Licensure - Early Childhood Education

This information is provided in good faith to applicants as of June 24, 2020.

Fordham University's Early Childhood Education track leads to a Master of Science in Teaching. The designed outcome is to prepare students to apply for an Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 2) within New York.

States may recognize different grade ranges for a particular subject area. If students have obtained a New York licensure, students should be aware of any grade range discrepancies between the license they hold and the out of state license they are pursuing. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves.

The table below provides a state by state breakdown of comparable licenses, including a determination of eligibility for licensure. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state specific requirements. Other licenses may be more applicable and/or require additional standards. Licensure requirements and appropriate pathways are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program.

Alabama

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Class A certification: Early Childhood (pre-school - grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited senior institution with a state-approved program.

Examination(s):

  1. Alabama Basic Skills Assessment: Praxis Core Academic Skills II;
  2. Pedagogical Assessment: Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA); and
  3. Content Knowledge Assessment: Praxis Subject Assessment II.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: 30 or more semester hours of graduate credit not used for prior-level certification.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement and at least 12 semester credits of full-time student teaching.

State Regulation: Alabama - State Department of Education Administrative Code Chapter 290

State Board: Alabama State Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Alaska

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential:

  1. Initial Teacher Certificate (1 year/2 year): Early Childhood Education; or
  2. Initial Out-of-State Teacher Certificate: Early Childhood Education.

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and
  2. State-approved teacher preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Competency Exam; and
  2. Applicable Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. 3 Semester Hours Approved Alaska Studies Coursework.
  2. 3 Semester Hours Approved Alaska multicultural coursework.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation: Alaska - Education and Early Development

State Board: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Alaska's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

Additional Important Information: Applicants must apply directly for an Alaskan teaching license, but must also hold a teaching credential from their university's state to do so.

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Arizona

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Initial Certificate or Standard Certificate: Early Childhood Education Specialty (birth - K).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Teacher preparation program in elementary, middle, or secondary education from a state; and
  2. Board-approved educator preparation program from an accredited institution offering similar training.

Examination(s):

  1. Professional Knowledge Exam: a.) National Evaluation Series (NES)/Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA); b.) Comparable out-of-state exam; or c.) National Board Certification (NBCT) exam; and
  2. Subject Knowledge Exam: NES/AEPA for the appropriate subject.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Arizona - Early Childhood Education.

Field Experience Requirements: Eight semester hours of practicum in grades 1-8 or 6-12.

State Regulation: Arizona Administrative Code

State Board: Arizona Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Arizona's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity or Direct Apply.

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Arkansas

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Standard License or Provisional License: Early Childhood/Special Education Integrated, B-K.

Accreditation Requirements: Program of teacher education at a national, regional, or Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited Institute of Higher Education.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Assessment;
  2. Praxis II Exam; and
  3. Foundations of Reading Test (K-8 & SPED only).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. Three college credit-hours in Arkansas History or 45-hour professional development piece in Arkansas History through Arkansas IDEAS; and
  2. Documentation of the professional development through Arkansas IDEAS portal: a.) 2 hours of parental involvement; b.) 2 hours of child maltreatment training; c.) 2 hours of teen suicide awareness and prevention; and d.) Dyslexia awareness.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: Arkansas - Rules Governing Educator Licensure

State Board: Arkansas Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Arkansas lacks a standalone Early Childhood Education license. The offered credential combines Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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California

What is Issued: Credential.

Name of Credential: Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential: Child Development Teacher Permit.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination; and
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam.

Certification(s): Earn an authorization to teach English learners.

Curriculum Requirements: California - Childhood Development Permit Requirements.

Field Experience Requirements: California Code of Regulations: § 80033. Intern Teaching Credentials.

State Regulation: California Code of Regulations

State Board: California Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The closest comparable grade range for California's offered credential differs from what an applicant may receive from New York State.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Colorado

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Initial Certificate or Professional Certificate: Early Childhood Education (age 0-8).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Colorado Department of Education-accepted Praxis exams;
  2. Content Area Exams; and
  3. Colorado State Board of Education-approved elementary education content exam (also required for Special Education generalists).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Demonstrated professional competencies in the target subject area - 24 credit hours.

Field Experience Requirements: Student teaching, practicum, internship required. The state may accept requirements as set by the institution.

