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TNCompass is a web platform created by the Tennessee Department of Education that provides prospective teachers with access to comprehensive information related to licensure and educator evaluation.

Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently

This report highlights five diverse educator preparation programs  (one for urban teachers, one for early childhood education, one single-year residency program, and two dual credential) that take innovative approaches to special education teacher certification.

The Role of State Policy in Preparing Educators to Meet the Learning Needs of Students With Disabilities

This policy analysis report from the CEEDAR Center investigates the extent to which states have standards for teachers and school leaders and the extent to which these standards address what teachers and leaders need to know to effectively educate students with disabilities and other diverse learners. The report includes a section on certification policies for teachers generally, for special educators in particular, and for school leaders.

CEEDAR Center Interactive Policy Database

CEEDAR’s interactive state policy map provides information about state policies that support the preparation and development of teachers and leaders in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Each state policy profile includes information about teacher and leader standards, preparation, certification and licensure, induction, and professional development standards.

Policy Snapshot: Special Education Dual Certification/Licensure Program Examples

This policy synopsis provides brief descriptions of a selected group of dual certification programs in special education. Descriptions include general information about the program, coursework, and field experiences.

Policy Snapshot: Special Education Licensure

This policy synopsis presents information on the manner in which states license special education teachers. The first table presents information on licensure patterns for teachers of students with sensory impairments and teachers of preschool-aged children with disabilities. The second table describes how states license teachers to work with school-aged children with all other disabilities.