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Licensure FAQs

It depends on the position for which one is applying. For example, if you are applying for a position as a non-certified vocational training instructor in a specialty area, then yes, such experience (minimum 2 ½ years) will generally be acceptable teaching experience for DoDEA. Otherwise, applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in Application Requirements and Information on our website and student teaching or minimum 1 year teaching experience in the subject area for which applying.

DoDEA certificates (provisional or professional) are only issued after hire into a professional part-time or full-time teacher position.

Emergency certificates are intended to support unique staffing needs, particularly when a position cannot be filled by a fully qualified, licensed applicant, and the position is essential to the school instructional program. Emergency certificates are generally issued to applicants residing in the overseas location.

No. It is apparent that you do not meet certification requirements in your state and cannot be issued a temporary/provisional or professional license. However, it is recommended that you meet the conditions of your state emergency license before applying to DoDEA. State emergency license is non-transferable nor accepted by DoDEA.

DoDEA does not generally substitute experience in lieu of the required course work, with the exception of a few teacher categories, i.e., prekindergarten, kindergarten, and vocational training instructor positions. Applicants must either meet DoDEA qualification requirements in a desired subject area or hold a current and valid state teacher’s certificate reflecting endorsement areas comparable to DoDEA.

Please visit our website to view our qualification requirements for JROTC instructor .

You can visit the Teaching Categories and Requirements to view DoDEA teaching requirements, to include noting any exemptions to our testing requirements.

DoDEA HR Staffing evaluates all ASL requests. Current DoDEA educators are to initiate their ASL requests through the school secretary for forwarding to the District HR, who in turn, will forward the ASL request to DoDEA HR Staffing for evaluation.

In the application section, if an application has green checkmarks next to all 10 sections and it has been finalized, then it has been submitted.Please monitor the QUALS section of the application regularly. This section is used by Licensure Unit to assign ratings and communicate with applicants.

DoDEA issues a Provisional certificate and a Professional certificate. The provisional certificate is issued to all newly hired educators. The provisional certificate is valid for two years. The professional certificate is then automatically issued to educators who meet the qualification requirements of the position(s) for which hired and have successfully completed 2 years in an educator position with DoDEA.

State certification is a process which verifies that educators have been provided a standardized base-level of professional knowledge and skills to work in school systems, obtained normally by completing a state-approved educator preparation program, usually at a college or university. National Board Certification is an educator credential awarded for demonstrated, exemplary teaching, outstanding community service and extensive involvement in professional activities. The credential is earned through a 1-year professional development endeavor through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) located in San Antonio, Texas. DoDEA recognizes NBPTS certification. DoDEA requires educators to possess a current and valid state teaching certificate, along with State/Board certifications.

A pending status means that an application has not yet been rated by Headquarters Licensure Unit. Due to the large volume of applications received, some applications are not reviewed until the time a vacancy occurs. Applications with a pending QUALS status are still eligible for job referral.

No. Only state teaching certificates with endorsements in curriculum areas comparable to DoDEA’s teaching categories in prekindergarten through grade 12, are accepted by DoDEA. Experience of having taught at either the elementary, middle, secondary or college level does not solely qualify applicants for positions in DoDEA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) For Current DoDEA Educators

Effective January 1, 2006, up to three semester hours of course work taken during the final four months of a renewal cycle that are not needed for that cycle may be carried over to the next renewal cycle. Hours for a single course may not be split between two renewal cycles.

Yes, a maximum of 3 Project READ credits is acceptable towards recertification. When adding new teacher categories to a DoDEA certificate, courses (especially methodology courses for the content areas) should be earned for a minimum of 2-3 semester hours.

Complete the DoDEA Certification/Recertification Worksheet and attach any new official college transcripts to your HQ Licensure Analyst via email or FAX to (770) 268-7784.

You must renew your DoDEA certificate every six years (Recertification cycle). Official transcripts must be presented to the Licensure Unit reflecting a minimum of six semester hours for purposes of Recertification. Courses are to be taken in areas related to the current teaching position or administrator assignment or divided among subject areas the educator is teaching if teaching more than one subject. Three of the six semester hours may be earned in subject areas that will qualify the educator for another position category within DoDEA.

DoDEA issues a Provisional certificate and a Professional certificate. The provisional certificate is issued to all newly hired educators. The provisional certificate is valid for two years. The professional certificate is then automatically issued to educators who meet the qualification requirements of the position(s) for which hired and have successfully completed 2 years in an educator position with DoDEA.

DoDEA has to verify that an individual has satisfactorily completed the requirements for a given professional certificate and assure the public that only properly trained individuals are allowed to instruct and administer its academic programs.