Teaching Categories and Requirements
(SPECIAL NOTE: Effective January 2009, DoDEA changed its business process for rating professional teacher applications. Minimum Academic Preparation and Requirements and Information, to include State endorsements (as DoDEA determines comparable to DoDEA's teacher categories), official transcripts reflecting 50%, (12/24 or 15/30 semester hours) of the course work in the content area, AND professional teacher education (9/18 semester hours), must be considered with each position, where applicable.)
Minimum Academic Preparation and Requirements. A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association is required. Academic preparation of at least 40 semester hours (SH) in general education course work distributed over such fields as English, history, social studies, mathematics, fine arts, languages, science, philosophy, and psychology is required. In addition, a minimum of 18 SH of professional teacher education course work in such areas as learning process, tests and measurement, educational philosophy, psychology, social foundations, methods of teaching and curriculum applicable to the type and level of the position for which applying is required. (Note: Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, School Nurses, School Psychologists, JROTC Instructors, and non-certified Training Instructors are excluded from the minimum academic preparation requirement.)
Student Teaching or an Internship. Student teaching or an internship as part of an approved teacher education program in an accredited U.S. institution is required. In the absence of an approved student teaching or internship program, applicants may be given credit for one year of successful full-time employment as an educator. Since that one year of employment substitutes for a course, no credit may be given for pay purposes.
(Note: Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, School Nurses, Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, JROTC Instructors and non-certified Training Instructors are excluded from the student teaching requirement.)
Foreign Degrees and Course Work from Non-accredited Institutions. Credits or degrees earned from a foreign college or university must be evaluated prior to acceptance. Three evaluation procedures are acceptable:
- the work may be evaluated and interpreted by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc., Credential Evaluation Service, Post Office Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231-3665 or www.ierf.org/ or 310-258-9451.
- the foreign institution that awarded the degree is on a list endorsed by a regionally accredited university or on a list endorsed by a state department of education for the purpose of teacher certification in that state (this procedure will require an English translation of the transcript and a copy of the document awarding the degree, together with an authenticated list produced by an American university or a state department of education); and
- the work may be evaluated by the graduate division of a regionally accredited university and declared the equivalent of similar undergraduate or graduate work in a U.S. institution.
Graduates of non-accredited institutions may have their undergraduate work validated by admittance to graduate school and completion of a minimum of 5 SH of credit in a regionally accredited graduate college.
State or Territory Certification/License. In lieu of meeting the DoDDS minimum qualifications, applicants may be considered and hired based on a valid state or territory certificate or license in the subject area for which applying. Educators appointed based on state or territory certificates may be granted a Provisional License. A Professional License may be granted upon completion of all applicable qualification standards as stated in this brochure and two years of successful teaching experience with DoDDS.
Though the term “reciprocity” is used widely across the country, the true meaning of the term is often overlooked. Reciprocity is a system whereby a recommendation for licensure from a state-approved education training program at an accredited college or university is recognized in another state. The reciprocity is governed by the Interstate Agreement developed by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
Reciprocity is frequently misunderstood.
- Reciprocity does not guarantee that a license in one state can be “traded in” for a license in another state.
- Reciprocity does not guarantee that an educator license from one state is recognized by another state.
- Decisions of licensure through reciprocity vary from state to state and are not governed by the Interstate Agreement. An educator should contact the licensing office for up-to-date licensure testing requirements.
DoDDS Licensure. There are three types of licenses issued to DoDDS employees:
- Emergency License. This license is issued only when a fully qualified, licensed applicant is not available for the position, and the position is essential to the instructional program. It is valid for one school year but is seldom used.
- Provisional License. Newly hired educators (other than those who are issued an emergency license) will be issued a Provisional License. The Provisional License is valid for two school years. Requirements for the Professional License must be completed no later than the second school year of employment.
- Professional License. Educators who have completed two years of successful teaching experience with DoDDS and meet all qualification requirements as stated in this brochure will be issued a DoDEA Professional License.
