The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification), is a collection of individual agreements by states and Canadian provinces. Each individual “agreement” is a statement by that state or jurisdiction outlining which other states’ educator certificates will be accepted by that state. Such an “acceptance” agreement means that the “receiving” state will issue some form of authorization allowing the inbound certificate holder to legally teach or provide service in the receiving state, provided the license issued by the “sending” state is acceptable under the agreement. However, these agreements are not necessarily 2-way, they are not a guarantee that all certificate titles will be accepted by a receiving state, and it does not necessarily mean “full” reciprocity: the educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.
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