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Types of Licensure

You may be issued one of the following types of license: Standard Professional 1 (SP1, formerly Initial), Standard Professional 2 (SP2, formerly Continuing), Temporary Permit, or Provisional. Details regarding reciprocity and converting the SP1 to a SP2 license are provided in a later section of the web site.

Standard Professional 1 (SP1, formerly Initial License) This license is issued to individuals who have completed an approved teacher education program, have less than three years teaching experience, and meet the federal definition of “Highly Qualified.” Teachers from other states who have been deemed “Highly Qualified” in that state shall be deemed “Highly Qualified” in North Carolina. They must provide evidence they are “HQ.”

The SP1 is issued for a three-year period during which time the teacher must complete the Initial Licensure Program (ILP) as outlined by the State Department of Public Instruction.

Standard Professional 2 (SP2, formerly Continuing License) This license is issued to individuals who have three or more years of successful public school teaching experience and meet the federal definition of “Highly Qualified.” Teachers from other states who have been deemed “Highly Qualified” in that state shall be deemed “Highly Qualified” in North Carolina. They must provide evidence they are “HQ.”

The SP2 is issued for a five-year period during which time teachers must complete renewal requirements (See later details on license renewals.).

Temporary Permit – This permit is issued to individuals who have not met testing requirements but otherwise qualify for a license. The permit is valid for the school year during which the license is established. CMS is not a recipient of Praxis scores; therefore, current employees must send copies of passing scores to the CMS Licensure office, where they will be forwarded to the State. Effective June 30, 2006, temporary permits will no longer be issued for the elementary grade level, special education, or at the high school levels in license areas required for teaching a core academic subjects.

Provisional – This license is issued with the requirement that course work for full licensure be satisfied at the rate of six semester hours per year. Credits must be completed prior to the beginning of each new school year and must conform to the conditions set by the Licensure Section of the Department of Public Instruction to clear provisional status. Praxis II test(s) may also be required for the provisional area and the proper score requirements met before a clear license is issued. Effective June 30, 2006 , under the requirements of NCLB legislation, provisional licenses cannot be used for core academic subject areas.