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Check out the Certification Map for information on how to qualify as a teacher in various states, average pay and how teacher pay compares to the average salary in the state.

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  1. I checked what they had for Illinois, and the history/social science requirements are incorrect.

  2. The Oregon requirements aren’t accurate, either–bare minimum boilerplate language is how the site reads to me. Oregon/Washington/California all read the same, and I know they’re different.

    Sure doesn’t look like what TSPC sends out to me every six months to remind me of what I’m supposed to be doing to keep my license going(the infamous “Birthday Greetings” letter).

    And the salary scale–only if “average” = 10 year+ teacher. Maybe. I won’t reach their stated “average” for a few more years.

  3. And wouldn’t it make more sense to give the average teacher’s income as a percentage of the average college graduate’s income rather than the average state workers income?

    The site acknowledges that a bachelor’s degree is required by all the states.

  4. Joanne,

    Thank you for the mention — it’s an honor.

    Mike, JoyceM, and NDC,

    Thank you for the comments and feedback. We recently launched certificationmap and it is very much a work in progress (though we are dedicated to improving it over time). While we already consider it the easiest to use teacher certification resource on the web, it has a lot of room for improvement, especially in terms of overall content and information on interstate certification requirements.

    I promise that we are working on these issues, but any feedback that you have about your individual states or others that you are familiar with would be MUCH appreciated.

    Further, if there are other content areas that you would like to see or that you think should be represented, please feel free to send them to me at [email protected] (or to leave them in the feedback tab on the left side of the page on http://certificationmap.com

    Thank you again for your time and thoughtful feedback.


  5. Here’s a start: in Illinois, it is impossible to be certified in or to obtain an endorsement in history alone; the only certificate available is in social studies, which covers history, sociology/anthropology, political science, geography. psychology, and economics. Certification requires coursework in at least three of those, with a concentration in one, plus passing the content area exam (the exam must be passed before student teaching). If you already have a secondary teaching certificate (grades 9-12), you can get an endorsement in social studies by completing the coursework and exam as listed above; if you don’t have a certificate, you have a few routes open to you, but most go through an approved teacher education program. It’s simpler.


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