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Reciprocity

Reciprocal licensing plans allow educators from outside North Carolina to establish eligibility for licensing in this state.  Reciprocity applies to the extent that out-of-state education programs are equivalent to North Carolina’s standards for approved education program.

Teachers must meet the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) designation of Highly Qualified and provide written verification of HQ status.

Note:  Reciprocity does not guarantee that all areas of licensure transfer directly from one state to another, but applicants receive the closest comparable North Carolina license areas.   In some cases, North Carolina grade levels differ from those in other states, and such a difference may be reflected on the North Carolina license.

North Carolina recognizes four teacher education and reciprocal licensing approaches:

  • Completion of an education program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Completion of an education program that follows National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) standards.
  • Reciprocity based on interstate agreements.
  • Completion of a state-approved program
    .not accredited by NCATE
    .not approved through interstate agreement, or
    .not based on NASDTEC guidelines

What is not covered by reciprocity?
Requirements specific to North Carolina, such as testing for some license areas, are not covered by reciprocity and must be met before a clear North Carolina license can be issued. License areas based on testing alone are not covered in the state reciprocity agreement.

States that have reciprocal contracts with NC:
The following lists approximately 38 states/jurisdictions that have Reciprocal Contracts with NC:

 

Alabama Indiana Oklahoma
Arkansas Kentucky Oregon
Arizona Louisiana Pennsylvania
California Maine Rhode Island
Colorado Maryland South Carolina
Connecticut Massachusetts Tennessee
Delaware Michigan Texas
Florida Mississippi Utah
Georgia New Hampshire Vermont
Hawaii New Jersey Virginia
Idaho New York Washington
Illinois Ohio West Virginia
Washington D.C
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Published by Sonya Nash on November 3, 2016
        
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