North Carolina – State Information

MEA President: Carol Earnhardt
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Jazzmone Sutton
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/21/2021
Adjourns: TBD

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Roy Cooper (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Dwight Craig Horn (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Cecil Antonio Brockman (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Richard Paul Horner (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 919-733-7760
Senate Secretary Contact 919-733-7761
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule Monthly – first week of the month – two day sessions
State Superintendent Mark Johnson

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Dr. Michael Wells and Chris Vecchione
Title IV Director Timothy Dryman,, 919-807-4049
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations Not found
Application Timeline for Federal Funds August 17


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

NC Music K-12 Professional Educator’s Initial License (3-year)
Professional Educator’s Continuing License (5-year)
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE), ACT, or SAT Praxis II: Music Content & Instruction (5114) None EdTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $70 application (in-state)
$100 application (out-of-state)

COVID-19 Information

Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit K-12

NC Arts Ed Recommendations

When North Carolina students return to school, they’ll do so under a plan to limit on-campus attendance, Gov. Roy Cooper announced July 14. Districts must offer online learning for students who are at higher health risks or who choose not to return. Districts can choose a fully-remote option if the infection rates in their area are high.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

NC:  $53,820 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Davidson County and allocated to teachers in the district by area and allowed complete voice and choice in how to best utilize the funds as long as they followed federal and state guidelines.

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

NC: Title IV-A funds were utilized in Davidson County to provide another quality instrument (tuba) for children to use in class. Now, students are having to use old instruments that are no longer high quality and do not work well. Because they will have a tuba to work with at school, one of the older ones can be taken home by students to be used as practice horns. Funding was also utilized in Davidson County to purchase music for choral students, instruments for general music students, professional development and staffing.