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Appendix A1: Requirements for Initial Teaching Certification or Licensure: 2003

State Initial certificate name Subject area bachelor's Pedagogy courses required Other prescribed coursework Credit hour requirement Minimum grade point average Recency of credit requirement Practicum or student teaching Assessments
Alabama Class B Professional Educator
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
Alaska Type A Regular Teacher Certificate
 
 
X
 
 
X
X
X
Arizona Provisional License (K-8, 7-12, Special Education K-12)
 
 
X
X
 
 
X
X
" Standard License (K-8, 7-12, Special Education K-12)
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Arkansas Initial Teaching License
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
California Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
" Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
" Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
" Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
" Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Colorado Provisional License
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
X
Connecticut Initial Educator and Interim Initial Educator Certificate
X
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
" Interim Provisional Educator Certificate
X
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
" Provisional Educator Certificate
X
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
Delaware Initial License
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
District of Columbia Provisional Certificate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
" Standard Certificate
 
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
Florida Temporary Certificate
X
 
X
X
X
 
 
 
Georgia Intern Certificate
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
" Professional Clear Renewable Certificate
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
" Provisional Certificate
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
X
Guam Professional I
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
" Professional II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hawaii Hawaii Teaching License
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
X
Idaho Standard Certificate (K-8, 6-12, Special Education K-12, Early Childhood/Special Education Blended Birth-Gr. 3)
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
 
Illinois Initial License (Birth-Gr. 3, K-9, 6-12, Special Education K-12)
X
X
 
X
 
 
X
X
Indiana Standard License (K-12, Early childhood, 1-6, 5-9, K-3, 9-12, 5-12)
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
" Reciprocal License
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
Iowa Initial License
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
 
Kansas Standard Three-Year Certificate
X
X
X
  
X
X
X
X
" Conditional
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Kentucky Provisional Certificate (Intern)
X
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
Louisiana Type C or Level I Certificate
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Maine Provisional Certificate
 
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
Maryland Professional Eligibility Certificate
 
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
" Standard Professional Certificate
 
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
Massachusetts Initial License
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
Michigan Provisional Certificate
X
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
Minnesota Nonrenewable License (temporary limited license)
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
" Professional License
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
Mississippi Class A
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
Missouri Professional Classification (PC1)
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
Montana Class 2 Standard Teaching License: Elementary
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
X
" Class 2 Standard Teaching License: Secondary
X
X
 
 
 
X
X
X
Nebraska Temporary Certificate
 
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
" Initial Certificate
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Nevada Nonrenewable Initial License
X
X
 
X
  
  
X
X
New Hampshire Beginning Educator Credential (BEC)
X
X
  
  
X
  
X
X
New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE)
X
 
X
 
X
 
 
X
" Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS)
X
X
X
  
X
  
X
X
New Mexico Level I
X
X
X
X
  
  
X
X
New York Provisional License (Elementary PK-6, Secondary Academic 7-12)
X
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
North Carolina Initial License
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
North Dakota Initial and Interim Reciprocal
X
X
 
X
X
 
X
X
Ohio Provisional License
 
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
Oklahoma School License
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Oregon Initial Teaching License
 
X
X
 
 
X
X
X
Pennsylvania Professional Instructional Certificate
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
Puerto Rico Certificado Regular
X
 
 
X
X
 
 
X
Rhode Island Provisional Certificate
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
South Carolina Critical Needs
X
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
" Initial
X
X
 
X
X
 
X
X
South Dakota Two-Year Nonrenewable Certificate
X
X
X
 
X
X
X
 
" Five-Year Certificate
X
X
X
 
X
X
 
 
Tennessee Apprentice Teacher License
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
" Out-of-State Teacher License
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Texas Texas Standard Classroom Teacher Certificate
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
X
Utah Utah Professional Educator License, Level I
X
X
X
 
 
X
X
 
Vermont Level I - Beginning Educator License
X
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
Virgin Islands Professional Educator Class II
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
X
" Emergency
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Virginia Provisional License
X
X
 
X
 
 
X
X
" Collegiate Professional License
X
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
Washington Residency Certificate
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
West Virginia Provisional Professional Certificate--3 Years
X
X
X
 
X
 
X
X
Wisconsin Two-Year Minor Deficiency License (out-of-state applicants only)
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
" Regular License
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Wyoming Standard Teaching Certificate
X
X
X
 
 
 
X
X

Note: For purposes of this appendix, the term "state" refers to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Source: Title II state Reporting System, 2003

Return to Appendix A of the Secretary's Third Annual Report on Teacher Quality.