Educator Preparation

The Educator Preparation Department is located under the Educator Recruitment and Support Divsion at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

The NCDPI Educator Preparation office:

  • Provides technical assistance in the development of EPPs
  • Oversees the renewal process of existing educator preparation programs at the license/program-level required by the State Board of Education*

*Note: Pursuant to § 115C.269.10, the State Board of Education is reviewing modifications to the process for EPPs to engage in the institution level and license area/program level approval and/or renewal process. A decision is anticipated by the State Board of Education to guide next steps in July, 2018. Implementation of a new process and related information will be provided on this website July/August, 2018.

  • Collects and analyzes program effectiveness data from each IHE for the IHE Performance Reports and IHE Educator Preparation Program Report Cards*

*Note: Pursuant to § 115C.269.35, the State Board of Education the process for IHE Performance Reports and Report Cards is being updated. Existing data prior to this change in legislation will remain available and is provided on this website.

  • Assists IHEs with Title II reporting as required by the Higher Education Act
  • Monitors and consults with Educator Preparation Program Providers regarding productivity and effectiveness of education graduates
  • Collaborates with the University of North Carolina System public institutions and NC Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) for alignment with state and national standards and continuous improvement of educator preparation programs
  • Guides and supports Education Program Providers at IHEs with national accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) North Carolina entered into a partnership with CAEP July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2021. North Carolina EPPs are not required to engage in national recognition by the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) process, but are not prohibited from seeking recognition from the SPAs. National recognition by the SPAs is not associated with the state program approval process. The NCDPI Educator Preparation Division staff’s a specialist to provide accreditation supports to EPPs and IHEs. More information, resources, and supports will be created and housed on a new page on this website related to accreditation in the future.

NCDPI Educator Preparation Directory 

Name Speciality Phone
Dr. Andrew Sioberg Director, Educator Preparation 984-236-2115
Dr. Theresa Coogan Program Coordinator & Education Consultant II 984-236-2117
Dr. Kim Evans Program Coordinator, PEPSC 984-236-2116