The Beginning Teacher license is issued to an educator with less than three years of public school teaching experience. The license is issued for three years to allow time to complete the three year beginning teacher induction program. Once this program is successfully completed, the license becomes a continuing license (which has a renewal cycle). Beginning teacher licenses are not held to renewal credits except those mandated at the school level.
New state policy requires beginning teachers (including elementary and special education) to "ATTEMPT" required State test(s) during their first year of teaching and "PASS" all required State test(s) by the end of their second year.
In order to be issued a beginning teacher license, one of the following must be completed:
- a state teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university
- 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
- qualify for a N.C. Lateral Entry teaching license