Does the state have a licensure system that allows teachers to advance beyond a standard professional license?

Teacher Leadership and Licensure Advancement

Does the state have a licensure system that allows teachers to advance beyond a standard professional license?

October 2018


Overview
Thirty states have a licensing system in place that allows teachers to advance beyond a standard professional license. Of these, six states offer advanced license rankings which can be added onto an existing standard license. Twenty-four states offer advanced licenses that are separate and distinguishable from the standard license.

Definitions
States differ in how they define teacher license terms and types. For this data collection, the following definitions were used: 
  • License: Granted by a state licensing agency or appropriate governing body to an individual who has completed established state licensure requirements and is authorized to teach in the classroom. Referred to in some states as a “certificate”.
  • Initial license*: The license fully-credentialed entry-level teachers receive prior to being issued a standard or professional license. Initial licenses are generally valid for one to three years and allow the licensee to serve as the lead classroom teacher, although may require the licensee to receive mentorship or other formal supervision from a more experienced educator. Initial licenses are different from temporary or emergency licenses, or those that allow student teachers without full credentials to teach independently for short periods. 
  • Standard license*: A multi-year license that teachers are eligible to receive after completing any required provisional or initial licensure period. (In many states, teachers must obtain an established number of years of successful classroom experience to be eligible for a standard license.)
  • Advanced license*: A multi-year license that teachers can earn by completing a series of requirements above and beyond those associated with the standard license. Advanced licenses, sometimes called master licenses, frequently confer additional distinction, benefits (e.g., pay) and/or responsibilities (e.g., mentoring, instructional leadership roles) on license holders.
* Definitions retrieved from Rethinking Relicensure: Promoting Professional Learning Through Teacher Licensure Renewal Policies (New America, 2018)
 

Does the state have a licensure system that allows teachers to advance beyond a standard professional license? Citations
Alabama Yes. Candidates may be eligible to add one of two advanced license rankings to their standard professional license (also known as the Professional Certificate):
  • Master's Professional Teacher Certificate (Class A)
  • Education Specialist Professional Teacher Certificate (Class AA)
Note: Candidates who meet the requirements for the Professional Certificate but who hold a bachelor's degree only are issued a Bachelor's Professional Teacher Certificate (Class B).
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.01
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.03
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.42
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.52
Alaska Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Teacher Certificate):
  • Master Teacher Certificate
Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.305

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Arizona No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Certificate). Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-609 through Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-612
Arkansas Yes. Effective January 2019, candidates may be eligible to add one of two advanced license rankings to their standard professional license (also known as the Standard License):
  • Lead Professional Educator License
  • Master Professional Educator License
Note: Arkansas also offers a Standard Lifetime Teaching License based on age or retirement eligibility requirements.
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-402

Code Ark. R. 005.16.18-2-4.0
California No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Clear Credential).
Cal. Educ. Code Ann. § 44274.4

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Colorado Yes. Candidates may add the following advanced license ranking to their standard professional license (also known as the Professional License):
  • Master Teacher Certificate

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-60.5-201 through § 22-60.5-202

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Connecticut Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Provisional Educator Certificate):
  • Professional Educator Certificate

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-144o

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-145b

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Delaware Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Continuing License):
  • Advanced License
Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1211

Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1213

Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
District of Columbia No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Credential). D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-A, § 1601

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Florida No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Certificate). Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1012.56

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Georgia Yes. Candidates may be eligible for one of two license types beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Professional or Performance-Based Professional Certificate):
  • Advanced Professional Certificate
  • Lead Professional Certificate
Note: Both licenses are considered top tier licenses in Georgia's four-tiered certification system. The other tiers include Pre-Service (tier 1), Induction (tier 2), and Professional (tier 3). Advanced Professional certificates will not be issued until more data about the state’s teacher evaluations become available.
Rules 505-2-.03 through 505-2-.07

Rules 505-2-.149

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Hawaii Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard License):
  • Advanced License
Haw. Admin. R. §?8-54-9.3
 
Idaho No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Instructional Certificate).

