Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Teaching Categories and Requirements

State or Territory Certification/License. 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:

  1. 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 or 310-258-9451.
  2. 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
  3. 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.


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 that DoDEA has adopted NEW test names and qualifying scores for PRAXIS I.There is no change in requirements for PRAXIS II and both PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II must be met.

DoDEA Competency Tests and Qualifying Scores effective September 1, 2019:
PRAXIS I NEW Competency Test Name Test Code Qualifying Scores
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics.
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
5733 150
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Praxis Core exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).


PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Test Code Qualifying Scores
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 158


Applicants may take any one grade level of the PLT

Applicants should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, directly at (609) 771-7395 for a registration bulletin or register on-line at: The designated codenumber for DoDDS is 7077.

Exemptions to the testing requirement:

  • Applicants who are fully certified by a U.S. 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 PRAXIS l tests.
  • 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.