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Welcome to Human Resources

The Human Resource 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.


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
Information on how to work for McDowell County Schools


CEU Requirments
How to Check CEUs:
Teachers can now submit CEU's through Timekeeper. We no longer take them by email or inner school mail. 
Please make sure to upload all certificates when submitting the CEU request and enter a date, amount of the CEU and specific area you want the CEU ​​credited to. 
*If the certificate is not uploaded then credit will not be approved. 
Here are the instructions:
After logging in to timekeeper, at the bottom of the page, on the left, you will see "submit for CEU approval." Complete the blank fields and upload your file. Once the CEU request has been made, we will review the information for approval. Once the approval has processed, the specific CEU credit will be visible.
*If the certificate is not uploaded then credit will not be approved. 
Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines
Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators:
For more information on how to obtain "DLC" credits, please visit: Digital Learning Competencies


Licensure requirements beginning July 1, 2019 include 2 in digital learning competencies.


Credits required to Renew Continuing licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019


Grades K-5

  • 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 6-12
  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General
Student Services Personnel
  • 3 Professional Discipline Area 
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General
  • 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
*Click the following link for more information regarding DLC's (Digital Learning Competencies): Digital Learning Competencies

 *Digital Learning Credits are not the same as Tech credits.

 *Tech credits can not be transferred over to Digital Learning Credits. 


Teacher Competencies:

Administrator Competencies:

 Please contact Aaron Slutsky for additional questions regarding Digital Learning Competencies. 

Teacher Licensing

NCDPI Online Licensure System

Apply For and Update North Carolina License Online

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 engages 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.
For further information, please visit our Lateral Entry/ Residency license information tab found to the right of this page. 

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 for 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.