Topic: Teacher Licensure and Certification

Overview

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.

Publication March 20203 pages

State Policy Flexibilities in Response to COVID-19
Avoid Failing the Next Cohort of New Teachers

With colleges and schools moving online to curb the spread of COVID-19, state leaders will need to act quickly to ensure that policies do not prevent student-teachers from graduating and becoming licensed to teach in the fall. This brief includes immediate and longer-term recommendations to prevent pandemic closures from escalating the teacher shortage crisis.

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Publication November 20194 pages

State Efforts to Promote Teacher Leadership

In the face of teacher shortages, state leaders have an opportunity to explore ways of remaking the teaching profession from the inside out, rather than relying solely on short-term solutions. One strategy: teacher leadership and mentorship initiatives. This brief highlights how education leaders in six states used three levers ─ certification, pay and recognition ─ to identify and retain teacher leaders.

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Publication October 20194 pages

Alternative Certification Pathways in SREB States
Summary of State Requirements

All SREB states provide alternative routes to teacher certification, however the strategies for approving nontraditional pathways vary from state to state. This brief provides 10 examples of alternative certification programs in eight SREB states and includes recommendations policymakers should consider when designing or approving alternative certification programs.

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Publication September 2019 | 4 pages

Licensure Reciprocity in SREB States
Summary of State Requirements

This brief describes state policies for granting teaching licenses to educators from other states. Some policies are common across many states, but requirements vary significantly from state to state based on the experience level of the teacher. Clarifying requirements for recent graduates of out-of-state teacher preparation programs could improve interstate transfer.

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Blog post Matthew Smith, SREB Research Associate

Getting the Balance Right
Reconsidering the Mix of Teacher Licensure Measures

The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission called on state leaders to adopt practice-based assessments. These tests assess candidates’ readiness to lead a classroom and to apply lessons learned during coursework and clinical experiences.

Practice-based assessments have diagnostic value, meaning they provide performance data that educator preparation programs can use to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. State agencies could use the assessment data to determine how they will provide technical assistance to preparation programs.