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Certification / Licensure

Certification/Licensure

Find information on career certification/licensing in the state that you want to work. Contact the state certification/licensing office and ask what additional training or paperwork you will need to become a fully certified/licensed professional in that state.

Requirements to become a fully certified/licensed special educator, early intervention or related service provider vary greatly from state to state, as do the terms used to describe disabilities and disability categories. State certification/licensing agencies can give you specific details about the steps you need to take to become a fully certified/licensed professional or paraprofessional.

Most states have alternative routes to certification/licensure. Note that some states listed below have separate websites to describe their alternative route programs.

State Licensing Agencies

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The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has a comprehensive national database on special education teacher certification and licensure state policy.  Learn more here.

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The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center). A Cooperative Agreement, H325C080001, between the US Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Project Officer: Maryann McDermott
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Phone 703.519.3800 | Fax 703.519.3808
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