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Teaching Certificate Reciprocity

Many states participate in reciprocity agreements allowing for the transfer of teaching credentials from one state to another. Reciprocity essentially means “mutual exchange of privileges”. However, reciprocity is not automatic. You will need to submit to the Department of Education in your state of interest the following items:
  • Transcripts from Wheeling Jesuit University’s ACT program
  • Transcripts from any teacher preparation work you may have transferred into the ACT program
  • The West Virginia Teacher’s Certificate you will receive after you have completed the ACT program and results of the Praxis II exam in your chosen concentration.
Most states will then grant you a certificate/license to teach, however there may be additional requirements that a state may require a teacher candidate to complete during a time period determined by the state. Generally, the teacher is allowed to teach during this stipulated time.

It is up to each individual candidate for licensure to learn what their state’s requirements are and to make a plan to complete them.  To help you in the process, we have put together the following resources.

DIRECTORY of State Department of Education Websites:

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana South Carolina
Arizona Maine South Dakota
Arkansas Maryland Ohio
California Massachusetts Oklahoma
Colorado Michigan Oregon
Connecticut Minnesota Pennsylvania
District of Columbia Mississippi Rhode Island
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming

Directory of out-of-state certification policies:

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana South Carolina
Arizona Maine South Dakota
Arkansas Maryland Ohio
California Massachusetts Oklahoma
Colorado Michigan Oregon
Connecticut Minnesota Pennsylvania
District of Columbia Mississippi Rhode Island
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming

This information is provided solely as an additional resource, and may not represent the most current information. Please consult with your State Department of Education to learn more.


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