Requirements for Renewing Professional Educator’s License

Requirements for Renewing Professional Educator’s License
Excluding Beginning Teachers
(Effective July 1, 2016)

Required EDUCATOR Components

Teachers of grades K through 8 (this also includes PE, Art, Music, and Drama Teachers, as well as Specialists/Student Service Personnel-Guidance Counselors, Family Specialists, Media Coordinators, Instructional Technology Specialists, School Psychologists and Speech Pathologists based in Elementary and Middles Schools) must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
3 Content/Academic credits in their academic subject areas, (aligned to North Carolina Professional Teaching Standard 3 or 4).
3 Literacy credits addressing literacy as defined in North Carolina General Statute.
2 General credits (not to include years of experience) at the discretion of the employing LEA.

Teachers of grades 9 through 12 (this also includes PE, Art, Music, and Drama Teachers, as well as Specialists/Student Service Personnel-Guidance Counselors, Family Specialists, Media Coordinators, Instructional Technology Specialists, School Psychologists and Speech Pathologists based in High Schools) must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
3 Content/Academic credits in their academic subject areas, (aligned to North Carolina Professional Teaching Standard 3 or 4).
5 General credits (not to include years of experience) at the discretion of the employing LEA.

School Administrator Renewal Requirements (principals and assistant principals)

School administrators must earn at least 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
3 Content/Academic credits that align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive’s role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader.
•5 General credits (not to include years of experience) at the discretion of the employing LEA.

 

Initial Completion of the portfolio process for National Board Certification

Educators earn 8.0 renewal requirements for an individual’s next renewal cycle, even if the individual does not achieve the certification. NBPTS certificate or notification letter must be submitted to Human Resources for posting of National Board Certification renewal credits. The 8.0 hours includes 3 for content and 3 for literacy.

Renewing National Board Certification

Educators that renew the certification earn 2 CEU credits for the process. They will receive 1 CEU for literacy and 1 for academic.

EDUCATOR COMPONENTS DEFINED:

Literacy : 30 Hours=3.0 CEU’s

The literacy requirement has been extended to include ALL classroom teachers (including PE, Art, Music, Drama), as well as specialists/student service personnel (guidance counselors, family specialists, media coordinators, instructional technology specialists, school psychologists and speech pathologist) who teach in Elementary and Middle Schools.

Students Who Are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language (located in the ELA Common Core Standards (CCSS), page seven) defines and offers a portrait of a literate graduate. It is critical to note that although the description is taken from the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, they are applicable and taught to every student at every grade level, and all educators share in the development of literate graduates. Skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language undergrid and are prerequisites for all forms of 21st century literacy, including:

  • Reading Literacy
  • Information Literacy
  • Digital and Media Literacy
  • Information and Technology Literacy
  • Visual Literacy
  • Civic Literacy
  • Financial, Economic, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
  • Health Literacy and
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Data Literacy

Content/Academic: 30 Hours=3.0 CEU’s

• Content for elementary teachers is Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts.

• Other classroom teachers such as PE, Music and Art can take staff development related to subject area to meet the Content requirement.

• The phrase “including strategies to teach those subjects” includes trainings that emphasize the integration of and interconnectedness of curriculum. Subject matter credits will be approved for qualified trainings in such topics as “reading across the curriculum”, “writing across the curriculum”, and other trainings designed to integrate best practices into a variety of subjects.

• Coaching clinics are not considered “content” for physical education teachers.

• Suggestion: If a teacher is licensed in multiple areas and is teaching in multiple areas, it is suggested that CEU credits be pursued that are related to the areas being taught at the time of license renewal.

Prior Approval Required

• Staff Development taken outside the school system requires PRIOR approval (PLACE System) from immediate supervisor and the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.

• Credit will not be issued for staff development if prior approval has not been obtained.

• Please submit certificate of completed credit to Human Resources for final approval.

• CEU History in PLACE will be updated once the final approval has been submitted to the Human Resources Department.

PLACE System

Henderson County Public Schools staff development credit will be submitted by the facilitator responsible for the in-service activity. Please make sure you sign the class roll when attending HCPS sponsored in-service activities and complete the system evaluation to receive credit. You may view your CEU information under Renewal Credits.

CEU Information

• Secured access through Human Resource Management System to look at cumulative staff development within the school system, transfer of hours from other administrative units, conference and workshops held outside the school system.

• You can click on Look-up My CEUs (under About Us ) Employee Information heading) on the Henderson County Public Schools website.

• Credit is no longer given for teaching experience.

Renewal of Expired professional educator’s license:

• 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.

• Course work must be directly related to an individual’s professional responsibilities as a public school educator or to his or her areas(s) of licensure.

• The 15 is up to the individual, but one is encouraged to include 3 in literacy and 3 in curriculum in their area of expertise.

Individuals not currently employed in a public school unit:

• Should maintain their own records of renewal credit until it is time to renew their licenses.

• Renew their license on the DPI’s Online Licensure System.

• DPI licensure section does not accept renewal credits of less than 1 unit.