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Teacher Evaluation Process

NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development

Early Childhood Educators who are enrolled with the EES Unit to attain and/or maintain NC Birth-through-Kindergarten licensure are required to align their instruction with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.  Teachers will apply these standards throughout their work as the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) appropriate to the age group of children being taught. Use of the NCSCOS (NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development) is required as part of the NC Teacher Evaluation Process. Teachers are required to continuously implement instructional practices, that align with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, in their classroom environment to support the developmental needs of all children.

To inform and support the alignment of curricula and the NC Standard Course of Study for Pre-K, all enrolled lead teachers are required to complete NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development– version 2013, online modules. Enrolled teachers and their site administrators will be provided more details, including a pacing guide, during the annual team agreement meeting conducted by their assigned mentor and/or evaluator.

Once assigned a mentor and/or evaluator, teachers will complete modules 1-6 over the course of the program year and receive individualized classroom-based support from their assigned mentor and/or evaluator. The assigned EES Office will issue a certificate of completion for completed modules at the end of the program year. All remaining modules will be completed during year 2 of service. 

Teachers holding NC Continuing Licensure (formerly SPII) may submit the certificate of completion from the assigned EES Office as renewal credits for their continuing license. Certificates will be submitted to the state office via US postal mail at Early Educator Support Unit, Early Education Branch, Education & Quality Section/ DCDEE, 2201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2200 or faxed to 919-715-0920

Some local education agencies (administered by the public schools) and NC Pre-K contracting agencies have already provided the modules (via face-to-face or hybrid platform) for teachers in the public and nonpublic schools. If you are enrolled in the EES Unit and have completed, part or all, of the 12 Foundations modules, please provide verification of completion to your assigned mentor and/or evaluator. 

Foundations for Families is designed to support early childhood professionals’ conversations with families around their child’s development. It is aligned with the 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development.  Teachers also can use the old version “Foundations for Preschoolers (2005) - WITH Black & White PICTURES” to send age-appropriate ideas for families to use with their children at home (“Strategies for families is located under each domain.)”




2201 Mail Service Center | Raleigh, NC 27699-2200
919-814-6300 | 1-800-859-0829 (In State Only)

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