COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life as we know it — including teacher preparation. This page includes resources to support educator-preparation leaders and state policymakers as they respond to the pandemic.
Teacher Preparation Policy Database
As a public resource, we have developed the COVID-19 Teacher Preparation Policy Database, which covers changes to licensure, clinical requirements, entry and exit assessments, and program approval. We are currently monitoring changes across all 50 states and DC. We plan to add U.S. territories in subsequent analyses.
While we intend to update this tool regularly, please note that policies are in flux and may have changed — this should be considered advisory.
Explore the COVID-19 Teacher Preparation Policy Database, or download a synthesis below.
Impact of COVID-19 on Teacher Preparation Policy
Read a summary of changes to state teacher preparation policy across all 50 states and DC
Last updated: May 29, 2020
Looking to Fall 2020, we offer three recommendations for a school year that will be unlike any other we have ever experienced:
1. States should allow well-designed clinical experiences to satisfy clinical teaching requirements.
2. States and districts should provide specific professional development and induction support grounded in the science of learning to new teachers.
3. States should adopt policies that allow teacher-candidates to provide online tutoring to students.
Read more in our policy brief below.
Three policy recommendations for educator preparation
As states look ahead to the fall, we see three critical policy questions that states should plan for now.