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:
1) 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.
2) License in WGU’s home state, Utah:
Students who do not know to which state they will return in the U.S. typically choose to license in Utah, WGU’s home state. Information on Utah certification requirements may be found by going to the Utah Table of Contents. 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 Board of Education (USBE) in order to be eligible for a Utah teaching license. This background clearance process takes several months so we recommend starting early.
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