Support for Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Licensure

The BK Project for licensed teachers expanded licensure support to teachers in selected private for-profit and nonprofit early childhood programs (Head Start, Developmental Day, Child Care) with funding from North Carolina's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. The NC Pre-Kindergarten Program's Early Educator Support, Licensure and Professional Development (EESLPD) office under the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education administers the RTT-ELC BK Project.

Early childhood education teachers holding a NC Birth-through-Kindergarten (B-K) or Preschool Add-on license, or teachers eligible for such a license have received assistance with license renewal and support services under the RTT-ELC BK Project. A total of 145 teachers on average have received mentor and/or evaluation services and a total of 231 teachers, identified as RTT, are enrolled with the EESLPD office as of April 2015.

Services provided under the RTT-ELC BK Project vary based on the type of license a teacher is eligible for or holds. Services may include:

  • License renewal – for Standard Professional II (SP II) levels only
  • Teacher evaluation – for SP I, SP II, Lateral Entry and Provisional levels
  • Mentoring – for Beginning Teacher Support Program for Lateral Entry and SP I levels
  • Professional development and training related to EESLPD Office process and a teacher’s Professional Development Plan (PDP).

The EESLPD office was able to serve more than the target number (100) of teachers for this activity because of the targeted recruitment of qualified early childhood professionals as partners and providing these partners with training, coaching, and support. Early childhood professionals who hold a NC SP II BK or Preschool Add-on license with at least 2 years of teaching experience applied to become EESLPD office mentors. Qualified administrators applied to become EESLPD office evaluators.

The NC Pre-K Program's EESLPD office manages all aspects of teacher licensure for early education lead teachers who work in nonpublic schools. Services are provided according to NC State Board of Education policy and NC Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements.

This Activity was supported by the RTT-ELC grant through December 2016 after which other funds will provide support going forward.

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