PRIVATE ALTERNATIVE TEACHER PREPARATION.

View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 634 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 6, 2017
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPROVE CERTAIN QUALIFYING ALTERNATIVE LATERAL ENTRY EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS.
Intro. by Hardister, Blackwell, Elmore, Quick.

Status: Re-ref to Education/Higher Education. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate Action) (Jun 13 2017)

SOG comments (1):

Long Title Change

House committee substitute to the 1st edition made changes to the long title. The original title is as follows:

AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPROVE CERTAIN QUALIFYING ALTERNATIVE LATERAL ENTRY TEACHER EDUCATION PREPARATION PROGRAMS.

H 634

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 20 2017 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Renames GS 115C-269.12 as Lateral entry educator preparation programs (currently, Lateral entry teacher education preparation programs). Makes conforming changes to refer to lateral entry educator preparation programs throughout the statute, and changes the act's long title.

    Amends proposed subsection (a1), which directs the State Board of Education (State Board) to approve at least one and no more than four alternative, private, for-profit, or nonprofit lateral entry educator preparation programs if the programs meets the standards set by the State Board. Deletes the provision prohibiting the standards from exceeding the standards applicable to institutions of higher education that offer other lateral entry programs. Makes organizational and technical changes to the requirements provided that must be included in the State Board's standards. 

    Amends subsection (d) to establish that an individual must hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in order to participate in a lateral entry program of study (currently, specified participation in the community college or private, non-profit two-year college program of study for lateral entry teachers).

    Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to present the participation applications from alternative, private, for‑profit, or nonprofit lateral entry educator preparation programs to the State Board by September 15, 2017 (previously, September 1, 2017). Requires the Board to approve at least one, but no more than four, programs by November 15, 2017 (previously, October 15, 2017), if those programs meet the statutory requirements and have at least five years of experience providing educator preparation services.


  • Summary date: Apr 6 2017 - More information

    Amends GS 115C-296.12 by requiring that the State Board of Education (Board) approve at least one, but no more than four, alternative, private, for‑profit, or nonprofit lateral entry teacher education preparation programs if the programs meet the Board's standards. Specifies that the standards must not exceed those applicable to institutions of higher education that offer other lateral entry programs. Sets out five requirements that must be included in the standards, including at least 80 instructional hours of classroom readiness training before entering the classroom, and a minimum of three educator coaching visits in the first year of teaching.

    Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to request participation applications from alternative, private, for‑profit, or nonprofit lateral entry teacher education preparation programs by August 1, 2017, and present those applications to the Board by September 1, 2017. Requires the Board to approve at least one, but no more than four, programs by October 15, 2017, if those programs meet the statutory requirements and have at least five years of experience providing educator preparation services. Allows approved programs to begin operating as early as the 2018 spring academic term.

    Requires the Board, by December 15, 2019, and annually thereafter, to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the performance of teachers who attain a North Carolina teaching license through an alternative, private, for‑profit, or nonprofit lateral entry teacher education preparation program. Requires the Board to collect information on the performance of an individual teacher for each year, up to five years, after that teacher attains a North Carolina teaching license. Specifies items to be included in the report.


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