State Regulation: Code of Colorado Regulations

State Board: Colorado Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Connecticut

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Initial Teacher Certificate:

  1. Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed (birth-K); or
  2. Integrated Early Childhood/Special Ed (Nursery - K, Elementary 1-3).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Regionally accredited institution; and
  2. Connecticut higher education institution accredited by the Board of Governors.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Assessment;
  2. Praxis II Early Elementary Exam; and
  3. Pearson Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Connecticut - Section 10-145d-429.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 6, but no more than 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Regulations of the Connecticut State Board of Education

State Board: Connecticut State Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Connecticut lacks a standalone Early Childhood Education credential. The offered credential combines Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Delaware

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Tier 1 Initial License: Early Childhood Teacher (Birth - grade 2).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited program; or
  2. State-approved education preparation program.

Examination(s): Content Knowledge Exams, such as Praxis II.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. 15 credit hours in target subject area; and
  2. Minimum 6 credit hours out of those 15 related to pedagogy.

Field Experience Requirements: Clinical Experience: 400 hours of supervised clinical experience, with at least 300 hours are directed instructional student teaching.

State Regulation: Delaware Administrative Code

State Board: Delaware Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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District of Columbia

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Standard Certificate or Initial Certificate: Early Learning.

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) approved teacher licensure program; or
  2. Teacher licensure program approved in another state accepted by OSSE.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis Core, Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or other accepted alternate basic skills exam; and
  2. Praxis II subject content exam in the area of the credential.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: District of Columbia - Early Childhood Education Requirements.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation: District of Columbia - Title 5: Education, Early Childhood Education E-1602, Adopted Rule

State Board: District of Columbia - Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Florida

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Temporary Certificate or Professional Certificate: PreK/Primary Education (age 3 - grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. State-approved teacher preparation program; or
  2. Out-of-state accredited, approved institution.

Examination(s):

  1. General Knowledge Test;
  2. Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE); and
  3. Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

Florida - Specialization Requirements for PreK/Primary Education (age 3 - grade 3) - Academic Class.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: Florida Administrative Code: Florida - Requirements for Certification in PreK/Primary Education: 6A-4.0142.

Text for individual regulations must be downloaded.

State Board:

Florida Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Georgia

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Induction - Initial Certification: Early Childhood (P-5).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. State-approved teacher preparation program; or
  2. National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), out-of-state accredited, approved institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment Program Admission Assessment (for applicants prepared out-of-state);
  2. Pedagogical Assessment: Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA); and
  3. Content Knowledge Assessment: Praxis Subject Assessment II.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

Georgia - Completion of a course in identifying and educating exceptional children.

Georgia - Content Standards for Elementary Education Program.

Georgia - Content Standards for Birth - K Program.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation:

Georgia Educator Certification

State Board:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission (teacher certification)

Georgia Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Georgia's closest comparable credential differs substantially from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Hawaii

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Provisional License: Early Childhood Education (P-K, P-3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally or nationally accredited educator preparation institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination; and
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: 30 credit hours coursework in target teaching field.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Reference Guide to Teacher Licensure

State Board: Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reason: University staff presence is required in Hawaii in order for the state to recognize a student's field experience.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Idaho

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential:

  1. Interim Certificate; or
  2. Standard Certificate: Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Educator preparation program approved by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination; and
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Idaho Assignment Credential Manual.

Field Experience Requirements: Student Teaching: Six semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Idaho - Title 33 Education

State Board: Idaho State Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Idaho lacks a standalone Early Childhood Education credential. The offered credential combines Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Illinois

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Professional Educator License: Early Education (preK-grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination;
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam; and
  3. Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: 32 credit hours in the target endorsement area.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation: Illinois - Policy Rules Currently in Effect

State Board: Illinois State Board of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Indiana

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood Education (P-3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally or nationally accredited educator preparation institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination; and
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam.

Certification(s): CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)-Heimlich Maneuver AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Certification.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. 24 Credit hours in early elementary school teaching; and
  2. Minimum 6 credit hours reading instruction.

