Emergency certification

Emergency certification is a process for school districts to fill a position when there is no candidate available who meets the state’s certification requirements. According to the State Department of Education, “Emergency certification should only be requested when the district has exhausted every option to find an appropriately certified person for the open position.” To be approved for emergency certification, a district must go through an application process proving that exhaustive efforts to fill the position with a certified teacher have been unsuccessful. All applications must be approved by the State Department of Education.

The State Department of Education issued 30 emergency certifications in 2011-21; by 2016-17, that number had increased to 1,082 through December as the state struggled to recruit and retain qualified teachers. 

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