Teacher License Reciprocity: 50 State Review

Since 2016, 11 states have passed regulations making it easier for out-of-state teachers to get their licenses.

This finding comes from a new report from the Education Commission of the States on teacher licensure reciprocity across all 50 states.

This policy report defines and provides a review of teacher license reciprocity, explores how state-specific licensing requirements impact the teacher labor market, and includes examples of national and state efforts to facilitate reciprocity.

Key takeaways include the following:

Six 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-five states plus the District of Columbia (D.C.) established differing requirements for experienced and inexperienced teachers, limiting licensure barriers for candidates meeting established experience requirements. Fourteen states plus D.C. require candidates with classroom experience to provide evidence of effectiveness in past performance, oftentimes limiting barriers for candidates who can demonstrate success.

Thirty-one states require that some or all out-of-state teacher candidates take additional coursework or training prior to entering a classroom, or within a certain number of years of teaching. Forty-three states plus D.C. require that some or all out-of-state teacher candidates take additional assessments.

Additional materials include state profiles and an interactive visualization of the data set.

Download the report and materials here: https://www.ecs.org/50-state-comparison-teacher-license-reciprocity/