Field Experience Requirements: Full-time student teaching for at least 10 weeks representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Indiana State Code Title 20: Education

State Board: Indiana Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Iowa

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Initial License.
  2. Regional Exchange License: [combined]-Regular Ed/Special Ed Teacher (pK-3); Teacher (pK-K).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Examination; and
  2. Subject Matter Competency Exam (Praxis or other nationally recognized assessment).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Iowa - Program of Study Standards.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: Iowa Educational Examiners Board: Chapter 13- Issuance of Teacher Licenses and Endorsements

State Board: Iowa Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Kansas

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood Generalist (Birth - Grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Examination(s):

  1. Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT); and
  2. Content Area Assessments.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Minimum 8 credit hours of coursework in graduate program coursework, completed within 1 year of application.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: Agency 91: Kansas State Department of Education, Article 1: Certificate Regulations, 91-1-203: Licensure Regulations

State Board: Kansas State Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Kentucky

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Temporary Provisional License: Early Childhood Education.

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited educator preparation institution.

Examination(s): Academic Content Assessment in applicable Content Area.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: 30 credit hours in target content area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Title 16: Education Professional Standards Board, Chapters 4-5

State Board: Kentucky Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Programs based outside of the state of Kentucky are not allowed to operate in Kentucky.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Louisiana

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Standard License.
  2. Professional License: Early Childhood (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited educator preparation institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Core Academic Skills for Educators: Pass all 3 Praxis Exams;
  2. Principles of Learning and Teaching Exams (PLT); and
  3. Appropriate Content Area Exams.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Title 28:CXXXI, Bulletin 746: Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel.

Field Experience Requirements: Placement of 270 hours, with 180 hours in actual teaching.

State Regulation: Louisiana Administrative Code: Title 28, Education

State Board: Louisiana - Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Louisiana's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Maine

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Initial Certification:

  1. Early Elementary (K-3); or
  2. Early Childhood (0- age 5).

Accreditation Requirements: Fully accredited program, state-approved teacher education program.

Examination(s):

  1. Core Academic Skills for Educators; and
  2. Praxis II Content Knowledge Exams.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Maine - Requirements for Early Elementary Endorsement (K-3).

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation: Maine - Rule Chapters for the Department of Education: Ch. 115, Part II

State Board: Maine Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Maine's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Maryland

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Standard Professional Certificate I: Early Childhood (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved teacher preparation program at an institution of higher education.

Examination(s):

  1. Core Academic Skills for Educators; and
  2. Praxis II Content Knowledge Exams.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Minimum 30 hours of content coursework from an institution of higher education in the target certification area.

Field Experience Requirements: A supervised experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school setting at the appropriate age or grade level and in the subject area for which the applicant is seeking certification.

State Regulation: Code of Maryland Regulations: Early Childhood Education Certification

State Board: Maryland State Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity or Direct Apply.

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Massachusetts

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Temporary License - 1 year, Provisional License - 5 years, Initial License -5 years, or Professional License: Early Childhood (pK-2).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. State-approved educator preparation program in a state with which Massachusetts has signed National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or other agreement; or
  2. Accredited by a Commissioner accepted national organization.

Examination(s): Pass all Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) including:

  1. Communication and Literacy Skills Test;
  2. Subject Specific Content Exams; and
  3. Foundations of Reading Exams.

Certification(s): None

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of board-approved or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited teacher preparation program aligned to the target licensure area.

Field Experience Requirements: Massachusetts Requirements for Field-Based Experience for the Initial License.

State Regulation: Massachusetts Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations

State Board: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Michigan

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Standard License or Interim License: Early Childhood PK- General.

Accreditation Requirements: Approved out-of-state teacher preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. Minimum 6 credit hours literacy instruction for certificates w/ elementary grade level authorization; and/or
  2. Minimum 3 credit hours literacy instruction for certificates w/ secondary or pK-12 grade level authorization.

Field Experience Requirements: Program based; the state accepts the requirements as set by the institution.

State Regulation: Michigan Code

State Board: Michigan Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Michigan's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Minnesota

What is Issued: License

Name of Credential:

  1. Tier I Initial License.
  2. Tier II Initial License: Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s): Passing scores on the board-approved pedagogy and content examinations aligned to the licensure area sought.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of board approved teacher preparation program in alignment with target licensure area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Minnesota Administrative Rules, Teacher and Other School Professional Licensing

State Board: Minnesota Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Mississippi

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: 2 or 5 year Reciprocity License: Elementary, K-6 + Childhood Development PreK-K (can only be added to valid elementary license).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. State-approved; or
  2. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited traditional teacher preparation program from a regionally/nationally accredited institution of higher education.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis Subject Assessment;
  2. Praxis: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT); and
  3. Basic Skills Competency Exams.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. 3 semester hours in target content area;
  2. 5 continuing education units in target content area; and
  3. Completion of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards process.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Mississippi Department of Education Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12

State Board: Mississippi Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Mississippi's comparable credential combines endorsements in grades preK-K with an endorsement in grades K-6. The credential an applicant may receive from New York State may not be comparable to this combined credential in Mississippi.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Missouri

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Traditional License or Out-of-State License: Early Childhood Education (Birth-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Examination(s): Passing scores on the board-approved pedagogy and content examinations aligned to the licensure area sought.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of board approved teacher preparation program in alignment with target licensure area.

