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Licensure is the granting of a license to practice an act or profession that requires particular credentials. Supporters of licensure argue that regulating licensed professionals in the performance of an activity (such as performing surgery or teaching in public schools) protects and serves society at large. Critics claim that licensure provides an unfair advantage to licensed members of an occupation and reduces the available workforce. This entry discusses licensure as it relates to the teaching profession.

Obtaining a Teaching License

In the United States, teachers must meet licensing and/or certification requirements before they can teach. All 50 states require their teachers be licensed to teach in public schools. Particular licensure requirements are set by each state’s board of education. Requirements vary but commonly include obtaining a bachelor’s ...

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