10A NCAC 09 .2821          EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR Teachers for A RATED LICENSE FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS 

(a)  This Rule applies to evaluating child care centers with regards to all teachers. The points for education standards are determined by applying this Rule along with Rules .2819, .2820, .2822, and .2823 of this Section.  To determine the points attained for meeting the education standards, the lowest number of points attained under each Rule shall be the point used to meet Rule .2802 of this Section.

(b)  To achieve two points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall:

(1)           Have one year of full time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2)           Be enrolled in three semester hours in early childhood education, or child development; or

(3)           Have any combination of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph.

(c)  To achieve three points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have:

(1)           Three semester hours in early childhood education or child development; or

(2)           Two years of full time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(3)           Any combination of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph.  

(d)  To achieve four points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, its equivalent or have a Level I or higher certification on the ECE scale.

(e)  To achieve five points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have either:

(1)           The North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, its equivalent or have a Level I or higher certification on the ECE scale and three semester hours in early childhood education or child development (not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); or

(2)           A Level II or higher certification on the ECE scale; or

(3)           Any combination of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph.

(f)  To achieve six points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, its equivalent or a Level I or higher certification on the ECE scale and either:

(1)           Three semester hours in early childhood education or child development (not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential; and one year of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2)           A Level II or higher certification on the ECE scale and one year of full-time early childhood work experience; or

(3)           Any combination of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph.

(g)  To achieve seven points, 50 percent of the teachers counted in staff/child ratios shall have the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, its equivalent or have a Level I or higher certification on the ECE scale and either:

(1)           Six semester hours in early childhood education or child development (not including North Carolina Early Childhood Credential coursework); and two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(2)           A Level III or higher certification on the ECE scale and two years of full-time verifiable early childhood work experience; or

(3)           Any combination of Subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this Paragraph.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110-88(7); 110-90(4); 143B-168.3;

Eff. August 1, 2012.