Note: The state recognizes Master Teachers, but this recognition is not tied to teacher certification.
Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.015

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Illinois No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Educator License). 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-20

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Indiana Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Practitioner License):
  • Accomplished Practitioner License
511 Ind. Admin. Code 14-4-1
Iowa Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard License):
  • Master Educator License
Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.8(272)

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Kansas Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional License):
  • Accomplished Teaching License
Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-203
Kentucky Yes. Candidates may be eligible to add one of two advanced license rankings to their standard professional license (also known as the Professional Certificate):
  • Rank II Professional Certificate
  • Rank I Professional Certificate
Note: Candidates who meet the requirements for the Professional Certificate but who hold a bachelor's degree only are issued a Rank III Professional Certificate.
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.1211

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Louisiana Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Level 2 Professional Certificate):
  • Level 3 Professional Certificate
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, §?305
Maine No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Teacher Certificate). Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 13013
Maryland Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license types beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Professional Certificate II):
  • Advanced Professional Certificate

Code Md. Regs. 13A.12.01.06

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Massachusetts No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional License). 603 Code Mass. Regs. 7.04

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Michigan Yes. Candidates may be eligible for one of two license types beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Teaching Certificate):
  • Professional Teaching Certificate
  • Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate
Mich. Admin. Code R 390.1133

Mich. Admin. Code R 390.1137

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Minnesota No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Tier 4 License). Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.184
Mississippi Yes. Candidates may be eligible to add one of three advanced license rankings to their standard professional license (also known as the Standard License):
  • Class AA
  • Class AAA
  • Class AAAA
Note: Candidates who meet the requirements for the Standard License but who hold a bachelor's degree only are issued a Class A Standard License.
 
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Missouri No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Career Continuous Professional Certificate). Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-400.260
Montana Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Class 2 Standard Teacher's License):
  • Class 1 Professional Teacher's License
Admin. R. Mont. 10.57.411
Nebraska Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Teaching Certificate):
  • Professional Teaching Certificate
92 Neb. Admin. R. & Regs. Ch. 21, § 005
Nevada Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard License):
  • Professional License
Nev. Admin. Code 391.100

Nev. Admin. Code 391.135

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New Hampshire No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Experienced Educator Certificate). NH ADC ED 504.02
New Jersey No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Certificate). N.J. Admin. Code 6A:9B-8.7
New Mexico Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Level 2 Teaching License):
  • Level 3-A Teaching License (Instructional Leader)
N.M. Admin. Code 6.60.6
New York No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Certificate). N.Y. Comp. Codes, R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-3.4
North Carolina No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Continuing Professional License).

N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-270.20

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North Dakota No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Five-Year License).

Note: The state offers a 30-Year Life License to teachers who have been licensed for 30 years and meet the requirements of their current license.
Source
Ohio Yes. Candidates may be eligible for one of two license types beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Educator License):
  • Senior Professional Educator License
  • Lead Professional Educator License
Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-16

Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-17

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Oklahoma No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Certificate).

Note: In 2018, the state legislature created two new levels of teaching certificates: 1) Lead Teaching Certificate and, 2) Master Teaching certificate. The certificates are designed for teachers who assume leadership roles. For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, the department will identify school districts to implement the certificates on a pilot program basis. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the department will make the certificates available to any person who has received a recommendation from their local board of education and who meets the eiligibility criteria.
Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-9

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-190 (West), S.B. 980 (2018)
Oregon Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Teaching License):
  • Teacher Leader License.
Note: The state also offers a Legacy Teaching License to eligible teachers who hold a standard professional license issued prior to Jan. 1, 1999.
 
Or. Admin. R. 584-210-0050

Or. Admin. R. 584-210-0070

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Pennsylvania No. There is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Instructional II Certificate). 22 Pa. Code § 49.83
Rhode Island Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Educator Certificate):
  • Advanced Educator Certificate
R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:8
South Carolina Yes. Candidates may be eligible to add one of four advanced license rankings to their standard professional license (also known as the Professional Certificate):
  • Bachelor's Degree Plus 18 Hours
  • Master's Degree
  • Master's Degree Plus 30 Hours
  • Doctorate Degree
S.C. Code Regs. 43-53
South Dakota Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Teaching Certificate):
  • Advanced Teaching Certificate
Admin. R. S.D. § 24:28:06:05
Tennessee No. there is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional License). Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-02-03-.02
Texas No. there is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Certificate). 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 230.13
Utah Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Level 2 License):
  • Level 3 License
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-503
Vermont No. there is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Level II Professional Educator's License). 7-1 Code Vt. R. § 13
Virginia Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Collegiate Professional License):
  • Postgraduate Professional License


8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-50 through 20-22-60
Washington Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Residency Teacher Certificate):
  • Professional Teacher Certificate
Wash. Admin. Code 181-79A-206

Wash. Admin. Code 181-79A-251
West Virginia Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Professional Five-Year Teaching Certificate):
  • Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate
W. Va. Code R. §?126-136-10
Wisconsin Yes. Candidates may be eligible for the following license type beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Lifetime License):
  • Master Educator License


Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.042
Wyoming No. there is no license type available beyond the standard professional license (also known as the Standard Educator License). Source

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