Testing Requirements. Applicants must submit proof of achieving DoDEA's minimum scores for the required PRAXIS tests. Please note below an update in the Test Codes and Qualifying Scores for the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test only.
DoDEA Competency Tests and Qualifying Scores effective September 1, 2012:
|Competency Tests||Qualifying Scores|
|Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)|
|Grade Levels K-6||160|
|Grade Levels 5-9||160|
|Grade Levels 7-12||158|
Applicants may take any one grade level of the PLT.
|Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)**|
|Reading||177 or (CBT - 325)|
|Writing||174 or (CBT - 320)|
|Math||175 or (CBT - 320)|
|** Computer based test (CBT) scores are accepted.|
Applicants should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) inPrinceton, New Jersey, directly at (609) 771-7395, for a registrationbulletin or register on-line at: www.ets.org/praxis. The designated codenumber for DoDDS is 7077.
Exemptions to the testing requirement:
- Applicants who are fully certified by a state department of education.
- Applicants who have completed seven (7) years or more of full-time professional teaching experience.
- JROTC Instructors.
- Applicants for the positions of Guidance Counselor, School Psychologist,Speech-Language Pathologist, and Vocational Training Instructor are only required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).
- School nurses are exempt from the Praxis tests, with the exception of those nurses who also have teaching endorsements.
Extracurricular Activities. In addition to meeting the academic requirements, most positions require participation in extracurricular activities.
Specialty Areas/Skill Sets and Advanced Placement
Specialty Areas/Skill Sets
9000 – Autism
Teachers seeking endorsement in Autism must fulfill the requirements for an endorsement in Special Education and must have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours in autism specific content covering students ages Pre-K through 12th grade to include:
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (includes Asperger's Syndrome and high functioning autism) AND
Methodologies for working with children with autism such as:
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Discrete Trial Training
- Structured Teaching
Educational instruction in:
- Verbal behavior
- Language development
- Socialization/Relationship development
- Sensory Integration
Assessing and monitoring student progress.
9031 - Culinary Arts: Level 1
9032 - Culinary Arts: Level 2
Teachers seeking endorsement in Culinary Arts must fulfill the requirements for an endorsement in Home Economics or Family Consumer Science or be industry certified in culinary arts and meet the teaching requirements. In addition, they must successfully complete the industry’s two year series of summer workshops and pass the industry‘s exam at the end of each year's training. These workshops are provided through the DoDEA summer workshop offering and must be taken from this source. Certification may not be obtained by taking workshops from any other source. Those who fail the yearly exam may not teach these classes the following year. Qualified teachers are given certificates of attendance at the end of the approved workshop. Certificates of attendance and copies of final exam passing scores are required and must be sent to the DoDEA HQ Licensure Unit before the teachers become qualified to teach for DoDEA..
9034 - Lodging Management: Level 1
9035 - Lodging Management: Level 2
9036 - Lodging Management: Level 3
Teachers seeking endorsement in Lodging Management must fulfill the requirements for an endorsement in Business. In addition, they must successfully complete the industry’s three year series of summer workshops and pass the industry‘s exam at the end of each year's training. These workshops are provided through the DoDEA summer workshop offering and must be taken from this source. Certification may not be obtained by taking workshops from any other source. Those who fail the yearly exam may not teach these classes the following year. Qualified teachers are given certificates of attendance at the end of the approved workshop. Certificates of attendance and copies of final exam passing scores are required and must be sent to the DoDEA HQ Licensure Unit before the teachers become qualified to teach for DoDEA.
9037 - Cisco: Level 1
Cisco I – Teachers must be fully qualified in a second DoDEA teaching category. To teach PTI501, Cisco Networking I, instructors must successfully complete the CCNA1 and CCNA2 coursework for instructors (curriculum version 3.x or higher) at an established Cisco Networking Regional Academy or Cisco Academy Training Center (CATC). Instructors trained on curriculum versions prior to version 3.x must have successfully completed version 3.X bridge training. Cisco training certificate is required.
