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U.S. Teacher Certification for Foreign Educators

What is Teacher Certification?

Teacher certification is the process by which prospective educators get teacher licensing to teach within a given area after completing required coursework, degrees, tests and other specified criteria. You can become certified by the state in which you wish to teach, and then earn national certification accepted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

While the details for teaching credentials vary by state, see below for general certification requirements for K-12 teachers in the United States:
  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign equivalent)
  • Completion of accredited teacher preparation program
  • Those looking to teach in secondary education must complete a designated number of credentials in the specific subject areas
  • Most states require candidates to pass state teacher certification exams, as well as tests that demonstrate foreign educators’ proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Teaching Certification Based on Credentials from another Country

State  State Department of Education  WebsiteState Certification WebsiteAverage Salary
 Alaska AKwww. $38K- $82K
 Connecticut CT$36K-$76K
 Florida FLwww.fldoe.org$27k-$51K
 Georgia GAwww.gadoe.org$29K-$56K
 Hawaii HIwww.hawaiipublicschools.org$34K-$53K
 Idaho IDwww.sde.idaho.gov$21K-$45K
 Illinois ILwww.isbe.net$32K-$70K



 Louisiana LAwww.louisianabelieves.com$36K-$49K
 Maine MEwww.maine.gov$33K-$52K
 Maryland MDwww.marylandpublicschools.org$29K-$63K
 Massachusetts MAwww.mass.gov$31K-$72K
 Missouri MO$27K-$47K
 New Hampshire licensure$30K-$57K
 New Jersey$40K-$75K
 New Mexico$31K-$53K
 New York$44K-$80K
 North Carolina$28K-$45K
 North Dakota$34K-$49K
 Rhode Island$33K-$65K
 South Carolina$29K-$51K
 South Dakota$29K-$51K
 Virginia VA $37-$68K
 West Virginia$31K-$45K