Make a Montessori Pathway to Licensure in the State of North Carolina
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Dear North Carolina State Board of Education Members and Staff,
We are contacting you in the hope that you will be willing to lend your support for the application for Montessori Teacher Licensing. This process is extremely difficult and costly for Montessori teachers; North Carolina does not currently recognize USDE approved Montessori credentials and would like Montessori teachers to attain nearly 30 additional college credit hours for licensure which meet the same competencies as traditional programs.
A cohort of Montessorians in North Carolina have worked diligently with the State to match Montessori credentials to State Requirements, as well as submitted an application to create a pathway to licensure for Montessori teachers in North Carolina. The application proposed that Early Childhood Montessori teachers would take 2 courses and Elementary Montessori teachers would take 3 courses to bridge the gap of required coursework for State Licensure. This pathway to licensure application must be presented to the State Board of Education for review and hopeful approval. Even with the support of the State Superintendent, Mr. Johnson, each month this application is passed over for presentation by the members at the State Board of Education staff and Licensing. While it is protocol to have a meeting to resolve any problems with the application, a decision was made by licensure to skip this step and keep it from going in front of the State Board of Education. The rational given was that such actions would indicate promotion of Montessori as a preferred methodology. In reality, it is discriminatory against Montessori Teacher Education programs and credentials, despite having Montessori public, charter, and private schools in 27 cities in North Carolina.
There are teachers in their 3rd year of the lateral entry process and this process must be complete by July or they will lose their jobs. They have completed the 2 courses that are part of the proposal, but the application must be approved or they are out of a job!
We have many dedicated Montessori teachers and it would be a shame to lose these valuable Montessori educators. Please present the application for the pathway to licensure to the State Board of Education. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of Public Montessori Education in North Carolina and by finally creating this pathway with the State Board's approval, we will keep Montessori Public Schools alive and thriving in North Carolina.
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