Standard Professional License I (Sp1) (NC)

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Standard Professional License I (Sp1) (NC)

Description
Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s Licenses are intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience and are valid for three years.
License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: North Carolina
Contact Name: Licensure Section
Contact Phone: 800-577-7994 within NC / 919-807-3310 outside NC
Contact Email: asklicensure@dpi.nc.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/beginning/

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required.

Notes
Applicants who have completed another state’s approved alternative route to licensure, met the federal requirements to be designated as “Highly Qualified,” and earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college may apply for the SP1.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Student Teaching Okay.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s):

Course needed: Major in Content Language or 24 hours or Praxis II exam to meet federal requirements for “Highly Qualified”.
Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
The ACTFL languages (Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Russian) are available only through add-on or lateral routes.

All Middle Grades, Secondary Grades, and K-12 initial SP1 licensure applicants are required to:
1) Take the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area at least once during the first year of teaching

2) Pass the SBE approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area in order to convert the initial SP1 to the SP2 license.

No Pedagogy exam is required.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/steps/

Copy of Tuberculosis Test Report: Submission of NC Health Examination Certificate upon employment.

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=north-carolina

Background Check
Required
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable
The Standard Professional License (SP1) is valid for initial employment in North Carolina. It converts to a Standard Professional 2 license when the holder successfully completes the North Carolina Beginning Teacher Support Program and passes the SBE approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area.

Detailed renewal information found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/update/

Notes:
Forms A/V/OS-HQ, if applicable
NC does not require applicants to submit a fingerprint clearance to obtain their teaching license. However, individual school districts may require a state and federal background check as part of their hiring process. Contact your local school district for additional information.

For degrees earned abroad, the transcripts must be translated into English by an evaluating agency. NC DPI will not accept translations done by the applicant. There are many evaluating agencies. One example is International Education Evaluations.

Applicants must submit ORIGINAL, DEGREE DATED transcripts for each of degree and any coursework he/she has completed not listed on their transcript (community college or post-degree credits.)

Grade reports and computer-generated copies are unacceptable.

Official transcripts for coursework being used for HQ (“Highly Qualified”) purposes must be included with the application.
The Standard Professional License (SP1) is valid for initial employment in North Carolina. It converts to a Standard Professional 2 license when the holder successfully completes the North Carolina Beginning Teacher Support Program and passes the SBE approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:43:22 PM


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