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Military Spouse Teacher Certification

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Summary

Since military families tend to move frequently, states can support spouses who are K-12 teachers by removing burdensome certification requirements that prevent them from finding teaching positions in their new state.

Key Message

Teacher certification is designed to credential an educator for an extended period. But policies can make transfers between states hard for military spouses, who must recredential every two to three years as they move.

Statistic

Nearly 70% of married service members say their spouse's ability to maintain a career has a moderate-to-large impact on their decision to stay in the military.