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Program Review and Approval is Required for allNorth Carolina Educator Preparation Programs

Every seven years the Department of Public Instruction requires a review and State Board of Education approval of all existing education programs offered by public and private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in North Carolina. This year, 2016-17, this process must be conducted again.

What is the process? The process for this comprehensive review and approval is essentially the same as the biannual process submitting for a new program or making changes to an existing program. Here is the process:

1. IHEs submit a proposal for review for every program they currently offer.
2. NCDPI works to assign 2 reviewers from across the state that are experts in the field of the program proposal.
3. The reviewers either recommend the proposal for State Board approval or request additional information of the IHE about the program based on criteria provided by NCDPI in compliance with North Carolina law and Board policy. If additional information is requested, the IHE can resubmit the updated proposal for a second review.
4. Reviewer recommended proposals then move to the NC Board of Education for Approval.
5. Programs must have State Board of Education approval before enrolling students.

The New Online Educator Preparation Program Submission and Approval Process
The NCDPI has updated the older 'Blueprint' process for program submission and approval. The new 'Statement of Assurances' meets requirements of North Carolina law and State Board of Education policy. Multiple webinars for support with this new platform and process have been conducted and will continue through March 2017.

Helpful information:
1. The proposal platform is accessed with an individual's NCID account number. This NCID is not assigned to institutions, but to individuals. Each individual must have their own unique NCID account number for access. The platform URL can be found at

2. Directions for acquiring the NCID and how to use the proposal submission platform. The url for getting an NCID is

3. A 30-minute how-to Webinar can be viewed here by IHE faculty who are new to the proposal submission platform and seek additional support after participating in a live training Webinar.

4. Variations and unique components of some educator preparation programs can make proposal submission challenging, especially when trying to enter a program proposal into a fixed entry platform. To help address many of those questions, a FAQ document is available here.

5. Have an interest in being a proposal reviewer? Go here apply! The process is easy and all qualified reviewers are welcome.

5. Have questions? Contact us by email for faster response.

(Vacant) Director of Education Preparation

Andrew Sioberg, Service Support Coordinator

Dr. David Wiley, Proposal Review Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Olson, Previous Proposal Review Coordinator: