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The Human Resources Department provides the district with effective human resource management services that focus on our customers' needs. MCS support the strategic goals of the district by attracting, developing and retaining a diverse, qualified and capable workforce to provide high quality educational services to all our students.

 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a MCS employee.
 
Below you will find helpful information to help you get started:
 
 
 
NEED TO CHECK MY CEU'S: CLICK HERE 
 
NCDPI  Online Licensure System: CLICK HERE
 
CEU REQUIREMENTS: CLICK HERE
 
 
BENEFITS: Here you will find the benefits available for public school employees, including the Benefits Manual, Medical Plan, and the NC Retirement System.   CLICK HERE
 
 
 

Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines (Click here to visit NC DPI)

**The definition of teacher includes instructional support personnel

Credits required to Renew Continuing Licenses expiring on June 30, 2017 & June 30, 2018 Credits required to Renew Continuing licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019

Grades K-8

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 General - Not including years of experience

Grades K-8

  • 3 Academic Subject Area – Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies

Grades 9-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 5 General

Grades 9-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General
Teachers earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification or completing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process receive 8 renewal credits. Educators who complete the ten year national board renewal cycle may earn two credits.

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 5 General

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General

*Subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates

Renewal Criteria:

  • A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system. A unit reflects ten contact hours.
  • One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.
  • For a professional educator's license to remain current, all credit must be earned by the expiration date of the existing professional educator's license.
  • To renew an expired professional educator's license, 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.

Activities accepted for renewal credit:

  • College or university courses
    • Official transcripts are required as documentation; grade reports are not accepted.
  • Local in-service courses or workshops
    • The administrative unit certifies credits.
  • Classes and workshops approved by an LEA
    • Documentation of completion is provided by the agency sponsoring the activity.
 

Keeping records of renewal credit: (Please send in your current CEU'S to Nichole Lewis)

  • Individuals employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should contact the superintendent, headmaster, or designated staff development coordinator about all renewal questions and recording of credits earned.
  • Individuals not currently employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should maintain their own records of renewal credit until it is time to renew their professional educator's licenses. Prior to the time of renewal (late April to early May of the year of expiration) such credits should be submitted to the Licensure Section for renewal.

 

 
 ***Please Send ALL CERTIFIED CEU Certificates to MCS Licensure Specialist Nichole Lewis by            Scanning or Sending through Inner School Mail.***
 
 ***Please send All NON-CERTIFIED CEU Certificates to Becky Smith***
  
 
Thank you on a black board
Why do you teach? You chose the best profession in the world for a reason.
Everyone has a favorite teacher that they remember from their childhood.  Who was yours?  What about that teacher made them stand out?  Now think of yourself.  Do you hold those same qualities?  At McDowell County Schools, we are looking for bright, energetic, motivated, and dedicated teachers. We encourage teachers to use their imagination and ingenuity to bring subjects to life in ways students will always remember. Our Mission is to deliver excellence in education where students are engaged in collaboration, communication, and innovation so that they graduate ready to achieve success and positively shape the future. We want individuals who will be inspiring leaders in and out of the classroom, raise achievement for every student and will never settle with the status quo.  We want teachers that students will remember and talk about for years to come.  If you are ready to help prepare every child, every day, for a better tomorrow, click the following links for more information. 
 

Licensure Resources

Licensure ensures that children in our school system are served by educators with the knowledge and skills to deliver a sound educational program. Licensure also assures that professional school personnel engage in ongoing staff development activities that help them continually improve the overall quality of Education in McDowell County Schools.

Employees of McDowell County Schools are required by the State Board of Education to hold an appropriate license for the subject, grade level, or assignment taught. It is important to note that licensure requirements are dictated by this state, and the Local Educational Agency (LEA) must comply with these regulations.

If you have not done so already, you are required to file your licensure application packet within 30 days of employment. The following items are required: 

  • Application for a North Carolina Teacher License 
  • Legible official transcript(s) that show the type of degree(s) you were awarded and the date awarded 
  • Certificates or licenses held in other states (a license in another state does not preclude your having to meet North Carolina requirements) 
  • Verification by Institution (To be completed by institution where any/all advanced degrees were received, i.e., masters, advanced, doctorate) 
  • NTE/PRAXIS Tests (If scores are not available, appropriate tests should be taken at the first available opportunity, but no later than March of the first year of employment.) For some core subject areas, the test will be required before you are eligible for a position. 
  • Verification of Experience 
  • Processing fee of $85 made payable to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

 

It is critical that you complete your licensure requirements as early as possible. Licensure application packets can be downloaded from the State Department web site at www.ncpublicschools.org.

 

Apply for and update North Carolina license online (click here)

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSE QUALIFICATIONS

Professional Educator's Initial Licenses are intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience, and are valid for three years. To be issued a Professional Educator's Initial License, an individual must have:
  • completed a state approved teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.
    1. Praxis II Testing - for middle grades (6-9), secondary (9-12), and K-12 (including Exceptional Children: General Curriculum) license areas.
    2. Pearson Testing for North Carolina: Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum - for Elementary Education and Exceptional Children: General Curriculum licenses only.
 

Upgrading Your License

To upgrade the educational levels of an existing license, you will need the following:

    • An evaluation fee of $60.00.This can be paid by visiting the new online licensure website and completing the applicant information needed. It will then prompt you for payment. You may pay by personal check, money order, or certified check (made payable to the NC Department of Public Instruction) or by Visa or MasterCard. To pay by credit card, fill out the credit card payment form or enter information on the licensure website.




  • Transcripts of any degree not already on file in DPI's Licensure Section. Original transcripts must show the type of degree and the date it was awarded.
 
  • Specialty area or subject assessment score if a Praxis test is required for the area being added. Individuals who complete an out-of-state education program may submit the application without a test score. You will be issued a temporary permit valid until June 30 of the school year in which the license is issued to meet testing requirements.
 

***The evaluation fee for upgrading your license covers the applications for experience credit if the upgrade information and the experience application are sent together.***

 

 TO CHANGE YOUR NAME ON YOUR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSE:

 

Submit your request through the online licensure website and include the following: 
  • Form U (Click Here)
  • Processing fee payable to the Department of Public Instruction
  • Appropriate legal documents which verify the change (i.e. copies of: Marriage Certificate, Social Security Card, Driver's License.)
  • Processing fee of $60.00
 
 
Brian Oliver
Executive Director of Administration

Nichole Lewis
Licensure/HR Support Specialist, Certified Services

Becky Smith
Executive Assistant, Non-Certified Services

Robin Smith
Receptionist, Substitutes, Background Checks