A new 50-State Comparison from Education Commission of the States on Teacher License Reciprocity has been updated for 2020. Most states have policies that allow licensed teachers from other states to obtain a license in their state, under certain conditions – and a growing number of states offer special reciprocity for military spouses. However, few states provide full reciprocity for licensed teachers from other states.
- Eight states offer full teacher license reciprocity for all eligible, fully licensed teachers. In these states, fully licensed out-of-state teachers, regardless of experience, are immediately eligible to receive a standard teaching license and are subject to few or no additional requirements.
- Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia differentiate requirements for experienced and inexperienced teachers, limiting licensure barriers for candidates meeting established experience requirements. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia require candidates with classroom experience to provide evidence of effectiveness in past performance, oftentimes limiting barriers for candidates who can demonstrate prior success.
- Thirty-one states require some or all out-of-state teacher candidates to take additional coursework or training prior to entering a classroom or within a certain number of years of teaching. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia require that some or all out-of-state teacher candidates take additional assessments.
- Thirty-eight states offer special reciprocity for military spouses.