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ERIC Number: ED558144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Online across State Lines. Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning. Policy Brief
Watson, John; Murin, Amy; Pape, Larry
Evergreen Education Group
Among the ways in which states attempt to ensure quality in K-12 education is by requiring that most teachers in public schools be licensed via state-level requirements that vary by state. This patchwork of requirements has not been a problem for most teachers over the last century, because so few teachers taught in multiple states concurrently. Mechanisms to allow experienced teachers to gain a license in a new state (sometimes temporarily until obtaining a permanent license) were created by many states for teachers who moved to a new location. In addition, many states created alternative licensing mechanisms for professionals with subject-area expertise who wished to switch careers and teach in public schools. Neither of these mechanisms is sufficient, however, for a new kind of 21st century professional--teachers who are teaching online and therefore reaching students in multiple states concurrently. These teachers often must go through a laborious and time-consuming process to become licensed in each of the states in which their students reside. Streamlining the teaching licensing process to allow teachers to more easily work across multiple states would increase high-quality online educational opportunities for students, and extend the reach of high-quality teachers. This policy brief explores key teacher licensing issues, and proposes an online teacher specialization that would allow a licensed teacher to teach online students in multiple states. Appended is: "Current state online learning options and teacher licensure requirements in select states." [A list of sponsors of "Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning 2014" can be found on page 2 of the attached document.]
Evergreen Education Group. 700 Main Avenue Suite E, Durango, CO 81301. Tel: 970-375-3276; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Evergreen Education Group
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Michigan; Oklahoma; Utah