Teacher Licensure Requirements
Minimum Requirements for Initial Teacher Licensure by State

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December 2018

Requirements for teacher licensure vary by state and even within states. The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission recommends that states hold all new teachers to the same high standards and require practice-based assessments.

State Required
Basic Skills
Assessment
 

Required Subject &
Pedagogical
Assessment
 

Clinical
Experience
Requirement
Alabama Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

Praxis II Subject Tests

edTPA1

Full-time, semester internship
Arkansas None

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and Teaching OR

edTPA

Determined by education preparation provider
Delaware

Varies2

Praxis II Subject Tests

edTPA OR

Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT)

Options include:

Student teaching program

One year of teaching (≥ 91 days)

Enrollment in alternative program

Completion of special institute

Florida Florida General Knowledge Test Florida Teacher Certification Subject Exams

Options include:

Six-semester credit experience

One year of full-time teaching

Georgia Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment

GACE content area exam

edTPA performance assessment or alternative pedagogy assessment

Semester residency or internship required

Yearlong residency recommended

Kentucky Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and Teaching

One semester of at least 70 full days
Louisiana Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or ACT

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Full-year residency for traditional teacher candidates

Job-embedded internship for alternative-route candidates

Maryland Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers, ACT, SAT or GRE

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Options include:

Completion of supervised experience

One year of full-time teaching

One school year of long-term substitute teaching experience

Mississippi Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and
Teaching

Foundations of Reading3


 
Minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching
North Carolina

None4

Praxis II Subject Tests

Pearson (K-6 and Special Ed)

Determined by education preparation provider
Oklahoma Oklahoma General Education Test

Oklahoma Subject Area Tests

Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam OR the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT)

Options include:

Twelve weeks of full-time student teaching

Completion of supervised experience (for alternative routes)

South Carolina Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

Praxis II Subject Tests

Approved Pedagogy Assessments:

  • edTPA
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching
  • Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT)
Twelve weeks or 60 Days
Tennessee Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis II Subject Tests

edTPA5

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Three options:

Semester of student teaching

Internship lasting at least 100 Days

One-year, job-embedded experience

Texas Pre-Admission Content Test

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards Subject Tests

TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test

14 weeks of full-day clinical training OR internship for one full school year
Virginia Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment Praxis II Subject Tests

Praxis Reading for Virginia Educators Assessment6

Supervised classroom experience lasting a minimum of 300 Clock Hours OR One year of full-time teaching experience
West Virginia Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

Praxis II Subject Tests

Principles of Learning and Teaching

12-week clinical experience

(1) Required for individuals applying for licensure on or after September 1, 2018.
(2) Licensure applicants must submit qualifying scores for a state board-approved general knowledge exam.
(3) Required for individuals applying for elementary (K-3 and K-6) and alternate route (4-6) licensure.
(4) Degree-seeking students produce valid Praxis I Core scores at the point of program admission.
(5) Beginning January 1, 2019, edTPA will replace Principles of Learning and Teaching in certain licensure areas.
(6) Required for individuals applying for elementary and some special education certification areas.