10A NCAC 09 .3012          NC PRE-K TEACHER EDUCATION, LICENSURE AND CREDENTIALS

(a)  All teachers shall hold, or be working toward a North Carolina (NC) Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) Continuing License or B-K or Preschool Add-on License issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Teachers working toward the required education and license shall meet one of the following requirements:

(1)           a North Carolina B-K Initial License; or

(2)           a North Carolina K-6 license and a Provisional Preschool Add-on license;

(3)           another North Carolina or another state's license and a NC Provisional B-K license; or

(4)           a BA/BS degree in B-K, child development, early childhood education, or an early childhood education related field, and be eligible for a NC Lateral Entry B-K License.

(b)  Pre-K teachers with a NC Lateral Entry B-K License as specified in Subparagraph (a)(4) of this Rule shall make progress toward the B-K Continuing License by:

(1)           obtaining a Plan of Study issued by an accredited college or university with a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction approved teacher education program;

(2)           submitting to the Division college or university transcripts verifying the completion of a minimum of six semester credit hours per year in accordance with Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph;

(3)           completing the three-year North Carolina State Board of Education Beginning Teacher Support Program in accordance with G.S. 115C-296(e) and North Carolina State Board of Education Policy LICN-004; and

(4)           achieving the NC B-K Initial or Continuing License issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction within three years.

(c)  Pre-K teachers with a NC Provisional B-K or Preschool Add-on License shall make progress toward the B-K Continuing License by:

(1)           obtaining a Plan of Study issued by an accredited college or university with a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction approved teacher education program;

(2)           submitting to the Division college or university transcripts verifying the completion of a minimum of six semester credit hours per year in accordance with Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph;

(3)           completing the three-year North Carolina State Board of Education Beginning Teacher Support Program in accordance with G.S. 115C-296(e) and North Carolina State Board of Education Policy LICN-004; and

(4)           achieving the NC B-K Initial or Continuing License issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction within five years.

(d)  Teachers not meeting the annual minimum semester hours as set forth in Subparagraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) of this Rule shall submit a written request to the Division of Child Development and Early Education Early Educator Support, Licensure and Professional Development Unit requesting an extension to complete the requirement. Teachers shall submit a written request to the Division of Child Development and Early Education Early Educator Support, Licensure and Professional Development Unit. The written request shall include the reason for not meeting the provisions of this Rule, a list of the required coursework and semesters hours to be completed as prescribed by the Plan of Study, a timeline for completing the required semester hours, and documentation supporting course enrollment and expected completion dates.

(e) In determining whether to approve less than the annual minimum required semester hours, the Division shall consider reasons, including:

(1)           maternity or family leave;

(2)           death, disability, or illness; and

(3)           natural or man-made disasters.

(f)  Teachers shall maintain the B-K or Preschool Add-on Continuing License in accordance with G.S. 115C-296(b)(1)b.4. and NC State Board of Education Policy LICN-005. These policies can be found at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_115C/GS_115C-296.html

(g)  Teachers with expired B-K Continuing licenses shall meet the provisions set forth in G.S. 115C-296(b)(1)b.4. which can be found at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_115C/GS_115C-296.html

and North Carolina State Board of Education Policy LICN-005. These policies can be found at https://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/policy-manual/licensure/copy2_of_licensure-renewal-requirements.

(h)  The site-level administrator shall maintain documentation available for review by the Division, of the progress toward the required standard as specified in this Rule.

(i)  All NC Pre-K lead teachers employed by nonpublic schools must be enrolled with the Early Educator Support, Licensure & Professional Development Unit of the Division of Child Development and Early Education. Enrollment requirements may be found on the Division of Child Development and Early Education website at http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/general/mb_eeslpd.asp.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110-88; S.L. 2011-145, s. 10.7(a);

Eff. November 1, 2012;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2017.