7000 - Personnel

7130-R Licensure


1.    Elementary School Teachers

To be a “highly qualified” teacher at the elementary school level, a teacher must have an appropriate license for the core academic subjects taught. A teacher must also demonstrate subject knowledge and teaching skills in reading/language arts, writing, mathematics, and other areas of the basic elementary school curriculum by passing the Praxis II exams required for the license.

2.    Middle and High School Teachers

To be a “highly qualified” teacher at the middle and high school levels, a teacher must have a middle school or secondary license in the teaching area required for each teaching assignment. A teacher must also demonstrate a high level of competency by:

a.    Passing the required PRAXIS II test(s) in each academic subject in which he or she teaches; or

b.    Successfully completing in each academic subject in which he or she teaches any of the following:

1)    an undergraduate major;

2)    coursework equivalent to an undergraduate major;

3)    a graduate degree in the core teaching subject area(s);

4)    master’s level licensure or above in the appropriate subject area; or

5)    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the related subject area(s).

3.    Exceptional Children’s and English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers

To be a “highly qualified” teacher in an exceptional children’s class or ESL class, a teacher must have the exceptional children’s and/or ESL license required for the teaching assignment. The teacher must also demonstrate the subject knowledge and teaching skills in the content areas taught by passing the PRAXIS II exams required for the license. This paragraph applies to exceptional children’s teachers and ESL teachers who are the teachers of record for core academic areas.

4.    Out-of-State Teachers

An out-of-state teacher who submits documentation that he or she has been deemed “highly qualified” in another state will be designated “highly qualified” in North Carolina provided that he or she has at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. This documentation may include satisfactory test scores from the originating state, verification of satisfactory completion of the High Objective Uniform State Standard for Evaluation (HOUSSE) for the originating state, or verification of National Board Certification, as authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act.

5.    Veteran Teachers

Prior to April 2007, a veteran teacher may have used the NC HOUSSE to establish that he or she is “highly qualified,” provided that the teacher had taught full time with a reciprocal state license for not less than six successive calendar months in one school system, charter school, or non-public institution.


The plan for beginning teacher support must:

1.    Describe adequate provisions for efficient management of the program.

2.    Designate an official to verify eligibility of beginning teachers for a continuing license.

3.    Provide for a formal orientation for beginning teachers that includes a description of available services, training opportunities, the teacher evaluation process, and the process for achieving a continuing license.

4.    Address compliance with the optimum working conditions for beginning teachers identified by the SBE.

5.    Address compliance with the mentor selection, assignment, and training guidelines identified by state law and the SBE.

6.    Provide for the involvement of the Principal or designee in supporting the beginning teacher.

7.    Provide for a minimum of four observations per year in accordance with G.S. 115C-333 or G.S. 115C-333.1, using the instruments adopted by the SBE for such purposes. The plan must also address the appropriate spacing of observations throughout the year and specify a date by which the annual evaluation is to be completed.

8.    Provide for the preparation of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) by each beginning teacher in collaboration with the Principal or designee and the Nentor.

9.    Provide for a formal means of identifying and delivering services and technical assistance needed by beginning teachers.

10.Provide for the maintenance of a cumulative beginning teacher file that contains the PDP and evaluation of report(s).

11.Provide for the timely transfer of the cumulative beginning teacher file to successive employing LEAs, charter schools, or non-public institutions within the state upon the authorization of the beginning teacher.

12.Describe a plan for the systematic evaluation of the Beginning Teacher Support Program to assure program quality, effectiveness, and efficient management.

13.Document that the Board has adopted the plan.


1.    All licensed professional educators will be required to obtain and/or maintain their NC licenses according to the guidelines set forth by law, State Board of Education policy, and local Board of Education policy and procedures.

2.    Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all licensed professional educators must earn a minimum of eight (8) continuing education units (CEUs) during each five-year renewal cycle to renew their licenses.

*For all K-12 classroom teachers, three (3) of those CEUs must be related to at least one of the academic subject areas that teacher is licensed to teach.

*For all K-8 classroom teachers, three (3) of those CEUs must be related to literacy as it relates specifically to evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for students not demonstrating reading proficiency.  Oral language, phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension shall be addressed in literacy-related activities leading to license renewal for elementary teachers.

*For all school administrators, three (3) of those CEUs must be related to North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive’s role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader.

*For teachers who are in the fourth or fifth year of their current, five-year license renewal cycle during the 2013-2014 school year, these requirements shall apply beginning with the first year of their next five-year license renewal cycle.  Teachers renewing their licenses on June 30, 2014 or June 30, 2015 will be able to renew under the previous guidelines: a minimum of seven and one-half (7.5) CEUs with one (1) CEU related to their academic license area and one (1) CEU related to literacy as broadly defined to include multiple areas of literacy.



Legal References:
No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.; 34 C.F.R. 200.55-56; G.S. 115C-296, -296.2, -333, -333.1, -325(e)(1)(m); State Board of Education Policy TCP-A-000, -001, -004, -016
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Monday, 13 June 2011
Last Updated:
Monday, 08 December 2014