The Educator Preparation office at the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) implements the North Carolina Educator Preparation Program Approval process. Educator Preparation establishes, develops, and maintains positive working relationships among the NCDPI and the public and private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). IHEs with educator preparation programs are known as Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs).

The NCDPI Educator Preparation office:

  • Provides technical assistance in the development of educator preparation programs at IHEs
  • Manages the program proposal “Blueprint” process required for recommendation to the State Board of Education for approval and implementation
  • Collects and analyzes program effectiveness data from each IHE for the IHE Performance Reports and IHE Educator Preparation Program Report Cards
  • Assists IHEs with Title II reporting as required by the Higher Education Act
  • Monitors and consults with Educator Preparation Program Providers regarding productivity and effectiveness of education graduates
  • Collaborates with the University of North Carolina System public institutions and NC Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) for alignment with state and national standards and continuous improvement of educator preparation programs
  • Guides and supports Education Program Providers at IHEs with national accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)