Human Resources
Types of Licensure

You may be issued one of the following types of license: Initial Professional License, Continuing Professional License, Alternative License, or Provisional License.  Details regarding reciprocity and converting the Initial Professional License to a Continuing Professional License are provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Initial Professional License (formerly Standard Professional 1 - SP1)  

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 Initial Professional License (IPL) 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.

Continuing Professional License (formerly Standard Professional 2 - SP2)  

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 Continuing Professional License (CPL) is issued for a five-year period during which time teachers must complete renewal requirements.

Alternative License

An individual who has not completed an approved teacher education program may be licensed under the alternative provisions in North Carolina, if they are selected for employment by a NC school system, hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet additional criteria as outlined.

Provisional License

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. 
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