Certification Requirements - Initial and Professional

  1. Where can I find a list of the specific coursework and other requirements for each of the new certificates by title?

  2. Does the Generalist in Middle Level Education (5-9) certificate allow an individual to teach a specific subject, such as math?

  3. Once I receive my Initial certificate, I will be enrolling in graduate school. How can I find out which master’s degrees will be acceptable toward satisfying the requirements for a Professional certificate?

  4. Once I have my Initial certificate, how many years do I have to complete the requirements for a Professional certificate?

  5. Must I complete three years of teaching PLUS one mentored year of teaching in order to qualify for the Professional certificate?

  6. I hold Initial certificates in more than one subject (i.e., Childhood Education Grades 1-6and English 7-12). Must I teach for three years in each subject area to meet the three-year experience requirement for a Professional certificate?

  7. One of the requirements for the Initial certificate is the  study of a language other than English. Does this mean college study? What about language courses I completed in high school?

  8. Would study in American Sign Language (ASL) satisfy the language requirement?

  1. Where can I find a list of the specific coursework and other requirements for each of the new certificates by title?

    For requirements for Initial certificates in the new certificate titles, go to Search Certification Requirements by clicking on the icon below search for specific certification requirements   top

  2. Does the Generalist in Middle Level Education (5-9) certificate allow an individual to teach a specific subject, such as math?

    No. There are two types of middle level certificates available, intended for employment in different types of school settings:

    The Generalist in Middle Childhood Education (5-9) certificate is for teachers who teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. This certificate would be appropriate for employment in schools organized on a self-contained classroom model in the middle grades, such as a K-8 school. Teachers with a Generalist certificate teach all subjects (math, English, social studies, science, etc.) to the students in their classroom.

    The Middle Level (5-9) Specialist certificate is for teachers who teach a specific academic subject. This certificate would be appropriate for employment in schools organized on a secondary school model in the middle grades. Teachers with a Specialist certificate in math, for instance, teach math to several classes of middle level students. top

  3. Once I receive my Initial certificate, I will be enrolling in graduate school. How can I find out which master’s degrees will be acceptable toward satisfying the requirements for a Professional certificate?

    Go to Professional Certificate - Master's Degree Requirement to see the possible ways to meet the educational requirement for a Professional certificate. top

  4. Once I have my Initial certificate, how many years do I have to complete the requirements for a Professional certificate?

    The Initial certificate is valid for 5 years, during which time you must complete the requirements for the professional certificate.  top

  5. Must I complete three years of teaching PLUS one mentored year of teaching in order to qualify for the Professional certificate?

    No, the first year of teaching must be mentored, followed by two additional years of teaching experience in order to qualify for the Professional certificate. top

  6. I hold Initial certificates in more than one subject (i.e., Childhood Education Grades 1-6and English 7-12). Must I teach for three years in each subject area to meet the three-year experience requirement for a Professional certificate?

    No. An individual who holds more than one classroom teaching certificate may meet the three-year experience requirement with any three years of classroom teaching experience. For instance, a teacher who holds the Chilhood Education (Grades 1-6) and English 7-12 certificates could satisfy the experience requirement for both certificates by teaching for three years in an elementary classroom, three years as a secondary English teacher, or a combination of both.

    Please note that service in one of the three certificate areas (classroom teaching, pupil personnel service, and school leadership) may not be used to satisfy the experience requirement in either of the other two areas. top

  7. One of the requirements for the Initial certificate is the  study of a language other than English. Does this mean college study? What about language courses I completed in high school?

    There are several ways to satisfy this requirement:

    • Completion of a college course in a language other than English, as indicated on the college transcript.
    • Satisfactory performance on a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in Spanish, French, or German.
    • Passing performance on a proficiency exam offered by an institution of higher education’s foreign language department (verification required).
    • Waiver by a higher education institution of its language requirement, based on high school study, etc., as indicated on the college transcript or letter from the college registrar.
    • Graduation from a higher education institution with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, in which the language of instruction was other than English.

    *   If college credit is not received, it ca not be used to satisfy the foreign language requirements for ESL or Foreign Language certificates. top

  8. Would study in American Sign Language (ASL) satisfy the language requirement?

    Yes, American Sign Language is considered a language other than English.  top

Last Updated: December 19, 2011