Licensing Options for Students Living in Overseas Department of Defense Installations
WGU students who live overseas at Department of Defense (DoD) installations sometimes wish to pursue different licensing goals than if they were living in the United States. It is important to know the state in which you intend to obtain your initial teaching license. Knowing your licensure state will help you plan ahead for the necessary exams and other requirements. If you wish to obtain a DoD teaching license, you must first obtain an initial teaching license from a U.S. state or territory and then apply for a reciprocal license from the DoD. Please refer to the article on Department of Defense Teacher Certification Information via this link for more information about getting a DoD teaching license.
Below are the options for students living overseas at Department of Defense (DoD) installations to obtain an initial teaching license:
A. License in your home state
Students who wish to license in their home state must complete the program and exam requirements for that state. Information on certification requirements may be found by going to the WGU student handbook and clicking on the Table of Contents link for the state where you wish to license. Review the articles on Certification Requirements, Certification and Exam Requirements for your program, and the Certification Application Instructions for your state.
B. License in WGU’s home state of Utah
Students who do not know where they will live and work when they return to the U.S. typically choose to license in WGU’s home state of Utah. Information on Utah certification requirements may be found by going to the WGU student handbook and clicking on the Table of Contents link for Utah. Review the articles on Certification Requirements, Certification and Exam Requirements for your program, and the Certification Application Instructions. You must obtain a background clearance through the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) in order to be eligible for a Utah teaching license. This background clearance process takes several months so we recommend starting early.
C. Special Considerations related to a Teacher Performance Assessment
Students enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program intending to license in a state requiring edTPA to meet either licensure or WGU program requirements must complete a Teacher Performance Assessment during demonstration teaching. Teacher Performance Assessments require a video taped component, but the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) prohibits video recording in classrooms. If you intend to complete field experiences in a DODEA school, you will need to complete an established Teacher Performance Assessment alternative. For more information about the Teacher Performance Assessment alternative, please e-mail edTPA@wgu.edu (or MoPTA@wgu.edu for Missouri students).
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