Field Experience Requirements: Program based; the state accepts the requirements as set by the institution.

State Regulation: Missouri Rules of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Montana

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Class 5 Provisional License or Class 2 Standard License: Early Childhood (age 3 - grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Educator preparation program accredited by:

  1. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE);
  2. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP);
  3. Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Accreditation (MACTE); or
  4. State-approved program from a regionally accredited college/university.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Montana Endorsement Requirements: 10.57.412, #2.

Field Experience Requirements: Supervised student teaching experience.

State Regulation: Montana Educator Licensure Rules

State Board: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Nebraska

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood Education (preK-grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved or accredited educator preparation at an institution of higher education.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Nebraska - Early Childhood Education.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required;
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours; and
  3. Practicum experience consists of a minimum of one hundred (100) clock hours of contact with students.

State Regulation: Nebraska Department of Education Regulations for the Issuance of Certificates and Permits to Teach

State Board: Nebraska Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Nevada

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Standard License: Early Childhood Education (grades K-2).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam;
  2. Principles and methods of teaching assessment; and
  3. The subject matter exam(s) of the initial area of endorsement.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Nevada - Early Childhood Education.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least at least 8 semester credit hours of full-time supervised student teaching.

State Regulation: Nevada - NAC 391.095 Qualifications for Elementary License

State Board: Nevada Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Fordham's course of study may lack some curricular elements that Nevada requires. This potential issue is currently under review.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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New Hampshire

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Beginner Educator Certificate: Early Childhood Education (N-3).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Board approved educator preparation program in New Hampshire; or
  2. A program in another state party to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Assessment;
  2. 3 Praxis Core Exams; and
  3. Pearson or Educational Testing Service (ETS) Subject Assessment.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Content knowledge:

  1. An understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of his or her discipline(s); and
  2. An ability to create learning experiences that make the discipline(s) accessible and meaningful for learners.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: New Hampshire - Certification Standards for Educational Personnel

State Board: New Hampshire Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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New Jersey

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS): Preschool - Grade 3 Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Regionally accredited college or university. Compliance with State Professional Standards for Teachers and Professional Standards for School Leaders; accreditation through National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  2. Any other profession education accreditation body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or approved by the Commissioner.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Requirement: Praxis Core Academic Skills; and
  2. Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam: Middle/Secondary Education, Various Subjects.

Certification(s): Physiology/Hygiene requirement: in the absence of basic military training or a health/biology/nutrition course, this requirement can be satisfied by completing a 35 question test from the county Office of Education.

Curriculum Requirements: New Jersey - CEAS Educator Preparation Program Course Requirements.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: New Jersey Administrative Code- Title 6A. Education

State Board: New Jersey Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for New Jersey's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity or Direct Apply.

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New Mexico

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood, birth - preK.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Examination(s):

  1. Essential Academic Skills (Subtests I, II, and III);
  2. Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary;
  3. Elementary Education (Subtests I and II); and
  4. Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. Minimum 24 credit hours in target teaching field; and
  2. 12 credit hours must be earned at upper division.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: New Mexico Public Education Department Licensure Requirements

State Board: New Mexico Public Education Department

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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New York

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Initial Certificate
  2. Conditional Initial Certificate: Early Childhood (birth - grade 2)

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution

Examination(s):

  1. Teacher performance assessment;
  2. Content specialty test; and
  3. Multiple measures review process for the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. General Core (liberal arts, science) coursework;
  2. Content Core (math, English) coursework; and
  3. Pedagogical Core (teacher education) coursework.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution.

