(a)  Each IHE that seeks approval for any teacher education program must file with the department a preliminary application.

(b)  The IHE shall engage in self-study in accordance with the existing National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/state or the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/state protocol agreement.

(c)  When the IHE has completed all preparation phases of the self-study, the department shall send a visitation committee to verify the reports for all specialty areas for which approval is sought.

(d)  The SBE shall notify IHEs that are denied approval of the reasons for denial. The IHE may reapply after it has corrected the conditions that led to the denial of approval.

(e)  Each approved IHE shall continually review its programs. The SBE shall annually monitor student performance based upon required examinations and progression toward continuing licensure. The IHE may request or the SBE may conduct a re-evaluation at any time.

(f)  During the final year of the current approval period, the IHE shall arrange for a re-approval committee visit.

(g)  The SBE must approve any revisions to approved programs.

(h)  The SBE must approve each teacher education program before an IHE may recommend its graduates for licensure. In making recommendations to the SBE and in determining the approval status of an IHE teacher education program and its specialty area program, such as mathematics or science, the state evaluation committee and the SBE, respectively, shall weigh the following criteria:

(1)           SACS accreditation of the IHE;

(2)           either:

(A)          full accreditation or accreditation with stipulations of the professional education unit by the NCATE at the basic and advanced levels, as appropriate; or

(B)          full accreditation or provisional accreditation of the program(s) by TEAC;

(3)           all IHE specialty area program reports at the undergraduate and graduate levels;

(4)           evidence that the IHE requires at least a 2.50 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for formal admission into teacher education;

(5)           evidence that during the two preceding consecutive years, 70% of the graduates of the IHE have passed the NTE/PRAXIS exams administered by the Educational Testing Service to measure an applicant's academic and professional preparation and required for licensure;

(6)           evidence that during the two preceding consecutive years, 95% of the graduates of the IHE employed by public schools in the State have earned a continuing license as provided by Rule .0304 of this Subchapter; and

(7)           evidence that faculty members assigned by the IHE to teach undergraduate or graduate methods courses or to supervise field experiences for prospective teachers hold valid North Carolina teachers' licenses in the area(s) of their assigned responsibilities.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 115C‑12(9)a.; 115C-296(b); N.C. Constitution, Article IX, s. 5;

Eff. July 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2004; August 1, 2000; July 1, 1993; December 1, 1992; March 1, 1990.