Last updated on: 6/7/2016 | Author:

Length of Time before Tenure Kicks in, State-by-State

(as of Dec. 2015)

Teacher Tenure Map


No tenure FL, KS, NC
1 year MS
2 years CA, SC, VT
3 years AK, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, MA, MD, ME, MN, MT, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY
4 years CT, IL, KY, NJ, NY
5 years LA, MI, MO, NH, OH, TN
No policy DC, ND

Source:, using data from the National Council on Teacher Quality, “Policy Issue: Tenure,”, Dec. 7, 2015