State Regulation: New York State Certification Requirements

State Board: New York State Education Department

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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North Carolina

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Professional Educator Initial License: Early Childhood (Birth - K).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved education program at a nationally accredited college or university.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis II Content Exams; and
  2. Pearson Testing for North Carolina.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of board approved or Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited teacher preparation program in alignment with target subject area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: North Carolina Administrative Code Title 16: Education, Chapter 6: Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board: Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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North Dakota

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Out-of-State Reciprocal License.
  2. Probationary License.
  3. Initial License, Early Childhood (birth - grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Board approved educator preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Requirement: Praxis Core Academic Skills; and
  2. Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam: Middle/Secondary Education, Various Subjects.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of a professional education sequence from a state-approved teacher education program, including supervised student teaching.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: North Dakota Administrative Code, Education Standards and Practice Board

State Board: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Ohio

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. 4 year Resident Educator License; or
  2. 1 year Out-of-State License: Early Childhood (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Approved teacher preparation program through an accredited college/university.

Examination(s):

  1. Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE); and
  2. Praxis II Content Exams.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Completion of 12 credit hours in teaching reading (9 credit hours teaching reading, 3 credit hours teaching phonics).

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Ohio Laws and Rules: Chapter 3301-23 Certification

State Board: Ohio Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Oklahoma

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Provisional License.
  2. Standard License: Early Childhood (preK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Accredited institution of higher education with an approved teacher education program.

Examination(s): Oklahoma - Competency Exam Requirements by Certification Areas.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Complete 30 semester hours or more of content course work taken at an institution of higher education in the certification area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Oklahoma - Office of Administrative Rules > View Code > Title 210 State Department of Education > Chapter 20 Staff > Subchapter 9 Professional Standards: Teacher Education & Certification

State Board: Oklahoma Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Oregon

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Reciprocal License: Early Childhood Education Specialization.

Accreditation Requirements: Approved, out-of-state teacher preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Exam;
  2. Oregon-approved subject matter test (may be waived via reciprocity); and
  3. Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: None.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of a minimum of 15 total weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Oregon - 584-420-0345: Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

State Board: Oregon Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Pennsylvania

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential: Level I Initial Certification: Early Childhood Education (pre-K-grade 4).

Accreditation Requirements: Approved preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Pennsylvania Program Guidelines.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Pennsylvania Code: Title 22 Education, Chapter 49 Certification of Professional Personnel

State Board: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Rhode Island

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Preliminary License.
  2. Temporary Initial License: Early Childhood Education (preK-2).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Pedagogy Testing;
  2. Content Testing;
  3. Knowledge of Field Testing; and
  4. English Language Competency.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Rhode Island - Certification Requirements & Applications.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Field Experience: 60 hours prior to student teaching; and
  2. Student Teaching: 12 weeks of student teaching.

State Regulation: Rhode Island Certification Regulations 2019 > Regulations > PDF Document: Title 200, Chapter 20, Subchapter 20, Part 1

State Board: Rhode Island Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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South Carolina

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood Education (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. State-approved teacher education program; and
  2. Accredited for general collegiate purposes by a regional accreditation association.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: South Carolina - Early Childhood Education, pages 10-11.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Code of Laws of South Carolina: Certification Requirements

State Board: South Carolina Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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South Dakota

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood Education (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. 3 credit South Dakota Indian Studies; and
  2. 1 clock hour suicide awareness and prevention training.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 10 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: South Dakota Teaching Certificate Requirements

State Board: South Dakota Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Tennessee

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Practitioner License.
  2. Professional License: Early Childhood Education (preK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited and approved for licensure.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Minimum 24 credit hours in target subject teaching area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Tennessee Rules of the State Board of Education- Educator Licensure General Information and Regulations

State Board: Tennessee Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

Additional Important Information: In order for applicants to apply via direct apply pathway, out-of-state educator preparation programs are required to have a partnership agreement with Tennessee. Since it has not been confirmed that Fordham has this agreement with the state, any students residing in Tennessee should apply for licensure using the credential earned in Fordham's home state of New York.

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Texas

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential:

  1. One Year Certificate.
  2. Standard Certificate: Early Childhood Education (pK-K).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited or state-approved institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis Core Series Exams; and
  2. Praxis II Subject Assessments.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Texas State Board of Education Curriculum Requirements (Various Subjects).

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Texas Education Agency Professional Educator Preparation and Certification

State Board: Texas Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Texas' early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Utah

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Level 1-3 License.
  2. Out-of-State License: Early Childhood Education (K-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Options:

  1. Nationally accredited program by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC); or
  2. Regionally accredited program.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: State accepts requirements set by program.

