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Adding a Grade Level to a Teacher License

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Important Notice


Educators with an invalidated Life or Lifetime license have until December 31st to revalidate their license.  Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30th. Educators will have until December 31st to complete this application for their license to be revalidated. 

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There are five different pathways an educator could use to add an additional grade range to their license.

  1. License Based on a Content Test Pathway
  2. Post-Baccalaureate Pathway
  3. Alternative Route Program Pathway
  4. License Based on Equivalency Pathway
  5. Out-of-State Pathway

To determine which of the above pathways you are eligible for, please visit the pages above and read through the information presented there. To follow the Post-Baccalaureate Pathway, contact one of our approved Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and have them evaluate your transcripts and other professional development to determine what they would require to endorse you for the additional grade levels.

If a district conducts a search and cannot find a licensed candidate, they can hire a teacher who is not licensed in that grade level if they request a One-Year License with Stipulations.  However, to renew a One-Year License with Stipulations for an additional year, the teacher must show progress towards earning the new grade levels.