What states require only the Praxis to be Highly Qualified to teach a subject?

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  1. Airborne

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    If I have a degree in Physical Education, I can become highly qualified to teach English or History in the state of Tennessee without having to obtain additional credit hours. All I have to do is pass the test.

    Does anyone else know of any other states that does this as well? I've been searching all day and I've ruled out five states so far because they require additional programs or credit hours, as well as a test.

    If anyone knows right off hand what their state requires for an endorsement, would you let me know. It would be nice if there was one website that explained all this. I'm just trying to figure out how to become more marketable for getting a job.
     
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    Being highly qualified is a NCLB (federal) requirement and most states don't use this as the primary determination of qualifications for teaching.

    Most states require an endorsement on a teaching certificate to teach a specific subject. By the looks of what you're saying, if someone already has a teaching certificate, then they can just take the Praxis to be endorsed in another secondary subject?

    That's not the case in Illinois.
     
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    NC is the same. I am certified in middle school math, but I only need to pass the Praxis II tests on content and pedagogy to become highly qualified in high school math as well.

    Also, I'm pretty sure TN has reciprocity with NC,so your credentials should transfer. The same is true for GA as well.
     
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    Ok an update for anyone else interested in this question:

    Virginia and North Carolina both allow you to add an endorsement by only taking the Praxis II

    Alabama allows you to add an endorsement via the praxis after you have taught there for two years.

    West Virginia and KY both require you to compete an approved education program for the endorsement.

    Virginia allows you two take 2 praxis test for middle school and teach any subject there.

    There may be minor mistakes with some of these but I've been on the phone all day asking questions.
     
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    Washington requires a educational program for an endorsment as well as does Vermont. The praxis alone wont work.
     
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    Washington:

    In addition, you need to complete the testing requirement (West-B and West-E), which is explained in the application packet. However, we would recommend you wait to register for any testing until we can tell you exactly which tests you need. You can receive a permit and teach in Washington for a year while you meet the testing requirement.
    For additional endorsements, you would need a university program verification.

    Kentucky:

    Kentucky does operate under the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, meaning that if you have completed a state-approved out of state teaching program through a regionally accredited university or accredited alternative certification program…Kentucky will recognize that program of teacher certification. If you have 2 or more years of fully certified teaching experience as a lead teacher (teaching experience in the state where you hold the license), then you are also exempt from Kentucky’s testing and internship requirements.

    In regards to your other question, Kentucky does not add additional areas of certification with passing Praxis scores in other content areas. We must have a university’s recommendation that you have completed program requirements in each area for which you hold certification. You would need to work with a college or university to complete a graduate program to add other areas of certification

    Tennessee:
    Q: Will you accept me for a license via the NASDTEC agreement? I believe this is called reciprocity.

    Tennessee has an Interstate Agreement with all states. (attachment #1)



    Q: In your state, can I become endorsed to teach English, History, and Science by only passing the PRAXIS II test or do I need additional credits?

    There is the possibility only after you have an endorsement on your license that covers 7-12 with Praxis testing.
     
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    Vermont:

    First off, to be eligible for licensure you will have to have graduated from a teacher preparation course with an endorsement in a particular area that you want to be licensed in. You will not be eligible for reciprocity because you first have to have taught 3 years out of the last 7 on a non-conditional (not provisional or emergency) license. Otherwise you will have to meet our testing requirements to apply for initial licensure. To be eligible for the other endorsements you not only have to pass the Praxis testing but you must complete the required coursework for the specialty area.
     
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    Would anyone like me to keep this updated as I find out more about the different states and adding endorsements?
     
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    New Hampshire:

    A little esoteric, and hard to understand how they do things. They do require the praxis 1 even if you have a degree and license.

    To teach the following subjects you need these qualificaitons:
    Enlgish Alternative 5 - 30 hours in the subject
    Social Studies - Alternative 5 - 30 hours in the subject
    Life Science - Alternative 4 - Only 2 courses in the subject
     
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    Thanks

    Thanks for the info, I've been trying to find it and the DOE sites can be difficult to navigate!
     
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    Kansas

    Once you are licensed in Kansas, passing the required Praxis for other subjects is all the state requires to consider you highly qualified in those subjects.
     
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    Louisiana, if you are licensed in another subject already.
     
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    Hi there Airborne,

    I take it, by the context of your original question, your from/in/around the Ft. Campbell area.

    I'm glad to get in touch with a fellow Soldier, trying to get in the same direction I am.

    I just joined these message boards yesterday...I have an original post on the Job Seekers part of the forum...trying to gain insight on the Troops to Teachers competiviness in job market.

    If you are in/around Ft Campbell, when I get back, we should put our brains together and make this work.

    As far as I've researched, most states have an alternate route to licensure, and most states have a "test" that you can take so that you can get an endorsement to teach that subject...even though you don't have the "30" Semester hours or what ever it is they want you to have. I've also found the "Repicocity" is a very loose term and is not mostly honored from state to state, in order to gain full licensure. Most states use it as an alternate route to licensure until you can meet the requirements of that state.

    I'd be eager to share what ever information I have with you...

    Good Luck in your searches!
     

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