Legislation, Policy and Funding

DTL Classroom

Programs that support digital teaching and learning are reinforced by legislation and policies for planning and implementation.  Credentials of personnel, planning requirements, and supervision of students are also governed by policies and procedures. Resources in this section provide guidance to districts and charter schools for the development of local policies and procedures. Subsequent funding allottment information is also provided.

NCDPI Financial Services may also have additional information that may support your local DTL programs. Additionally, the State Board Policy site offers detailed information regarding legislation and related policies.

Tab/Accordion Items


  • 077 - Master of Instructional Technology (documentation below)
  • 076 - Master of Library Science (documentation below)
  • 079 - Endorsement for Instructional Technology

The Special Endorsement in Computer Education was established for partial or full-time school computer teachers or computer resource teachers for one or more schools. This is the recommended certification for the school level Technology Facilitator. Preparation for this position should provide educators extensive knowledge and skills to work with students and other teachers to use computers in the on-going instructional program, and to serve as a computer education leader for a school.

An individual with the Special Endorsement in Computer Education should have in-depth understanding of the competencies outlined in the ISTE Educational Computing and Technology Standards for Technology Facilitators.This individual may be identified by a variety of titles such as computer teacher, school computer coordinator, computer resource teacher, computer lab teacher, computer education specialist or instructional technology facilitator.

An individual with the Special Endorsement in Computer Education is eligible to work in a teacher position. The endorsement is awarded as an "A" license unless the individual also holds the Instructional Technology Specialist-Computers (077) license. Then, the endorsement is awarded at the "G" level.

Preparation for Obtaining the Special Endorsement:  Eighteen semester hours of appropriate computer education or programming courses relevant to the ISTE Educational Computing and Technology Standards for Technology Facilitators provided below.

The purpose of the Professional Standards is to guide the curriculum development and instruction in North Carolina graduate programs in Information & Library Science and Instructional Technology. The Standards set expectations by describing what new graduates should know and be able to do. These Professional Standards are the foundation for the Evaluation Instrument for library media and technology educators.  

Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF)
School Library Media Coordinator (SLMC)


Remote Instruction Plan (RIP) 

All PSUs (Public School Units) who plan to provide remote instruction in lieu of closing during severe weather or other emergencies must submit a remote instruction plan to the State Board of Education.  Additionally, PSUs may offer remote instruction due to Covid-19 emergencies; such as shifting  individual schools or individual classrooms that are providing in-person instruction to temporary remote instruction is necessary due to COVID-19 exposures that result in insufficient school personnel or required student quarantines.

Please utilize the information provided in the below linked document to learn more including submission information.

Remote Instruction Plan Detailed Information


Public School Units Virtual Instruction Plan

Public School Units (PSUs) shall be authorized to provide virtual instruction during the 2021-2022 school year to a student with the consent of that student's parent or legal guardian . Each PSU offering Virtual Instruction must do so in accordance with a plan submitted to the Department of Public Instruction.

Please utilize the information provided in the below linked document to learn more including submission information.

Virtual Instruction Plan Detailed Information

Funding is provided through several sources including the NC Legislature.  The State Board of Education has developed guidelines for those subsequent funding allotments.  Partner sources for Digital Teaching and Learning funding are also described.

Please utilize the information provided in the Funding Resources document linked below to learn more about these funding sources.

Funding Sources Document for Digital Teaching & Learning