Teacher Professional Development in North Carolina

Public Schools of North Carolina website on professional development

The following information is directly quoted from the Steps to a NC License website:

Obtaining Licensure

Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Licenses are valid for three years. To be issues a SP1 License, an individual must have:
  • completed a state approved teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure, met the federal requirements to be designated as "Highly Qualified," and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.

Licensure Renewal Process

Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Licenses are valid for five years. Teachers who are fully licensed and "Highly Qualified" in another state who have three or more years of teaching experience in another state AND who meet NC's Praxis testing requirements OR have National Board Certification are issued the SP2 license. Further information on "Highly Qualified" teachers can be found beginning on page 10 of the NCLB Toolkit for Teachers.

The following information is directly quoted from the NC Update or Renew Your License website:

North Carolina Standard Professional 2 licenses must be renewed every five years. The renewal process ensures that licenses school personnel continually update their professional knowledge and technical competency. Each license holder is responsible for knowing and satisfying license renewal requirements. Failure to renew your North Carolina Standard Professional 2 license makes one ineligible for employment unless a validation of your expired license is requested by an employing school system.

Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines

Credit required to renew license:
  • 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit. Course work must be directly related to an individual's professional responsibilities as a public school educator or to his or her area (s) of licensure. Teachers of grades K-12 must complete three renewal credits in their academic subject areas, including strategies to teach those subjects, during each five-year renewal cycle effective July 1, 2009.
  • A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one-quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system. Generally, a unit reflects ten contact hours.
  • The DPI Licensure Section does not accept renewal credits of less than one unit.
  • One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.
  • Individuals teaching in grades K-8 in a NC public school system or a NC school that has an approved license renewal plan must earn 3 units of renewal credit in reading methods during each five-year renewal cycle.
  • Effective July 1, 2007, principals and assistant principals in a NC public school system or other NC school that has an approved license renewal plan must earn 5 units of renewal credit during each five-year cycle focused on the principal's role in teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluations, teacher support programs, teacher leadership, teacher empowerment, and teacher retention.
  • For a license to remain current, all credit must be earned by the expiration date of the existing license.
  • To renew an expired license, 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.

Activities accepted for renewal credit:
  • College or university courses - Transcripts are required as documentation; grade reports are not accepted.
  • Local in-service courses or workshops - The administrative unit certifies credits.
  • Class and workshops approved by an LEA - Documentation of completion is provided by the agency sponsoring the activity.
  • Teaching experience - One renewal cycle is awarded for each year of full-time teaching completed during the 5-year renewal cycle. Part-time experience can be considered for renewal credit if it amounts to be equivalent of one year of full-time teaching.

For more information, visit the North Carolina Public Schools website.

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