On the path to strengthen teacher pipelines, support excellent teaching and improve retention, many states have developed opportunities for teacher leadership and advancement. While most states offer advanced licenses to encourage ongoing learning and growth within the teaching profession, many are now also including supports and incentives to encourage more teachers to become leaders in their classrooms, schools and communities. Though district and school leaders drive teacher development and career progressions, state policymakers are creating structures and incentives to support high-quality systems.
Education Commission of the States researched teacher leadership and licensure advancement policies in all states. View individual state profiles (current through September 2018) by selecting a state below; or view 50-State Comparisons on each data point.