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ADMINISTRATORS / SPECIAL SERVICE PERSONNEL

School-Based Administrators and Special Service Personnel

Below you will find the specific requirements that must be met for employment in North Carolina. These positions DO require the individual to hold a valid state professional educator's license.

Special Service personnel include administrators, student services personnel, and instructional support personnel. For these personnel, there may be tenure differences, term contracts, unique salary schedules, and restrictions on provisional licenses available.

Student services personnel who have completed an approved preparation program and satisfied NC's testing requirements are issued a Standard Professional 2 Professional Educator's License. Student services personnel who have completed an approved preparation program but not satisfied NC's testing requirements are issued a Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator's License. When NC's testing requirements are satisfied, the license is converted to a Standard Professional 2 Professional Educator's License.

Student services personnel who are:

  • Fully licensed in another state and meet NC State Board of Education approved licensure exam requirements or have National Board Certification will be issued the Standard Professional 2 Professional Educator's License.
  • Fully licensed in another state and have three or more years of student services school experience in another state, but who have not met NC State Board of Education approved licensure exam requirements or earned National Board Certification will be issued the Standard Professional 2 Professional Educator's License after one year of satisfactory student services experience in NC with the recommendation of the employing LEA which includes verification that the LEA will offer the individual re-employment with the LEA. The individual will not be required to accept the offer of re-employment.

REQUIREMENTS

Requirement for All Areas

Professional Educator's License Areas and Requirements

  • School Administrator - Superintendent
    Note: Eligibility to serve as a superintendent must be verified by the State Board of Education prior to election by a local board of education.
    • Minimum of one year of experience (or the equivalent) as a principal.
    • Advanced graduate level (sixth-year degree) in school administration.
      OR
    • At least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and five years leadership or managerial experience considered relevant by the employing local board of education.
  • School Administrator - Principal
    • Completion of an approved program in school administration at the master's level or above.
    • No provisional principal's licenses are issued for service as a principal.
  • School Administrator - Assistant Principal
    • Completion of an approved program in school administration at the master's level or above.
    • Provisional principal's licenses are issued for service as an assistant principal if the local board determines there is a shortage of individuals with principal licensure.
    • Affiliation with a master's school administrator program must occur before the expiration of the provisional license. Provisional principal licenses can be extended for up to two additional school years during which time program requirements must be met.
  • Curriculum Instructional Specialist
    • Completion of an approved program for a curriculum instructional specialist at the master's degree level or above
    • NTE/Praxis Educational Leadership: Administrative and Supervision. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Career-Technical Director
    • Completion of an approved program for a career-technical education director at the master's level or above
  • Exceptional Children Program Administrator
    * Licensure as an exceptional children program director is a supervisory classification.
    • A master's degree in an exceptional children area or an advanced (sixth year) degree in school psychology
    • Three graduate semester hours of credit in each of the following:
      • Administration
      • Curriculum development
      • Supervision
    • NTE/Praxis Educational Leadership: Administrative and Supervision. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
      OR
    • A master's degree in administration and/or curriculum instruction
    • Nine semester hours of course work in exceptional children
    • NTE/Praxis Educational Leadership: Administrative and Supervision. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Instructional Technology Specialist - Computers
    • Completion of a college or university program at the master's level or above
  • Instructional Technology Specialist -Telecommunications
    • Completion of a college or university program at the master's level or above
  • Media Supervisor (in addition to a master's degree in school media)
    • Completion of three graduate semester hours in each of the following:
      • Administration
      • Curriculum development
      • Supervision
  • Media Coordinator
    • One of the following:
      • Completion of an approved program for a media coordinator at the master's degree level or above
      • Completion of an approved program after July 1, 1984, allows a provisional license upon employment with requirement to update to master's degree level
      • Obtain a provisional media coordinator license as explained in Chapter 12, Out-of-Field Assignments
    • NTE/Praxis Library Media Specialist. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Associate Media Coordinator
    • New licenses are not issued in this area
    • Established licenses based on completion of an approved program prior to July 1, 1984, at the bachelor's level license (no requirement to upgrade to the master's level)
  • School Counselor
    • Completion of an approved program in school counseling at the master's level or above
    • NTE/Praxis School Guidance and Counseling test. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • School Social Worker
    • Completion of an approved program in school social work at the bachelor's level or above
  • School Psychologist
  • School Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Effective July 1, 2011 the North Carolina State Board of Education will accept only a current valid North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NCBOESLPA) license as the qualifying credential for service in public schools.
    • Once the speech-language pathologist has a NCBOESLPA license, they may apply to the Licensure Section of DPI
      • Must provide the Licensure Section of DPI the following:
        • Form A
        • Form V
        • Copy of current NCBOESLPA license
        • Degree dated transcripts
        • $85 fee non-refundable processing fee
        • Form E if teaching experience credit is applicable
        • Form RN and NE if non-teaching experience credit is applicable
  • School Audiologist
    • One of the following:
      • An audiology Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
      • A license from the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist
      • Completion of an approved program in audiology at the master's level or above
    • NTE/Praxis Audiology. Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • School Nurses
    • The DPI licensure section does not license school nurses. However, school nurses (employed after June 30, 1993) shall be required to hold a school nurse certificate from the American Nurses Association (ANA) or the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Registered nurses without ANA or NASN may be employed provisionally and must complete licensure requirements within three years.

* All personnel in supervisor or director assignments with specific responsibilities as instructional leaders, who consult with and advise teachers, administrators and other professional personnel, must hold a curriculum-instructional specialist license.

 

Professional Associations and Organizations

NC Association of Principals and Assistant Principals: An independent state association representing principals and assistant principals exclusively. It is also the NC affiliate of both the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA): NCASA represents central office administrators, principals, assistant principals and higher education professionals. Benefits and services include life and/or liability insurance for most membership classifications, a monthly newsletter, regular legislative updates reporting the activities of the General Assembly, a biannual leadership magazine, and statewide conferences and seminars.

Personnel Administrators of North Carolina (PANC): PANC is an organization comprised of LEA central office personnel administrators. The primary focus of this organization is to provide staff development, training, and support for school personnel officers in all areas related to human resource functions. For more information contact the School District Personnel Support section of the Department of Public Instruction 919.807.3365.

North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE): NCAE's mission is to advocate for members and students, to enhance the education profession and to advance public education.

Professional Educators of NC (PENC): PENC is an association of individuals committed to the right of every child to receive a quality, uninterrupted public education.

State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC): SEANC is committed to protecting and enhancing the rights and benefits of current, retired and future state employees.