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. Applicants cannot request Emergency certificates.

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.

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.

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.

Effective March 2019 Licensure no longer grants administrator or above school level endorsements (i.e., Principal, Assistant Principal or ISS Positions) to those not selected and hired for the position. You will have to apply for a position in USA Jobs and compete for the position before we add the endorsements to your DoDEA certificate. All internal and external applicants must apply and get selected/hired for the position of Assistant Principal/Principal before Licensure will grant the corresponding endorsements.

No. Please make sure that you choose the transcripts from the university option. There are two options of PDI, the cheap course doesn’t typically provide you with a transcript, only a PDI Grade Report, which is not an acceptable document for recertification. Typically, the more expensive option provides the coursework on a transcript through the university.

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.

DoDEA teaching certificates can be found online at: https://intranet.ds.dodea.edu/certificates/login.cfm.

  1. Open the above link in Internet Explorer or Chrome. The site will not work in Firefox, Safari or Opera.
  2. Click the "Login Using CAC " button on the right. Select your current Email certificate (where the issuer is shown as "DOD EMAIL") when prompted and enter your PIN when asked. 
  3. Download the PDF and print and/or save the certificate. 

Educators must present a copy of their current and valid Educator Certificate to the school principal/office for retention in the school files. 

The process for requesting a review to add additional teaching categories to your current DoDEA certificate can be found on DoDEA’s website https://www.dodea.edu/Offices/HR/licensure/educator-license-renewal.cfm scroll down to the area that states “Additional Teaching Categories”  and follow instructions provided.

The process and requirements for DoDEA recertification can be found on DoDEA’s website https://www.dodea.edu/Offices/HR/licensure/educator-license-renewal.cfm

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. 

Current DoDEA educators are to initiate their ASL requests through the school secretary. The school will forward the ASL requests to the District Superintendent Office (DSO) and the DSO will submit the ASL requests to manpower for approval. After approved by manpower, the ASL requests will be submitted to the Civilian Human Recourses Agency (CHRA) for processing.

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 only accepts semester/quarter hours reflected on an official transcript from a US Accredited University. Any grade reports, degree audits, completion certificates or completion reports are not accepted.

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.