Individuals on a cultural exchange visa who hold at least a baccalaureate degree earned at the equivalent of a regionally accredited institution, meet their countries’ requirements for qualified teachers, and have at least two years of classroom teaching experience may be issued an International Faculty License for a maximum of three years at the bachelor’s level with zero years of experience. With appropriate documentation from the U.S. Department of State, the International Faculty license can be extended for an additional two years under certain circumstances and at the request of the employing LEA or charter school. The International Faculty License is not renewable. To be eligible for this license, the teacher must complete the equivalent of NC’s High Objective State Standard of Evaluation administered by an NCDPI-authorized evaluator.
Individuals on a cultural exchange visa who hold at least a baccalaureate degree earned at the equivalent of a regionally accredited institution and meet their countries’ requirements for qualified teachers, but with fewer than two years of classroom teaching experience, may be issued an International Faculty License to participate in a federally approved pilot program for international teachers provided they otherwise meet the “Highly Qualified” requirements of No Child Left Behind. The non-renewable International Faculty License is issued for a maximum of three years.
Teachers issued the International Faculty License may add languages to their license by earning a rating of at least “Advanced Low” proficiency on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Test, or, if the language is American Sign Language (ASL), by earning a rating of at least “Advanced” proficiency on The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.