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Beginning Teacher License

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Beginning Teacher License

Beginning Teachers (with no previous teaching experience) will be issued an Initial teaching license. This license is issued for three years which will allow time for the new educator to complete the State required Beginning Teacher Program.

To be eligible for an Initial teaching license, an individual must have done the following:
  • Completed a state teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • Completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure, met the federal requirements to be designated as "Highly Qualified", and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.
  • Or qualify for a N.C. lateral entry teaching license (see Lateral Entry Eligibility Chart)
All BTs are required to participate in the Beginning Teacher Program. Failure to participate could result in not being eligible to convert the Initial license to the Continuing license which is the five-year license.

If a teacher taught in a private or charter school and believes they participated in a similar BT program, they can have their previous school complete the BT Verification Form verifying the areas of participation and submit to the Personnel/Licensure Specialist for review. If it is confirmed that the years can count toward the BT Program, the BT's status will advance from a 1st year to a 2nd year BT or a 2nd year to a 3rd year BT. All BTs will have to complete their 3rd and final year with NCCS in order for the district to recommend conversion from an Initial to a Continuing license.