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NASDTEC General Information

NASDTEC is the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. It is the organization that represents professional standards boards and commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Guam, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. Associate members include constituent organization with an interest in the preparation, continuing development, employment, and certification of educational personnel.


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NASDTEC promotes:

  • High standards for educators
  • Teacher mobility across state lines
  • Comprehensive personnel screening
  • Clearinghouse on teacher discipline 

The purpose of this Association, which was founded in 1928, is to exercise leadership in matters related to the preparation and certification of professional school personnel. State agencies and agencies in the District of Columbia, Guam, the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) and governmental entities outside the United States that have major administrative responsibility for the preparation and certification of professional personnel for the schools, or for professional standards and practices relative to such personnel, may become voting members of the Association upon compliance with membership requirements set forth in the Constitution, Bylaws, and rules of the Association.


Associate membership may be applied for by organizations ineligible for voting membership which are interested in matters relating to professional standards and practices, or the preparation and certification of professional school personnel.

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