The highly qualified teacher provision is one of the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. licensing exam, and hold a license to teach in the state as a special education teacher, except that when used for respect to any teacher teaching in public. Approximately one-third--or almost 5,000--of all school districts in the United States are considered rural. A highly qualified teacher is a public school educator who meets the definition created under the federal education law known as No Child Left. The highly qualified teacher provision is one of the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. Personnel in the Following Areas: • Preschool teachers.