A teacher certification can be a difficult document to transfer. It takes an extended period of time to transmit teacher certification records to another state. Additionally, different states have different protocols for accepting teacher certification records from another state and it is important to understand a state’s policy towards accepting out-of-state teacher certification when attempting to transfer these records.
Some states accept teachers from other states on a probationary basis. Upon entering the state, these teachers are required to take and pass examinations in the subject and grade level they desire to teach. In some states, it is possible to receive an exemption from taking the state exam if you have passed a comparable exam in another state. The possibility of receiving an exemption varies on a case-by-case basis. As a result, it is important to understand the policies of the state where you are transferring your teacher certification records well in advance of when you plan to take this action.
Other states review the academic record of each individual before awarding a teacher certification. If this is the case, it is necessary that you have all your academic records in order when attempting to transfer your teacher certification to another state. It is important to understand the teacher certification requirements of the state where you are transferring your certification records so that you present all the required information when applying for certification in a different state.
It is always imperative that you allow yourself plenty of time and anticipate lots of questions during the process of transferring your teacher certification records to another state. Your undergraduate and any graduate transcripts should be readily available when you are transferring records. In addition, you will likely be subjected to a range of teaching evaluations that will take an extended period of time. Each year, there are thousands of applicants for new teaching positions in every state. By having all your transcripts in order and allowing plenty of time for your application to be processed, you ensure that the process of transferring your teacher certification records to another state will be as easy as possible.