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What if I am already certified to teach?

The application and training process for certified teachers is the same as for non-certified applicants.

If you’re admitted to the corps and are already certified to teach the subject in the state where you’re assigned, you won’t need to retake any certification exams that you’ve already passed. However, you’ll most likely need to submit a copy of your score reports.

If you're admitted to the corps in one state but are currently certified in another, you also may be exempt from taking additional coursework during your two-year commitment, depending on certification reciprocity between states. Information about certification reciprocity can usually be found on a state’s department of education website.

If you’re assigned to a state where you’re not certified to teach, you can take the certification tests and participate in the coursework or apply to transfer your license on your own. If you’re already certified in other states, our regional offices will work with you to determine which coursework may still be required and possible exemptions from other coursework. Once admitted, you will want to speak to your regional staff for more information.