Field Experience Requirements: Program based; the state accepts the requirements as set by the institution.

State Regulation: Utah Office of Administrative Rules- Education, Administration

State Board: Utah State Board of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Vermont

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Initial License.
  2. Provisional License.
  3. Out-of-State License: Early Childhood Education (birth-3).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited or state-approved institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis Core Series Exams; and
  2. Praxis II Subject Assessments.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Minimum of 18 credit hours or as specified by the endorsement.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Full-time student teaching representing at least 12 semester credit hours.

State Regulation: Vermont Manual of Rules & Practices: Series 5000 - Licensing of Educators and the Preparation of Educational Professionals (see PDF)

State Board: Vermont Agency of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reason: Vermont does not have credential reciprocity with New York. Without that reciprocity, the state requires that applicants undergo a transcript review. However, Early Childhood Education is one of a few areas that are barred from approval via transcript review.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Virginia

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Provisional, 3 year license: Early/Primary (pK-3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved, regionally accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Academic Skills Assessment- Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA);
  2. Content Assessment- Praxis Subject Assessments; and
  3. Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education (5306).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements:

  1. English (shall include composition, oral communication, and literature): 12 semester hours;
  2. Mathematics (shall include algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and teaching elementary mathematics): 15 semester hours;
  3. Laboratory sciences: 15 semester hours in at least three science disciplines and at least a three credit science methods course;
  4. History (shall include American history and world history): 6 semester hours, and Social Science (shall include geography and economics): 6 semester hours; and
  5. Arts: 3 semester hours.

Field Experience Requirements: Program based; the state accepts the requirements as set by the institution.

State Regulation: Virginia Law Administrative Code- State Board of Education Licensure Regulations for School Personnel

State Board: Virginia Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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Washington

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. Residency Teacher.
  2. Professional Teacher: Early Childhood Education.

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved educator preparation program from an accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Basic Skills Competency Exam; and
  2. Appropriate Content Area Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: Complete 30 semester hours or more of content course work taken at an institution of higher education in the certification area.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Placement of 10 weeks required; and
  2. Clinical practice of at least 450 hours in classroom settings.

State Regulation: Washington - Standards for Teacher, Administrator, and Educational Staff Association

State Board: Washington - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for Washington's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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West Virginia

What is Issued: Certification.

Name of Credential:

  1. Initial Teacher Certification.
  2. Professional Certification, Early Childhood.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Examination(s):

  1. Pre-professional Skills Test - Core Academic Skills Test;
  2. Content Specialization(s)- Praxis II Content Specialization; and
  3. Professional Education- Principles of Learning and Teaching.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: 21 Semester Hours of coursework in a single content area.

Field Experience Requirements: The state defers to the field experience requirements set by the institution. Students must complete at least 12 weeks of placement.

State Regulation: West Virginia Secretary of State Administrative Law Division Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional Personnel

State Board: West Virginia Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: No Determination Can Be Made.

Federal Disclosure Reason: The grade range for West Virginia's early childhood credential may differ from what an applicant may receive from New York state.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Wisconsin

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential:

  1. License Based on Reciprocity; or
  2. Provisional Educator License:

Early Childhood, Regular Education (pK-grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved educator preparation program at an accredited institution.

Examination(s):

  1. Testing requirements for school's state;
  2. Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) or state test;
  3. Foundations of Reading Test; and
  4. Content Test (state test acceptable).

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: See Regulation PI 34.044: Early Childhood

Field Experience Requirements: Wisconsin - PI 34.023 Clinical Program.

State Regulation: Wisconsin - Chapter PI 34: Educator Licenses

State Board: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Direct Apply.

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Wyoming

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Initial License: Early Childhood (Birth - Age 8/Grade 3).

Accreditation Requirements: Approved, regionally or nationally accredited teacher preparation program.

Examination(s):

  1. Testing requirements for school's state; and
  2. Wyoming Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam.

Certification(s): None.

Curriculum Requirements: United States and Wyoming Constitution coursework or exam.

Field Experience Requirements: Supervised educator experience, through an approved educator preparation program, at the grade level(s) and in the content or specialization area(s)
appropriate to the applicant’s educational preparation and training.

State Regulation: Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board- General Regulations

State Board: Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Meets State Requirements.

Suggested Application Method: Reciprocity.

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