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edTPA for North Carolina

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 2017.


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 not yet established a passing threshold for edTPA. Once approved, edTPA cutscores will be posted here for candidate and program reference.

Assessment Areas for North Carolina

The table below matches initial teaching licensure areas with the edTPA handbooks approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Candidates should confirm the appropriate edTPA portfolio handbook with their faculty advisor before registering for the assessment.

Initial License edTPA Handbook
Please verify your handbook selection with your faculty advisor
Elementary—Birth through Kindergarten Early Childhood
Elementary (K–6) Must complete one of the following:
  • Elementary Education (contains both Literacy and Mathematics components); or
  • Elementary Literacy; or
  • Elementary Mathematics
Elementary—English as a Second Language (K–6) English as an Additional Language
Elementary Reading (K–6 ) To Be Determined
Elementary Special Education—General Curriculum (grades K–6) Special Education
Elementary Special Education—Adaptive Curriculum (grades K–6) Special Education
Exceptional Children Special Education
Middle Grades
Middle Grades Language Arts Middle Childhood English Language Arts
Middle Grades Mathematics Middle Childhood Mathematics
Middle Grades Science Middle Childhood Science
Middle Grades Social Studies Middle Childhood History/Social Studies
Secondary (9–12)
Secondary English (9–12) Secondary English Language Arts
Secondary Mathematics (9–12) Secondary Mathematics
Secondary Science (9–12) Secondary Science
Secondary Earth Science (9–12) Secondary Science
Secondary Biology (9–12) Secondary Science
Secondary Physics (9–12) Secondary Science
Secondary Chemistry (9–12) Secondary Science
Secondary Social Studies (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary Political Science (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary Geography (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary History (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary Economics (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary Sociology (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary Anthropology (9–12) Secondary History/Social Studies
Secondary French (9–12) World Language
Secondary Spanish (9–12) World Language
Secondary German (9–12) World Language
Secondary Japanese (9–12) World Language
Secondary Russian (9–12) World Language
Secondary Latin (9–12) Classical Languages
Secondary Bible (9–12 ) At this time, there is no edTPA handbook available for this license.
Special Subjects (K–12)
Art (K–12) Visual Arts
Music (K–12) K–12 Performing Arts
Dance (K–12) K–12 Performing Arts
Theater Arts (K–12) K–12 Performing Arts
Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education
Health and Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education
Speech Communication (K–12) At this time, there is no edTPA handbook available for this license.
English as a Second Language (K–12) English as an Additional Language
Reading (K–12 ) To Be Determined
American Sign Language (K–12) World Language
French (K–12) World Language
Spanish (K–12) World Language
German (K–12) World Language
Japanese (K–12) World Language
Russian (K–12) World Language
Exceptional Children
Exceptional Children Special Education
Career and Technical Education
Agricultural Education Agricultural Education
Business and Information Technology Education Must complete one of the following:
  • Business Education; or
  • Technology and Engineering Education
Career–Technical Education At this time, there is no edTPA handbook available for this license.
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences
Marketing Education Business Education
Technology Education Technology and Engineering Education

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