Licensure & Certification

Initial teaching licensure enables you to teach in a public school without certification.  These resources provide information that explains the various requiremens and processes.  Note: many public charter schools do not require certification.

General Information About Public Education
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Public Schools

  • CalTeach Online - An excellent way to view and apply to job openings in California. You can enter a resume on their system and automatically apply to openings. Also includes a page with links to a number of other teaching job sites on the Web.
  • Council for Exceptional Children - CEC Career Connections - The only job bank on the Internet devoted exclusively to special education professionals. CEC provides three ways for employers and jobseekers to connect: a job bank; a resume database; and a consultant, trainer and expert witness directory.
  • International WWW School Registry - Research the school or the school district BEFORE you apply for a job, or prior to an interview.
  • Job Bank Portal - National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse - An excellent way to find both state-by-state and national teacher job databases on the Web.
  • - Links to teacher placement agencies, some of which place teachers in the public schools. Some of these agencies may charge a fee when they place you.
  • National database of school district addresses - Searchable database of U.S. school districts, providing addresses and phone numbers, and number of schools, teachers and students for each district.
  • National Educators Employment Network - This innovative electronic employment service is designed to match the professional staffing needs of schools with teacher applicants who can fill those positions. This nation-wide, online database provides an efficient and economical way to overcome the geographical limitations of recruitment and reach the most desirable teaching candidates.
  • Midwest Education Jobs Page - Generates a long list of current education openings, some of which are in K - 12 schools.
  • New England Association for Employment in Education - Includes events listings and job links.
  • Project Connect - Teaching and administrative job openings, mainly in the Midwest, West and South.
  • Somerville, MA Public Schools Job Listings
  • State Departments of Education - Links to all 50 states' Department of Education Web sites. Most of these contain information about certification, and some go way beyond, with school district and charter school profiles, teaching resources, and information about special programs and special needs schools.
  • - You enter your resume on their Web site, and schools search for teacher candidates. In June, 2000, there were over 3000 candidates and 1200 schools registered.
  • USTeach - A recently introduced teacher job site created by a non-profit consortium of states. As of 7/99, job listings were available for some school districts in California, Washington and Delaware.

Testing and Certification

  • The Praxis Series - State-by-State Requirements - The Praxis Series tests are taken by undergraduates seeking admission to a teacher education program or by college graduates seeking teacher certification. This Educational Testing Service Web site provides complete information on the test preparation, registration, and the tests required for certification in about 3/4 of the states.

Special Education