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Changes Could Speed Up Teacher Licensing

The State Department of Education is trying to make it easier—and faster—for teachers to receive their licenses to work in North Carolina classrooms— a move intended to plug one of the many holes in a leaky teacher workforce pipeline. “Educators and their employers in North Carolina have raised concerns about how long it takes to issue a teaching license, citing wait time of 6 months and longer,” says a report from TNTP to state lawmakers. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction contracted with TNTP to review licensure procedures, and representatives shared their findings with the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee in January.

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Adam Rhew | EdNC