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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
 Alabama ALwww.alabamaachieves.org/https://www.alabamaachieves.org/$25K-$50K
 Alaska AKwww. education.alaska.gov/https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification $38K- $82K
 Arizona AZwww.azed.gov/https://www.azed.gov/educator-certification$27K-$48K
 Arkansas ARwww.dese.ade.arkansas.gov/https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/educator-effectiveness$31K-$49K
 California CAwww.cde.ca.gov/https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/bt/gc$33k-$60K
 Colorado COwww.cde.state.co.us/https://www.cde.state.co.us/$30K-$53K
 Connecticut CT www.sde.ct.gov  https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Certification/Bureau-of-Certification$36K-$76K
 Delaware DEwww.doe.k12.de.ushttps://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/512$28K-$59k
 Florida FLwww.fldoe.orghttps://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/staff-contact/index.stml$27k-$51K
 Georgia GAwww.gadoe.orghttps://www.gapsc.com/$29K-$56K
 Hawaii HIwww.hawaiipublicschools.orghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org$34K-$53K
 Idaho IDwww.sde.idaho.govhttps://www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/$21K-$45K
 Illinois ILwww.isbe.nethttps://www.il.nesinc.com$32K-$70K
 Indiana INwww.in.gov/doehttps://www.in.gov/doe/$26K-$51K
 Iowa IAwww.educateiowa.gov https://boee.iowa.gov/$26K-$54K
 Kansas KSwww.ksde.org/https://www.ksde.org

$24K-$47K

 

 Kentucky KYwww.education.ky.govhttp://www.epsb.ky.gov/$35K-$53K
 Louisiana LAwww.louisianabelieves.comhttps://www.teachlouisiana.net/$36K-$49K
 Maine MEwww.maine.govhttps://www.maine.gov/doe/$33K-$52K
 Maryland MDwww.marylandpublicschools.orghttp://marylandpublicschools.org/$29K-$63K
 Massachusetts MAwww.mass.govhttps://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/$31K-$72K
 Michigan MIwww.michigan.gov/mde/https://www.michigan.gov$31K-$61K
 Minnesota MNwww.education.mn.gov https://mn.gov/pelsb/$33K-$64K
 Mississippi MSwww.mdek12.org/https://www.mdek12.org/OEL$28K-$43K
 Missouri MOhttps://dese.mo.gov/https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality$27K-$47K
 Montana MTwww.opi.mt.gov/https://opi.mt.gov/Educators/$27K-$49K
 Nebraska NEwww.education.ne.govhttps://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/$41K-$54K
 Nevada NVwww.doe.nv.gov/https://doe.nv.gov/Educator_Licensure/$32K-$55k
 New Hampshire NHwww.education.nh.gov/https://www.education.nh.gov/ licensure$30K-$57K
 New Jersey NJwww.state.nj.us/education/sboe/https://www.state.nj.us/education/license/$40K-$75K
 New Mexico NMwww.webnew.ped.state.nm.us/https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/licensure/$31K-$53K
 New York NYwww.nysed.gov/http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/$44K-$80K
 North Carolina NCwww.dpi.nc.gov/https://www.dpi.nc.gov/educators/educators-licensure$28K-$45K
 North Dakota NDwww.nd.gov/espb/https://www.nd.gov/espb/$34K-$49K
 Ohio OHwww.education.ohio.gov/https://education.ohio.gov/Licensure$27K-$59K
 Oklahoma OKwww.sde.ok.gov/https://www.ok.gov/oeqa/Certification$32K-$42K
 Oregon ORwww.oregon.gov/odehttps://www.oregon.gov/tspc$30K-$66K
 Pennsylvania PAwww.education.pa.gov/https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators$28K-$64K
 Rhode Island RIwww.ride.ri.gov/https://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators$33K-$65K
 South Carolina SCwww.ed.sc.gov/https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/$29K-$51K
 South Dakota SDwww.ed.sc.gov/https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/$29K-$51K
 Tennessee TNwww.tn.gov/education/https://www.tn.gov/sbe.html$30K-$50K
 Texas TXwww.tea.texas.gov/https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/certification$28K-$55K 
 Utah UTwww.schools.utah.gov/https://www.schools.utah.gov/licensing$26K-$57K
 Vermont VTwww.education.vermont.gov/https://education.vermont.gov/educator-licensure$33K-$56K
 Virginia VAhttp://teachvirginia.org/htpps://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/ $37-$68K
 Washington WAwww.sbe.wa.gov/https://www.k12.wa.us/certification$28K-$64K
 West Virginia WVwww.wvde.us/https://wvde.us/certification/$31K-$45K
 Wisconsin WIwww.dpi.wi.gov/https://dpi.wi.gov/licensing/general$24K-$55K
 Wyoming WYwww.edu.wyoming.gov/http://wyomingptsb.com/$28k-$58k