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Department of Education

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First Advisor

Wells, Philip C.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Teachers--Certification--United States


Problem: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of reciprocity for secondary teachers in the United States. Procedure: The pertinent literature relating to teacher certification and reciprocity was reviewed. A letter was sent to each of the fifty states. All of the stages complied to this request. The certification requirements of all states were compared and the findings indicated the extent of teacher reciprocity. These findings were presented in manuscript form and in a chart in the appendix. Findings and Conclusions: (1) Reciprocity is by no means universal. (2) There are nine states that grant reciprocity to all applicants who hold bachelor degrees and are certificated in their home states. (3) Three states have certification requirements that are so demanding that no teacher prepared with the minimum requirements in any other state can qualify. (4) No teacher prepared with the minimum requirements in any state can qualify to teach in all of the other states. (5) There are several states that require that each teacher take the National Teachers' Examination. Only one of these demands that the examination be taken prior to certification. (6) Five states base their entire program of reciprocity upon NOATE accreditation.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [78]-83)


ix, 83 pages




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