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NASDTEC Interstate Agreement (Overview)

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification provides specific requirements for certification reciprocity between all 50 states.


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Degree-seeking students and alumni can count on Career Services and Alumni Relations to provide advice on résumé writing, job searching, and interview preparation. You can receive personalized career coaching focusing on potential career paths related to your program, as well as strategies to help you put your best foot forward.

While Ashford University does NOT currently offer an online program that leads to standard teacher certification, Career Services and the College of Education have compiled several resources to assist you in pursuing your path toward becoming a certified teacher.

  • One specific resource you should be aware of is the Teacher Certification Action Plan (TCAP) found below on the right. This plan outlines tasks to help you conduct research about the certification process in your state, and it will ensure you are informed and strategic as you pursue certification in your target state.
  • Work with your College Advisor to complete the tasks suggested in this action plan. If you have done all of the things listed on your TCAP and you are still feeling unsure or need more guidance, please contact your College Advisor and request that he/she schedule an individual appointment with a Career Services College of Education Liaison.
  • Your Career Services liaison will personally help you complete your plan, as well as connect you to the many services that Ashford University has available to assist your transition into the 21st century workforce.

Please be aware that your College Advisor will not schedule an individual appointment until you have made some substantial progress on your TCAP. Please take the time to be proactive in securing your own bright future by completing the suggested tasks on this action plan PRIOR to requesting an individual appointment with a Career Services College of Education Liaison.

Best of luck,
Career and Alumni Services Team

An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

** The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Alabama Students:
Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-353-8567 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as administrator in a P-12 school system(s).

Hawaii Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Hawaii. In Hawaii, an alternative route to certification is not available..

Kentucky Residents: Please be advised that although Ashford University College of Education offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing potential educators in diverse settings, our K-12 educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at

Missouri Students: Contact the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Routes to Certification at 573-751-0051 or at to teacher certification in to verify additional coursework and/or other requirements and how those requirements can be met in Missouri.

Washington Residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

School Performance Fact Sheet – California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

NASDTEC Interstate Agreement (Details) National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

As of June 2012, many states have signed an agreement to offer conditional reciprocity to licensed teachers from any of the other interstate agreement signees. Click this link to learn more about the states who signed the agreement and for an explanation of conditional reciprocity.

Certification Map

Certification Map is a comprehensive resource for teacher certification information. It provides state specific information on how to become a teacher, teacher salaries, teaching credentials, teacher certification tests, alternative teacher certification, and teaching certificate reciprocity.

Certification Requirements for all 50 States

This site offers links to each of the fifty state’s Departments of Education. It also provides some common requirements for traditional Teaching Certification.

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This interactive site is dedicated to providing information on teacher preparation programs, licensure, and employment opportunities, resume posting, etc. This site is a one stop shop for guidance in all 50 states concerning the K-12 education arena.

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NOTE: Also reference the Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions

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