license. It is good for 5 years of employment in Massachusetts and will therefore not expire if you don't teach in the state. You do not have to complete a teacher prep program for the preliminary license.

The preliminary license clearly states: "Valid for five (5) years of employment" on it. Prospective employers may not accept it past those five years. It also can't be renewed; once it expires, it's done, and the holder can't reapply for a similar Massachusetts license. This is because the prelim license is meant to be for teachers apprenticing in a school district while working toward their initial license (which is renewable). It's sort of like a starter or newbie teaching qualification. Prospective employers abroad may not care that it's not an initial license, but it's something the OP needs to be aware of if she plans to change employers and/or teach in international schools well into the future.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what the license is, I have it. In the Massachusetts ELAR system it does say "valid for 5 years of employment" but does not expire, I think it says the same on my hard copy as well. True, an employer may not accept it past 5 years. But nevetheless, your information that only school districts can request temporary licenses was wrong. I highly doubt anyone can know the licensure requirements for all 50 states, therefore, I provided the OP my personal experience. Given the OP's credentials she may be able to pass the test and the preliminary license will satisify her requirements for at least 5 years.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kazpat wrote:
Nevetheless, your information that only school districts can request temporary licenses was wrong. I highly doubt anyone can know the licensure requirements for all 50 states, therefore, I provided the OP my personal experience. Given the OP's credentials she may be able to pass the test and the preliminary license will satisify her requirements for at least 5 years.

Okay. However, I was under the assumption the OP was interested in going through the process to obtain full licensure rather than one that's temporary/preliminary. But you've given her an option to consider even if it's not long term.

obnoxitytheword:

You can find a list of Teaching Certification Requirement Information by State. You might go through it state-by-state to see what's required for full or transitional licensure. It's tedious, but... Just be sure to double-check with the particular state's Dept. of Ed to make sure the info is up to date.
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RedLightning



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
Okay. However, I was under the assumption the OP was interested in going through the process to obtain full licensure rather than one that's temporary/preliminary. But you've given her an option to consider even if it's not long term.


Does any state issue a permanent license(any longer)? It was my understanding that most require teachers to 'recertify' themselves (via exams) every few years. This also does not speak to reformatting; in my state they did away with 8-12 and gave us one year to take the 7-12 test(I didn't).

*After having explained the situation, not one of the international schools I interviewed with said this would be an issue (each offered me a position).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Does any state issue a permanent license(any longer)? It was my understanding that most require teachers to 'recertify' themselves (via exams) every few years. This also does not speak to reformatting; in my state they did away with 8-12 and gave us one year to take the 7-12 test(I didn't).

Just like licensing for medical and legal professionals, I doubt so-called permanent teaching licenses exist. Since student achievement (via state-standardized testing) is tied to quality of teaching, professional teacher development and/or testing for educators along with license renewal are a given. Education reforms and curriculum aren't static; teachers are expected to show evidence of their ability to effectively meet their particular state's academic and teaching standards.
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rony albert



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there online certification too?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rony albert wrote:
Is there online certification too?

See Online Formal Teacher Certification in the USA?
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
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Does any state issue a permanent license(any longer)? It was my understanding that most require teachers to 'recertify' themselves (via exams) every few years. This also does not speak to reformatting; in my state they did away with 8-12 and gave us one year to take the 7-12 test(I didn't).

Just like licensing for medical and legal professionals, I doubt so-called permanent teaching licenses exist. Since student achievement (via state-standardized testing) is tied to quality of teaching, professional teacher development and/or testing for educators along with license renewal are a given. Education reforms and curriculum aren't static; teachers are expected to show evidence of their ability to effectively meet their particular state's academic and teaching standards.

"Permanent" or "lifetime" licensure began to disappear in the mid-80s. Neoconservatives, such as Wisconsin's Scott Walker, have recently proposed their return.
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Gringo Greg



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kazpat!

Just what I was looking for. I have teaching experience, but no certification. I think that would fit exactly what I want to do.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:34 am    Post subject: Re: U.S. Teacher Certification Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:


For regular/standard teacher licensing, you need to be enrolled in a state-approved teacher prep program. Alternately, transitional/temporary licenses can only be offered at the request of an employing school district.



This is not true in all states. I had a 2 year licenses in a state where I did not meet their requirements for full certification. I never ended up working, or even applying for jobs in that state, but I was issued the license without anyone requesting it. I would have only had to take 6 additional hours to meet their requirements, which were slightly different from the requirements in the state where I went to school.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:41 am    Post subject: Re: U.S. Teacher Certification Reply with quote

BadBeagleBad wrote:
nomad soul wrote:
For regular/standard teacher licensing, you need to be enrolled in a state-approved teacher prep program. Alternately, transitional/temporary licenses can only be offered at the request of an employing school district.

This is not true in all states. I had a 2 year licenses in a state where I did not meet their requirements for full certification. I never ended up working, or even applying for jobs in that state, but I was issued the license without anyone requesting it.

And unfortunately, state requirements can/do change.
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AGoodStory



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Re: U.S. Teacher Certification Reply with quote

BadBeagleBad wrote:
nomad soul wrote:


For regular/standard teacher licensing, you need to be enrolled in a state-approved teacher prep program. Alternately, transitional/temporary licenses can only be offered at the request of an employing school district.



This is not true in all states. I had a 2 year licenses in a state where I did not meet their requirements for full certification. I never ended up working, or even applying for jobs in that state, but I was issued the license without anyone requesting it. I would have only had to take 6 additional hours to meet their requirements, which were slightly different from the requirements in the state where I went to school.


Thank you for contributing your personal first-hand experience, BBB.

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