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Licensure in Other States

Vanderbilt recommends that each licensure candidate seek licensure in Tennessee so candidates can then transfer the Tennessee license to the state where they plan to teach. Students should be aware that each state has its own set of requirements and that our program requirements are designed to ensure eligibility of a teaching license in Tennessee. Generally there are three ways to qualify for a license in another state based on a Tennessee license:

  1. NASDTEC Interstate Agreement (Interstate Agreement Documents). Please note that a NASDTEC Interstate Agreement is not necessarily full reciprocity. The educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.
  2. Recognition of a CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accredited program. (Some states will recognize a license based on completion of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by CAEP, even if they do not recognize contract states.) Vanderbilt is CAEP accredited.
  3. Some states still analyze transcripts. That means they do not have agreements/contracts with other states or with CAEP, and their state department of education staff will review the transcripts of an applicant for a teaching license. (If you are planning to move to a state that analyzes transcripts please be sure to consider requirements for that state during program completion. Important things to know include whether the state will accept classes taken as pass/fail and course requirements for the license you are seeking).

You should be able to print application materials from the state’s Department of Education website. The application may include a form titled something similar to “College Recommendation” or “University Verification,” etc. If there is such a form (requiring signature of a dean or certification officer), send the form to Peabody’s Office of Teacher Licensure for completion.

States in which our programs meet the educational requirements for professional licensure

Due to the current NASDTEC Interstate Agreement our programs meet most, if not all, requirements in 47 of the 50 states. Those states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also currently meet requirements for New York, New Mexico, and South Dakota as of June 2020.

As mentioned above, you may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state. We encourage you to visit the Department of Education website for each state you would like to seek certification in to learn about requirements.

*If you are completing a program in Special Education and planning to teach in Pennsylvania please be aware that the state also requires a content area certification.