I'm just curious what the requirements are to be highly qualified in your state. There's been a lot of talk on here lately about NCLB and it just seems to me that every state varies greatly in their rules and requirements. In Massachusetts if you have a Bachelor degree, have completed an accredited teacher ed. program, and passed all of the content exams for the area you are going to teach (there are 3 for elementary) you are then eligible to be a licensed teacher. Once you have your license you are considered "highly qualified." To remain "highly qualified" and to renew your license, you must obtain a Master degree within 5 years, but again, if you don't do that you will not be able to renew your license and will no longer be a licensed teacher in Mass. So basically, anyone who has met the requirements for a license in Mass is already automatically considered highly qualified. What is it like where you live?