Teacher Credentials

From licensure to degree level, the teacher labor market is governed to a large degree by teacher credentials. Most research shows only weak links between these credentials and student achievement. But it is possible that the research on credential, like licensure, misses important variation within the licensure system. Where teachers obtain a license, for instance, may be far more important than whether or not they have a license. CEDR has an ongoing project that focuses on the implications of teacher training institutions as indicators of teacher quality. Additionally, some states have—and are experimenting with—second-tier teacher credentialing systems that are based on skills demonstrated in service. CEDR also has a second project that focuses on the link between this second-tier system and teacher effectiveness. Finally, CEDR researchers have made a number of other important contributions to our knowledge about teacher credentials and their link to student achievement. For more background on this, click here.