Julie UnderwoodTo qualify for most teaching, administrative, and other professional positions in the U.S. public schools, you must hold a valid certificate or license. The intent of the certification requirement is to ensure that the holder has met established state standards and is qualified for employment in the area for which the certificate is issued. Public school districts cannot hire staff without certification.

The courts have held that states have not only have the right but also the duty to ensure that school district employees meet minimum qualifications for employment. A certificate does not guarantee employment; it only makes the holder eligible for employment.

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