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PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372
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The Licensure Office is responsible for maintaining all documentation for candidates for admission to the Teacher Education Program and teacher licensure. This includes, but is not limited to, teacher education admission, monitoring compliance with teacher education policies after admission, and completion of state licensure packet upon completion of program. This office also completes programs of study for post baccalaurete students seeking licensure and monitors progression of alternative licensure students. The Licensure Office maintains data for national, state and local agencies unique to the Teacher Education Program.
For additional Licensure Information contact:
Nuekie Aku Opata
School of Education, Room 101A
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Committee selectively admits and periodically evaluates students in the Teacher Education Program on the basis of scholastic aptitude and suitability for teaching. Admission into the University as a student does not automatically satisfy eligibility requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility for admission into the Teacher Education Program will be determined by regulations current at the time initial application is made for admission into the program.
To be eligible for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee and approved for admission to the Teacher Education Program, each candidate must:
Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program when all of the requirements for admission have been met. Applications are available in the School of Education Licensure Office and on the School of Education website under Student Forms. Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in many specialty area, professional studies, and content pedagogy courses. Students will receive written notification from the School of Education that their application for the Teacher Education Program is approved or disapproved by the Teacher Education Committee. A student is not considered admitted to the Teacher Education Program until such notification is received.
Testing Requirement for Admission to the Teacher Education Program
State law requires that an undergraduate student seeking a degree in teacher education must attain passing scores on a pre-professional skills test prior to admission to an approved teacher education program in a North Carolina college or university. Students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program must satisfactorily complete the Praxis I Series, which includes subtests in reading, writing, and mathematics, or achieve the state established scores on the SAT or the ACT that allow individuals to be exempt from Praxis I testing requirements. Students must meet the required scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The School of Education must receive an official copy of the scores before the student may be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Student copies of scores are not acceptable. For more information about testing requirements or other requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, students should contact the School of Education.
Students with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Dean, of the School of Education and Ms. Mary Helen Walker, the Director of Disability Support Services.
NC State Licensure Examination Requirement: The Praxis II
All persons qualifying for licensure in North Carolina in the areas Elementary Education, Birth to Kindergarten Education and Special Education must pass the designated Praxis II specialty area test(s), as required. Alternative licensure teachers must meet Praxis II requirements as defined by current NC State Board of Education policy.
The School of Education must receive an official copy of satisfactory scores before a recommendation for licensure can be forwarded to the NC State Department of Public Instruction. Candidates should have their scores sent directly to the University by the testing company. Candidate copies are not accepted. Applications and information about the Praxis II tests are available at the Educational Testing Service website at http://www.ets.org.
Once the student has completed all requirements for their program area including passing the Praxis II tests, UNCP can recommend him/her for licensure. The student will fill out an Application for a North Carolina License (Form A) and submit the required fee in the form of check or money order payable to NCDPI to the Licensure Office. At that time, the Licensure Office will request an official copy of his/her transcript from the Registrar’s Office and submit the documentation to NCDPI for processing his/her license. The required amount of time required for NCDPI to process their licensure packet is four to six (4-6) weeks.
Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011
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