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Teacher Licensing

Teacher License Types and General Requirements
Teacher license types include, Temporary, Provisional, Initial, and Professional. This page outlines the general requirements an educator would need to earn each license type.

Teacher Fields and Grade Levels
In the category Teacher, possible fields (discipline or subject matter knowledge area within a category) include biology, elementary, moderate disabilities, dance, etc. This page lists the teacher licenses broken down by field and grade level.

General Licensure Components & Requirements
Every educator license can be broken down by category, field, grade level, and type. This page defines what these are and provides basic guidance on how to identify what the requirements are for the license you want to apply for. To identify the requirements of the educator license you wish to apply for, please use our Licensure Requirements Tool.

Adding a License
This page includes information for educators seeking to apply for additional licenses. It provides an overview of the general requirements for adding a license; in a new field, at a new level, or both in a new field and at a new level. It also includes a link to our Competency Review guide.

Last Updated: December 16, 2021

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