To check a teacher's licensing status, enter the teacher's name in your state's online certification database; these searches return information on the credentials teachers present during the hiring process. You can also request certification information from the school district or from any district where a teacher has taught in the past. Teacher licensing requirements include a bachelor's degree, completion or enrollment in a teacher preparation program, and the passing of a teaching certification exam, such as the Praxis exam.
NYSED.gov's Office of Teaching Initiatives page provides a search tool to check teacher licensing status. Users can search by a teacher's first or last name. The system only returns results for teachers certified after 1983, which was the year certification records were computerized.
Secure.SBEC.State.tx.us and TEA.Texas.gov enable users to search for the teaching certification status of Texas educators. The first site, produced by the State Board for Educator Certification, provides secure certification status records; however, it does not verify these records. TEA.Texas.gov is produced by the Texas Education Agency. Its search tool requires users to enter first and last names of teachers to retrieve records and only returns names that exactly match those in the database. Teachers with TEA accounts can log in and print official copies of certificates and can obtain verification letters from the agency.
CA.gov's search tool returns information on teachers' certification, permits and credentials in California. Search options include a public search and document number search. The site also provides a secure search page that requires users to enter a person's Social Security number and date of birth. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Division of Professional Practices also offer information on teacher credentials and can be contacted by email.