edTPA for North Carolina

Beginning July 1, 2018, candidates participating in edTPA will be exempt from the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessment requirement if they can produce evidence of meeting the NC DPI established passing standard for the officially scored assessment.

Beginning September 1, 2019, all candidates seeking initial licensure in North Carolina will be required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject-specific assessment. Please check with your faculty advisor about program-specific edTPA requirements established for 2020–2021.


For more information about teacher licensure within North Carolina, or to contact licensure staff at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, please visit the NC Professional Educator's License page link opens in a new window.

Passing Scores for North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has established a passing threshold for edTPA. The following table lists the NC DPI approved edTPA cutscores:

Performance Assessment Required for Licensure edTPA Passing Score edTPA Highly Qualified Score
13 Rubric Handbooks 15 Rubric Handbooks 18 Rubric Handbooks 13 Rubric Handbooks 15 Rubric Handbooks 18 Rubric Handbooks
2017–2018 No 32 38 45 42 48 57
2018–2019 No 32 38 45 42 48 57
2019–2020 Yes 32 38 45 42 48 57
2020–2021 Yes 32 38 45 42 48 57
2021–2022 Yes 34* 40* 48* 42* 48* 57*

* These scores are estimates until North Carolina data collected over 2018–2019, 2019–2020, and 2020–2021 can be analyzed to determine North Carolina-specific cut scores beginning in 2021–2022.

** The consequential date for edTPA and PPAT begins on September 1, 2019.

The North Carolina-established passing threshold for 2019–2020 will remain for the 2020–2021 program year.

Note - Handbooks with only 13 rubrics include World Language and Classical Languages. Handbooks with 18 rubrics include the two Elementary Education handbook options. All other edTPA handbooks consist of 15 rubrics.

Your handbook selection should be aligned with your clinical experience. Please call or contact your state office of educator licensing for specific details.

For additional information regarding edTPA state policies, please review AACTE's state participation information. link opens in a new window