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Licensure Reciprocity and Conversion

In an effort to improve reciprocity, the State Board of Education has revised the requirements for issuing licenses in North Carolina. Outlined below are the requirements for first time licensure holders who are NC graduates, as well as those from out-of-state who have completed teacher education programs. Under State policy….. 

  1. Individuals who complete North Carolina teacher education programs in elementary education or special education must satisfactorily complete the required NC Praxis II tests and be recommended for a license by the institution through which they completed the program to be issued a Standard Professional 1 License. To convert this license to a Standard Professional 2 License, this beginning teacher must: 

           a. complete three years of teaching;
           b. have the LEA recommendation; and 
           c. complete any professional development the LEA might prescribe 

     For the remainder of this year only, new elementary and new exceptional children’s teachers (who have completed NC teacher education programs) can be issued a temporary permit to allow them to teach. The permits will be valid through June 30, 2006. You are reminded, though, that the temporary permit is not considered to be a full state license, so the teacher is not “HQ.” You are also reminded that NCLB specifies that new hires in Title I schools and Title I programs must be “HQ.” 

  2. Individuals who complete North Carolina teacher education programs in middle grades, secondary (9-12) areas, or special subject areas (K-12) [e.g., art, music, Spanish] are eligible for a Standard Professional 1 License upon completion of their teacher education program and the recommendation of the institution through which they have completed the program. To convert their Standard Professional 1 License to the Standard Professional 2 License, this beginning teacher must:  

    1. complete three years of teaching;

    2. have the LEA recommendation;

    3. complete any professional development the LEA might prescribe; AND 

    4. one of the following options: 

      1. NC’s Praxis testing requirements or

      2. complete the NC HOUSSE for the license area or

      3. receive a satisfactory evaluation in the most recent year of employment in North Carolina, which verifies the ability to positively impact student learning, AND verification of the LEA intent to offer re-employment to the teacher for the following year. The teacher will not be required to accept the offer of reemployment 
        Note: New/beginning in-state middle grades teachers who have not completed 24 semester hours in their content areas (math, science, social studies, and/or language arts) are subject to the same requirements as new/beginning in-state elementary and exceptional children’s teachers.

  3.  Individuals with less than 3 years of teaching experience who complete out-of-state approved teacher education programs at regionally accredited institutions (or through state-approved alternative route programs) who have been designated fully licensed and highly qualified in those states are eligible for a Standard Professional 1 License upon the recommendation of the institution through which they completed the program and verification that they have been fully licensed and highly qualified in the state from which they are coming. THEY (including elementary and exceptional children’s teachers) ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SATISFY NORTH CAROLINA ’S TESTING REQUIREMENTS TO BE ISSUED A STANDARD PROFESSIONAL 1 LICENSE. To convert their Standard Professional 1 License to the Standard Professional 2 License, this beginning teacher must: 

    1. complete 3 years of teaching (including any creditable out-of-state teaching experience);  

    2. have the LEA recommendation; 

    3. complete any professional development the LEA might prescribe; AND 

    4. one of the following options: 

      1. NC’s Praxis testing requirements or 

      2. complete the NC HOUSSE for the license area or 

      3. receive a satisfactory evaluation in the most recent year of employment in North Carolina , which verifies the ability to positively impact student learning, AND verification of the LEA intent to offer re-employment to the teacher for the following year. The teacher will not be required to accept the offer of reemployment

        1. Note: This includes elementary, exceptional children, middle grades, secondary areas (9-12), and special subject areas (K-12) [e.g., art, music, Spanish].  

  4. Individuals WITH 3 OR MORE YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE from other states who have been designated fully licensed and highly qualified in those states (and who have a degree from a regionally accredited institution) AND who meet North Carolina ’s Praxis testing requirements OR have National Board Certification will be issued the Standard Professional 2 License.

  5. Teachers who are fully licensed and highly qualified in another state who have three or more years of teaching experience in another state BUT who have not met North Carolina’s Praxis testing requirements or earned National Board Certification will be issued the Standard Professional 2 License after one year of satisfactory teaching in North Carolina with the recommendation of the employing LEA which includes verification that the LEA will offer the teacher reemployment with the LEA. The teacher will not be required to accept the offer of reemployment.

    This includes elementary, exceptional children, middle grades, secondary areas (9-12), and special subject areas (K-12) [e.g., art, music, Spanish].

  6. Individuals from other states who have completed approved teacher education programs at regionally accredited institutions (or state approved alternative route programs) but have NOT been designated fully licensed and highly qualified in those states are subject to the same requirements as beginning North Carolina teachers (see #1 and #2 above). 

  7. Individuals who have NOT completed approved teacher education programs at regionally accredited institutions (or state approved alternative route programs), whether they be from North Carolina or another state are NOT eligible for the Standard Professional 1 License. They may be eligible for a lateral entry license.