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Interstate Licensure

Does Virginia have an Interstate Agreement which allows us to accept teaching endorsements from other states for licensure?

Yes, Virginia has signed a five year Interstate Agreement Contract with the following 44 states and the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. This contract allows us to issue licenses to applicants who hold current, valid licenses with comparable teaching endorsements (i.e., a teaching area that is the same or similar to one of the 57 teaching areas offered in Virginia).

Mid-Atlantic Regional Teachers Project (MARTP) Meritorious New Teacher Candidate Designation

The Meritorious New Teacher Candidate Designation acknowledges highly qualified teachers when they graduate from their teacher preparation institutions. This designation is not a certification, but rather an optional designation, similar to the Merit Scholar designation for high school students, to honor exceptionally well-prepared and high-performing new teachers.

New teachers who have met the rigorous criteria for this designation will be fully certified to teach in any of the six cooperating MARTP states – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – without having to meet any additional state requirements. These six states are either currently participating or are planning to participate.

The following three criteria are used for judging the quality of teacher candidates and assigning the designation of Meritorious New Teacher Candidate:

  • Performance in the professional education program;
  • Evidence of content knowledge; and
  • Evidence of verbal skills.
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