Are Alternative Licenses of limited value in the long term?

Discussion in 'Education, Teaching and related degrees' started by Pelican, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    I have an Alternative License to teach. It expires in 10 years, but is renewable. I was inquiring with a WGU recruiter about some of their teacher programs, and they tried to talk me into doing their license program, so that I have a "legitimate" license. They said the job market can change, and they have a lot of people applying to their program who were working as a teacher on an Alternative License and were forced to get a license from WGU to keep their jobs. They also warned that Alternative Licenses cannot transfer to other states. Is there any truth to any of this? I have never heard of any of this before. The principal at my school even has an Alternative License, so I am skeptical of what they were saying.
  2. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

  3. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    I think if I move to a state, my 4 years of experience will mean reciprocity in almost every state. They told me some employers changed the requirements while people worked there. Have you heard of that?
  4. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    This one is tough because it's likely state specific. Best you can do is contact the state ED/licensing department of the state you're planning to move to.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I'm unsure what you mean. I know that there are alternative routes to teaching licensure but I was under the impression that the actual license is the same. It's just the route that is "non-traditional." Is that what you mean or are you referring to something else completely?
  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Which state are you in? My state doesn't have alternative licenses. Those who complete an alternative teacher certification program earn a temporary license. After teaching for one year on the temporary license, they receive a full license that's the same as the license earned through the traditional route.
  7. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Member

  8. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    No matter what you have or where you live, the last person you should ever get state licensing and career information from is a sales rep from a college (aka admissions).
    SteveFoerster and Maniac Craniac like this.

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