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Alternative Licensing Endorsement Areas

Applicant Information

Click on the evaluation worksheets below. These worksheets provide information on the way(s) in which candidates must 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 for Elementary Education and Special Education Generalist, passage of the PRAXIS 5001 elementary education content assessment is required to obtain an alternative teaching license.

The endorsement areas that can be earned through the alternative licensure pathway are:

K-12 Endorsements:

Secondary Endorsements (grades 7-12):

These endorsement areas are not currently available through an alternative licensure pathway:

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

Alternative Licensure pathways are not offered for:

  • Superintendents
  • 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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