Topic: Teacher Licensure and Certification
Teacher Licensure and Certification
Teacher licensure and certification are core pieces of a comprehensive strategy for developing the educator workforce. Strong licensure and certification systems should scaffold up based on teachers’ demonstrated skills, competencies, and impact — and align with the pay and ongoing support they receive.
Learn more about what strong teacher licensure systems look like
- Base licensure structures on more than academic degrees, tests, and years of experience. Consider ways to more accurately identify teachers’ skills, growth and impact with students — for example, incorporating classroom observations and a variety of assessments.
- Create a tiered licensure system that teachers can advance through as they grow their skills and positive impact with students. Set multiple entry points for each level.
- For strong teachers, connect higher tiers of the licensure system to various options for advanced roles that allow them to grow their skills, support their colleagues and earn more money.
- Consider how the licensure system is part of a connected, congruent policy structure that attracts, prepares, retains and grows strong teachers.
How SREB supports states with teacher licensure and certification
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met to develop practical and effective recommendations. One key recommendation advises states to require a common set of criteria for initial licensure, regardless of a teacher’s preparation route. Read more about the Commission’s recommendations by visiting our Teacher Preparation Commission page.
SREB’s Education Human Capital Roundtables offer proposals for states on complex decisions — such as reciprocity among states, alternative pathways to certification, and the coursework, clinical experience and exams required for attaining certification. Learn more about this work and how to reach out for assistance by visiting our Education Human Capital Roundtables page.