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:
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.
DoDDS Licensure. There are three types of licenses issued to DoDDS employees:
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, 2013:
PRAXIS I NEW Competency Test Name
|Core Academic Skills for Educators:Reading||
|Core Academic Skills for Educators:Writing||
|Core Academic Skills for Educators:Mathematics||
PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)
|Grade Levels K-6||
|Grade Levels 5-9||
|Grade Levels 7-12||
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: www.ets.org/praxis. The designated codenumber for DoDDS is 7077.
Exemptions to the testing requirement:
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.