Transylvania County Schools

Licensure

General Information

Employees of Transylvania County Schools who fill certified positions must hold or be eligible to hold an active professional educator license issued through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Additionally, those licensed employees who are assigned teaching responsibilities in core academic subject areas must be "highly qualified" pursuant to the provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. More information about educator licensure is available at the NC Department of Public Instruction's Licensure Section website. Maintaining a professional educator license is ultimately the responsibility of the individual license holder. The HR Office assists employees with the license application process; manages all records of professional development activities for license renewal; facilitates license renewal, extension, reactivation, and assists with other licensure transactions with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with license holders who are employees; provides licensure review and counseling services to current employees; and, provides other licensure services as needed to support employees' ongoing professional licensure by the State Board of Education.   

 

Licensure System Account 

NEW (August 2015): The NCDPI online, self-service licensure system is available here. You may view instructions on how to set up your educator account here (note: it is recommended that you set this account up with your private/home email account in the event you retire or resign from the school system).   

 

Licensure Requirements

State Board of Education policy TCP-A-005 establishes guidelines for the maintenance and renewal of Standard Professional II licenses issued through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The information below outlines three sets of requirements:  those established for school district employees newly hired to fill licensed positions, those established for teachers who are new to the education profession, and those established for the regular five-year renewal of the Standard Professional II license. 

 

Requirements for All New Employees in Licensed Positions

Upon their initial employment in a licensed position, all educators in Transylvania County Schools (regardless of previous teaching experience) are required to:

1. Participate in the school system’s annual New Employee Orientation;

2. Successfully complete nonviolent crisis intervention training provided by a certified CPI trainer;

3. Complete bloodborne pathogens training (online) as required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and,

4. Complete training in the development and implementation of diabetes care plans as required by N. C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-375.3 (“Guidelines to support and assist students with diabetes”).

 

Requirements for Beginning Teachers

All educators who hold a North Carolina Standard Professional I license, who are employed in a licensed position by Transylvania County Schools, and who are new to the education profession are required to participate in the school district's Beginning Teacher Support Program. Successful completion of the Beginning Teacher Support Program is required for conversion of the beginning teacher's Standard Professional I license to a Standard Professional II license with a regular, five-year renewal cycle. Additional information about the school district's Beginning Teacher Support Program is available on the school system’s website and will be provided to participants in the program. 

Requirements for Renewal of a Standard Professional II License

The North Carolina Standard Professional II license is valid for a five-year period and must be renewed on June 30 of its year of expiration. Renewal of the Standard Professional II license requires at least 8.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), all of which must be earned through professional development activities completed during the current five-year renewal cycle. K-12 subject areas, instructional support, and student services areas must follow the renewal requirements listed for the grade span/school level served (for example: an elementary music teacher must complete the requirements listed below for elementary teachers while a high school music teacher would use the high school requirements). 

BEGINNING WITH RENEWALS IN JUNE 2016

Standards for continuing licensure shall include at least eight (8) continuing education credits (CEUs)

Elementary *

Middle

High

Three (3) required in the teacher’s academic subject area

Three (3) required literacy credits which shall include evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for students not demonstrating reading proficiency

Five (5) General credits

Two (2) General credits

 *Note 1: Elementary literacy –related activities should address one or more of the following: Oral Language, phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension

 Elementary

·         Three Academic Subject Area

·         Three Literacy (foundational reading strategies)

·         Two General/Standard

Middle

·         Three Academic Subject Area

·         Three Literacy (Improving reading proficiency)

·         Two General/Standard

High

·         Three Academic Subject Area

·         Five General/Standard


For principals and assistant principals, at least 3.0 of the 8.0 CEUs required for renewal of the Standard Professional II license must be earned through the completion of professional development activities aligned to Standards 2, 4, and 5 of the North Carolina Standards for School Executives and focused on the school administrator's role as an instructional, human resources, and managerial leader.

Questions?  Please contact Kelly Clark in the Office of Human Resources at the Morris Education Center.  

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