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Alternative Licensing Endorsement Areas

Applicant Information

Select an endorsement below to view its evaluation worksheet. Each worksheet outlines the way(s) in which candidates may meet content competency requirements before entering an alternative licensure program. All worksheets are in PDF format and will require the newest version of Adobe Reader to view.

*Please note: a passing score on the PRAXIS 5001 elementary education content exam is required in order to obtain an alternative teaching license with either an elementary or special education generalist endorsement.

Endorsement areas that may be earned through the alternative licensure pathway:

K-12 Endorsements:

Middle School Endorsements (grades 6-8)

Secondary Endorsements (grades 7-12):

The following endorsement areas presently are not available via alternative licensure:

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Bilingual
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education Specialist
  • Gifted Education Core
  • Gifted Education Specialist
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Teacher
  • Special Education Specialist
  • Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired
  • Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Teacher Librarian

Alternative licensure pathways are not offered for:

  • Administrators/Superintendents
    • Director of Special Education
    • Director of Gifted Education
  • Special Service Providers:
    • School Audiologist
    • School Counselor
    • School Nurse
    • School Occupational Therapist
    • School Orientation and Mobility Specialist
    • School Physical Therapist
    • School Psychologist
    • School Social Worker
    • School Speech-Language Pathologist

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