Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should help to make licenses fully portable among states, with appropriate safeguards.
North Carolina does not support licensure reciprocity for certified teachers from other states.
Regrettably, North Carolina grants waivers for its licensing tests to out-of-state teachers who have attained "highly qualified" status in the state from which they are moving.
However, North Carolina offers its standard license to out-of-state certified teachers without specifying any additional coursework requirements or relying on transcript analysis or recency requirements to determine eligibility.
North Carolina is also a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement; however, the latest iteration of this agreement no longer purports to be a reciprocity agreement among states and thus is no longer included in this analysis.
State Board of Education Policy Manual TCP-A-002, 2.10
To uphold standards, require that teachers coming from other states meet testing requirements.
North Carolina takes considerable risk by granting a waiver for its licensing tests to any out-of-state teacher who has attained highly qualified status in the previous state. It should not provide any waivers of its teacher tests unless an applicant can provide evidence of a passing score under its own standards.
North Carolina recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.