I'm thinking that others in the "job seekers" category might be able to relate... Why is it so flipping hard to get a teaching license (even having met all the requirements!)? Many states require multiple months to process a license application. In order to apply for another state's license, you need the first one. In May, I sent my university my completed application package, and then they forward it to the DOE. My school said it would take 2 weeks to forward it, but it has been nearly 6 now, and it still hasn't been done. Next, after the DOE receives it, they take 4-6 weeks to process it normally (according to the website), but right now, it takes 8-10 or so (which, in all likelihood, is more like 12). AHH! In order to apply for licenses in other states, I have to have my first license, so I am in a total limbo. If I graduated in May, there should be no problem with having a license by the start of the school year! I have accepted a job in another state, pending on whether I can figure this mess out, and am going to be heartbroken if it doesn't work out. I have asked several knowledgeable professional questions about licensing and get a different answer from each one, ranging from "Oh yeah! That's no problem! You'll be fine," to "You can't be hired". I'm just so frustrated. The process is super expensive with application fees, testing fees, and fingerprinting fees, and every state requires something different. It is beyond time to have some type of standardized system that works in place. I know that my situation probably isn't all that special, but doubt that anyone outside of the education world even knows how difficult and expensive the licensing process is.