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Our experts share their vision for the profession and offer tips for how educators can achieve great teaching and learning at every stage of their career.
Potential teachers are typically in high school (or younger), but can be adults considering a career change. They are not enrolled in a formal teacher preparation program (TPP).
Aspiring teachers, often referred to as “candidates," are enrolled in a TPP and are working toward an initial license/certification.
Emerging teachers have completed a TPP and hold an initial license. They have 0-4 years of teaching experience and engage in induction activities with the goal of receiving full licensure.
Professional teachers have full licensure and have a broad repertoire of teaching skills. This can be a career-long phase of continuous growth and pursuit of excellence.
Accomplished teachers demonstrate outstanding performance and a commitment to continuous learning and improvement in practice. They may have completed a formal assessment process.
Teacher leaders seek to broaden their impact on student learning and actively contribute to their school, district, and the profession. Teachers can be leaders at any phase of their careers.