Topic: Teacher Licensure and Certification
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission recommended that states require all teacher candidates to meet the same high criteria for initial licensure, whether their preparation is traditional or alternative, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate. Another recommendation: Identify a continuum of teacher development and link it to the licensure system.
Policymakers set certification requirements that cover coursework, clinical practice experiences and exams. SREB offers guidance and technical assistance on these complex decisions and analyzes policies in areas such as tiered licensure, alternative pathways to certification and reciprocity among states.