North Carolina Teacher Licensure: Important Policy Changes
Standard Professional 1 and Standard Professional II licenses are now referred to as Initial (3 year term) and Continuing (5 year renewal cycle) licenses, respectively.
Employing LEAs and charter schools no longer recommend teachers for license conversion. Teachers move from an initial to continuing license when all State Board of Education (SBE) requirements are fulfilled and the teacher has three years of teaching experience. Teachers no longer must be proficient on all standards of the NC Educator Effectiveness System (NCEES) in order to convert from an initial to continuing license.
Effective July 1, 2016, all teachers who qualify for an initial license shall be considered "highly qualified" if they attempt SBE-required exams at least once in their first year of teaching and pass all required exams before or during their second year of teaching.
Effective April 1, 2016, teachers hired for the 2016-17 school year may be initially licensed and deemed "highly qualified" if they pass the Pearson Test for NC: Foundations of Reading exam.
All initially licensed teachers (including lateral entry) must pass all SBE-required exams before or during their second year of teaching to be eligible to convert from an initial to continuing license.
Initially licensed teachers who have coursework requirements must complete those requirements by the end of the term of their provisional license. Teachers are no longer required to earn six credit hours per year toward the completion of their program of study.
Given that license conversion is no longer recommended by the employing agency, teachers are no longer able to appeal if they fail to meet the requirements for license conversion.
All teachers (including lateral entry) with fewer than three years of teaching experience must participate in the Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP). Any additional requirements for the initially licensed teachers (ex: lateral entry) must be satisfied within the time of the BTSP.
(Rebecca Garland memo 4/25/16)
Deputy State Superintendent, DPI