Licensure

Welcome to Iredell-Statesville Schools Licensure page.  It is our mission to provide information and support to our employees regarding North Carolina State Board of Education licensure information.

NC DPI Online Licensure System 

North Carolina Licensure

Renewal

Renewal requirements and Reinstatement Guidelines

**The definition of teacher includes instructional support personnel

Credits required to renew continuing licenses expiring on June 30, 2017/18

Credits required to renew continuing licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019

Grades K-8

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 General - Not including years of               experience

Grades K-5

  • 3 Academic Subject Area – Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies

Grades 9-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 5 General

Grades 6-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC  Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General

Teachers earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification or completing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process receive 8 renewal credits. Educators who complete the ten year national board renewal cycle may earn two credits.

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 5 General

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General

*Subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates

Residency

The Residency License is a North Carolina specific pathway.

 

Teaching while completing North Carolina licensure requirements. Four "partners" are involved:

  • the individual,
  • a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP),
  • the local education agency (LEA),
  • and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Eligibility

Eligibility for a Residency License requires that the prospective teacher:

  • Has earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Has earned a 2.7 cumulative GPA on their degree.
  • Has either completed 24 semester hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the content area examination(s) required by the N.C. State Board of Education for the requested licensure area.
  • Is enrolled in a recognized EPP, and;
  • Has completed preservice requirements prior to teaching.
  • Has been offered employment by an LEA.

Summary

  • An LEA employs the individual. Employment often occurs before EPP affiliation.
  • The individual affiliates with a state approved EPP
  • The LEA will verify both employment and EPP admission to DPI through a form process when submitting for the residency license.
  • The individual successfully completes all course work and testing as required by the EPP prior to the end of the third year of school employment.
  • The individual is recommended for clear licensure by their EPP

WHAT IS AN EPP?

An Education Preparation Program, or EPP, is an institution or organization that prepares, trains and recommends students for teacher licensure. Four-year universities or colleges are the most common EPPs, but some approved programs are not institutionally affiliated. With some EPPs, courses may not carry college redit but will still lead to a recommendation for teacher licensure. Please be sure to use a North Carolina approved Educator Preparation Program.

Step One

To qualify for a residency license, you must affiliate with an EPP and be employed as a teacher by an LEA. The employing LEA and the affiliated EPP are responsible for making sure that you meet eligibility requirements for residency licensure.

A school system can employ you before or after the affiliation with an educator preparation program. However, the residency license is issued only after both employment and affiliation have been completed. Affiliation with an EPP prior to seeking employment helps the individual by making them a more attractive candidate.

For EPP affiliation: an individual must be admitted to a state approved EPP. Additionally, an "Individual Program of Study" (IPS) will be provided by your EPP. The IPS will detail the specific competencies and options for courses to meet licensing requirements. Some EPPs may not offer college credit for their residency license programs, but their programs will still lead to teacher licensure.

For LEA employment: the individual applies for teaching positions in eligible areas and once a position is offered and accepted by the individual, the next step commences.

The above are not exhaustive requirements, as other N.C. State Board of Education requirements may apply.

Step Two

Once employed and admitted, you will meet with the LEA and they will follow the current process to request licensure through DPI. This will require completion of an appropriate licensure form which includes verification of admission to an EPP and verification of employment with the requesting LEA on the same form.

Step Three

The LEA's licensure specialist must document all completed course work. All course work within the IPS must be completed within the three school years of your initial residency license as the residency license is issued on a yearly basis and can only be renewed twice by the LEA. To maintain the residency license each renewal cycle, the candidate must maintain employment with an LEA and enrollment with the affiliated EPP.

Test scores must be documented by the LEA's licensure specialist. If the required tests are not successfully completed during the residency license period, your contract cannot be renewed.

The LEA should inform you of testing requirements when the license application is submitted. You will also be notified by DPI when the residency license is issued.

All requirements must be completed within a maximum of three (3) school years.

Step Four

When all course and testing requirements have been successfully completed in the residency license period, you will be recommended for clear licensure by your EPP to DPI.

Lateral Entry

Lateral Entry Information  (NC General Assembly  sunset on June 30, 2019)

Resources

NCDPI Licensure Information
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/  

NCDPI Required Licensure Forms

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/forms/  

Praxis Testing Information

 https://www.ets.org/praxis/nc/requirements

Pearson Testing Information

http://www.nc.nesinc.com/  

Regional Alternative Licensing Center

https://ralc.us/  

Residency License Information

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/epp/rli/ 

Approved EPP Information

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/epp/approved/