New Renewal Requirements for SP2 License
At the November meeting of the State School Board, the following policy, which applies to all individuals holding an SP2 license (a 5-year renewable license), was approved. This policy will apply to everyone who has a license expiration date of June 30, 2012, even those groups of certified teachers who were previously excluded from the former reading methods credit (i.e. media coordinators, school psychologists, counselors, and social workers).Update on Renewal Credits for a Standard Professional 2 License - During the 2011 session, the General Assembly reduced the number of renewal credits required for a teacher to renew a Standard Professional 2 license from 15 to 7.5. At the August State Board, members requested a task force be created to consider options for renewal credits. The State Board approved the following Task Force recommendations at its November meeting:
- 1 renewal credit for literacy
- 1 renewal credit in the specific academic subject area and
- 5.5 general credits (as determined by the LEA).
Credit is no longer given for teaching experience. In addition, teachers who complete National Board Certification may earn the 7.5 credits. Those who are in the 10-year National Board renewal cycle may earn 2 credits (1 for content and 1 for literacy).
Principals and assistant principals earn 3 credits focused on the school executives as instructional, human resources and managerial leader. The remaining 4.5 credits may be general credits.
The Board’s policy (TCP-A-005) addressing renewal requirements is available online at http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us .
It should be noted that the requirement for “literacy” does not apply just to reading methods but recognizes a variety of skills required in the development of a literate student: reading, writing, speaking, listening, & language as they relate to 21st century literacy. Examples could include informational literacy, media literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, etc.
It is our understanding at this time that all teaching experience credits previously posted during your current renewal cycle will not be counted toward license renewal.
We have spent some time obtaining clarification on some specifics related to this new policy and will answer any questions given the best information we have at this time.