9038 - Cisco: Level ll
Cisco II – Teachers must be fully qualified in a second DoDEA teaching category. To teach PTI601, Cisco Networking II, instructors must successfully complete the CCNA3 and CCNA4 coursework for instructors (curriculum version 3.x or higher) at an established Cisco Networking Regional Academy or Cisco Academy Training Center (CATC). Instructors trained on curriculum versions prior to version 3.x must have successfully completed version 3.X bridge training. Cisco training certificate is required.
9040- Computer Assisted Drawing
Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) – Instructors must be fully qualified in a second DoDEA teaching category. In addition, they should be trained in the software titles of AutoCAD and/or Inventor. Instructors must show proof of required CAD training by providing a workshop training completion certificate or college transcripts.
9041 - Lab-Volt
Lab-Volt – Instructors must be fully qualified in a second DoDEA teaching category. The courses associated with the Lab-Volt equipment are PTE501 Engineering Design and Technology I and PTE601 Engineering Design and Technology II. In order to teach PTE501 Engineering and Design, it is recommended that instructors take the DoDEA Introductory Lab-Volt summer workshop. In order to teach PTE601 Engineering Design and Technology II, it is recommended that instructors take the DoDEA Advanced Lab-Volt summer workshop. Lab-Volt summer workshops are offered at the US location for the Lab-Volt company which is in Farmingdale, NJ. This is where we hold our Introductory Lab-Volt summer workshops and our Advanced Lab-Volt summer workshops.
9042 - Computer Services and Support (A+ / IT Essentials)
Microsoft A+ (IT Essentials) – Instructors must be fully qualified in a second DoDEA teaching category. The DoDEA course that teaches the skills to qualify for the A+ certification is called PTI309 Computer Service and Support. The curriculum currently used for this course is called IT Essentials. (The original curriculum name was IT Essentials I.) IT Essentials is a curriculum that is offered under the umbrella of the Cisco Networking Academy Program. Instructors who have successfully completed IT Essentials or IT Essentials I from a Cisco Academy Regional Academy or Cisco Academy Training Center (CATC) would be qualified to teach this course. Training completion certificate is required.
Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers.
9001 - Advanced Placement Biology
9002 - Advanced Placement Chemistry
9003 - Advanced Placement Physics: B
9004 - Advanced Placement Physics: C
9005 - Advanced Placement Environmental Science
9006 - Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
9007 - Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
9008 - Advanced Placement US History
9009 - Advanced Placement World History
9010 - Advanced Placement European History
9011 - Advanced Placement Government and Politics: US
9012 - Advanced Placement Art History
9013 - Advanced Placement Calculus: AB
9014 - Advanced Placement Calculus: BC
9015 - Advanced Placement Statistics
9016 - Advanced Placement Psychology
9017 - Advanced Placement Spanish: Language
9018 - Advanced Placement Spanish: Literature
9019 - Advanced Placement French: Language
9020 - Advanced Placement French: Literature
9021 - Advanced Placement German Language
9022 - Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture
9023 - Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture
9024 - Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing
9025 - Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2 Dimensional
9026 - Advanced Placement Studio Art: 3 Dimensional
9027 - Advanced Placement Computer Science A
9028 - Advanced Placement Computer Science B
9029 - Advanced Placement Economics: Micro
9030 - Advanced Placement Economics: Macro
Teachers assigned to teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses must complete, for each course they are assigned to teach, a 5-day (or its time equivalent) AP College Board sponsored or endorsed training. All current AP teachers and any teacher aspiring to teach AP courses will be required to submit verification that they have completed the required AP College Board training for each specific AP course they are assigned to teach. AP teachers who have not previously completed the AP College Board training will be required to complete and submit the appropriate training to the DoDEA HQ Licensure Unit prior to teaching an AP course.