AN ACT TO MODIFY TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS.
Amends GS 115C-270.1 to define accredited educator preparation program or accredited EPP, defining the term to mean an entity that is located in the US and accredited to prepare, train, and recommend students for educator licensure by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Amends GS 115C-270.10, adding a fee for an initial application for a new graduate from any accredited EPP to the fees that may be set forth in the fee schedule for professional educator licensure by the State Board of Education (State Board). Amends the permitted fees to include application for an out-of-state applicant, rather than initial application for an out-of-state applicant. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 115C-270.15, making the examination scores set out for initial professional licenses permissive rather than mandatory. Changes the timeline for an applicant to meet the minimum scores for testing before or during the applicant's third year of teaching (was, before or during the applicant's second year of teaching, provided the applicant took the exam at least once during the first year of teaching). Makes conforming and clarifying changes.
Amends GS 115C-270.20, which requires the State Board to adopt rules for the issuance of certain classes of teacher licenses. Sets forth criteria for rules adopted pursuant to the statute, including requirements for out-of-state applicants consistent with GS 115C-270.25, as amended, and an alternative method of an applicant demonstrating academic and professional preparation if the applicant does not meet minimum scores for standard examinations but meets specified administrative requirements. Makes conforming changes to the classes of licenses to include satisfaction of administrative requirements and enrollment or completion of an accredited EPP, as specified.
Replaces the existing language of GS 115C-270.25 regarding out-of-state applicants. Now requires an out-of-state applicant with a full license in good standing be issued a continuing professional license by the State Board immediately upon the applicant meeting any administrative requirements established by the State Board. Requires out-of-state applicants who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an accredited EPP in another state but has not received a full teaching license in another state to meet the same requirements of an applicant who successfully completed or is enrolled in a recognized EPP located in the State.
Amends GS 93B-15.1(j), providing that for military spouses holding a current teaching license in another jurisdiction, GS 115C-270.25, as amended, applies when issuing teacher licenses. Excepts from the general provision deeming the State Board the occupational licensing board provisions of the statute regarding military spouses who hold a current teaching license from another jurisdiction.
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