Educator experience can be added to a license in several ways. The three most common ways to add experience are through the K-12 setting, the college teaching experience, or through relevant non-teaching experience.
For all K-12 educator experience, the Form E is required by NCDPI. Service as a tutor, clerical paraprofessional, or day-to-day substitute teacher is not recognized for professional educator experience credit.
Service as an Instructional Teacher Assistant qualifies for experience credit. It must be completed on the bottom section of Form E. If the experience is prior to a bachelor degree, it takes two years of service to earn one year of credit. If it is after the degree, the service is counted year for year.
At least 6 full months of employment must be worked in order for any K-12 experience to count as a year of service.
For any college teaching, the experience must be submitted on the CE Form required by NCDPI.
Credit for college teaching experience is calculated as follows: teaching two courses (six semester hours or class hours) is considered half-time work; teaching four courses (twelve semester hours or class hours) is considered full-time work.
For relevant non-teaching experience, the NE Form must be completed. NCDPI Licensure Section requires that an official job description be included for each relevant job held. Non-teaching experience must be recommended by the school district after being employed and at least 12 full months of service must be earned in order to submit to NCDPI for review.
Employed educators should submit all experience verification forms to the Johnston County Schools Licensure Team who will work with the educator to submit the experience request to NCDPI. The fee for requesting experience credit is $60 and must be paid by VISA or MasterCard. If the educator is submitting an initial application to NCDPI, the experience should be submitted with that request to avoid multiple fees.
All experience forms can be found on NCPDI’s website