Teacher license reciprocity allows candidates who hold an out-of-state license to earn a license in a receiving state, subject to meeting state-specific requirements. Reciprocity agreements allow states to work through variations in licensing systems to coordinate license transfers and fill vacant teaching positions with qualified candidates. Most states have policies in place to improve reciprocity for certain teachers, but few states provide full reciprocity for all fully licensed teachers.

Education Commission of the States researched teacher license reciprocity in all states to provide four comprehensive resources:

  • State Profiles: Click on the states below to view individual state profiles detailing all 11 data elements for a single state, current through August 1, 2017.
  • 50-State Comparison: Click here to access 50-state comparisons for each of 11 data points, current through August 1, 2017.
  • NEW! Data Visualization: Click here to explore our data set through our interactive web interface.
  • 50-State Review: Click here to read an overview brief summarizing the data trends across all 50 states.


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