Human Resources
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 state approved teacher education programs from a regionally accredited college or university must satisfactorily complete the required NC tests and be recommended for a license by the institution through which they completed the program to be issued an Initial Professional License. To convert this license to a Continuing Professional License, this beginning teacher must: 

           a. complete three years of full-time teaching (6 months/120 days);
           b. have the LEA recommendation; and 
           c. complete any professional development the LEA might prescribe 

  2.  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 an Initial Professional 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. To convert their Initial Professional License to the Continuing Professional 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. NC’s testing requirements


  3. 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 testing requirements OR have National Board Certification will be issued the Continuing Professional License.

  4. 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 testing requirements or earned National Board Certification will be issued the Continuing Professional 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.


  5. 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 above). 

  6. 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 Initial Professional License. They may be eligible for an alternative license. 

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