FAQ & Updates

Policy and Legislative Updates

The following summarizes recent State Board of Education policies and North Carolina General Assembly legislation that may be helpful to assist Educator Preparation Programs and Institutions of Higher Education. For complete lists of all policies and legislation, please refer to the State Board of Education Policy Manual and the North Carolina General Assembly website.

Key Website Links:

State Board of Education Policy Manual

  • Key areas of reference for EPPs and IHEs will likely be:
    • TCED – Teacher Education
    • LICN – Licensure

North Carolina General Assembly

For a list of all approved EPPs in North Carolina and other related information, please go to the Approved Programs tab on this website.

Link to NCGA for Session Law 2017-189, Excellent Educator in Every Classroom (aka Senate Bill 599)

Educator Preparation Program Area Updates

NC Student Support Personnel & Administrative Programs List

Teaching Programs 

At the July 2018 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, updates to the SBE policies that inform pathways for licensure of teaching areas contained in LICN-001: General Licensure Requirements were approved. Please refer to the SBE Policy Manual to obtain the full copy of this updated policy. The legislative reference for this policy is Session Law 2017-189, Senate Bill 599. The short title of this law is Excellent Educators for Every Classroom. This law may be found on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

For additional information about pathways to licensure, please refer to the Licensure section of this website.

School Counselor Programs

The provisional licensure requirements for School Counseling was approved for revisions at the July 2018 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting. The details of provisional licensure for this student support personnel area is contained in the State Board of Education LICN-001: General Licensure Requirements policy, section 1.55.

Currently active in the NC General Assembly is House Bill 934 informs the role/work of a school counselor, school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker in the k-12 schools. The short title of this bill is "Threat Assessment Teams". This is, "an act to codify the North Carolina center for safe schools; to require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools; and to establish peer-to-peer student support programs."

School Administrator Programs

All approved Educator Preparation Programs who offer a School Administrator training program (degree or licensing/add-on) of specific curriculum requirements that must be satisfied in compliance with State Board of Education Policy TCED-015: School Administrator Preparation Programs. Reference the complete policy for all details required. Please review your program’s curriculum and specific courses to ensure that these requirements are clearly met. If modifications are required, begin this process immediately within your institutional system to request and approve changes to courses and/or curriculums. Make note of all program and curriculum updates as that information will also be needed as a part of your program/licensure area renewal process required by the NCDPI.

Currently active in the NC General Assembly is House Bill 934 informs the role/work of a school counselor, school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker in the k-12 schools. The short title of this bill is “Threat Assessment Teams”. This is, “an act to codify the North Carolina center for safe schools; to require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools; and to establish peer-to-peer student support programs.”

School Psychology Programs

Currently active in the NC General Assembly is House Bill 933. The short title of this bill is “Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure”. This is “an act directing the state board of education to grant a license to practice as a school psychologist to any individual who holds the nationally certified school psychologist credential establishing a psychological inter-jurisdictional compact (PSCYPACT), allowing insurers to provide stop-loss insurance to small business, and allowing certain nonprofit organization to sponsor self-funded health benefit plans.”

Currently active in the NC General Assembly is House Bill 934 informs the role/work of a school counselor, school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker in the k-12 schools. The short title of this bill is “Threat Assessment Teams”. This is, “an act to codify the North Carolina center for safe schools; to require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools; and to establish peer-to-peer student support programs.”

School Social Work Programs

Currently active in the NC General Assembly is House Bill 934 informs the role/work of a school counselor, school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker in the k-12 schools. The short title of this bill is “Threat Assessment Teams”. This is, “an act to codify the North Carolina center for safe schools; to require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools; and to establish peer-to-peer student support programs.”

FAQS for Policy and Legislation Implementation

With the new licensing pathways that have been introduced by law and, are being defined in policy, is there any change to how GPA for minimum admissions requirements is being assessed?

With the new licensing pathways that have been introduced by law and, are being defined in policy, is there any change to how GPA for minimum admissions requirements is being assessed?

The same requirements stated in law and in existing policy pertaining to GPA as a minimum admissions requirement remain unchanged. Reference Session Law 2017-189 / Senate Bill 599 (§ 115C.269.15 ), and State Board Policy TCED-009: Minimum Admissions Requirements for more information. EPPs may calculate the 2.7 required GPA using a formula they identify as best for their program that is also compliant with the law (§ 115C.269.15.b&c). When EPPs complete their reports for their cohorts and submit those to the NC DPI per state and federal requirements, NC DPI will be expecting the cohort GPA for each entering cohort is at least a 3.0 as is stated in law (§ 115C.269.15.d).

I’ve heard of PEPSC in the past year referred to as a state body that is informing various policies and practices that impact educator preparation and practice in the field. What does this group do and what authority do they have?

I’ve heard of PEPSC in the past year referred to as a state body that is informing various policies and practices that impact educator preparation and practice in the field. What does this group do and what authority do they have?

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) was formed as a direct result of Senate Bill 599 (SL 2017-189) Section 115C.268.1. This legislation describes the intent of the group, the membership, and the powers and duties. The Commission provides policy recommendations to the NC State Board of Education as stated below from SB599:

The Commission shall make rule recommendations regarding all aspects of preparation, licensure, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators.

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Am I able to use the Residency License Model to work on completing my bachelor’s degree and my teacher training? Or use another license pathway while I work on my teacher training requirements?

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Am I able to use the Residency License Model to work on completing my bachelor’s degree and my teacher training? Or use another license pathway while I work on my teacher training requirements?

No. To be eligible for any of the license pathway options as a teacher in North Carolina (permit to practice, emergency license, residency license model, or lateral entry) a bachelor’s degree or higher in an area of need is required.