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Save NC Public Montessori Teachers (and Tax Payer Dollars)

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Public Montessori Teachers in North Carolina are facing issues with licensing and many teachers are at risk of losing their jobs due to issues over credits.

North Carolina has at least 16 public Montessori Schools that are registered in the public Montessori database. There is often no guarantee that these schools will be staffed with Montessori credentialed teachers.

Montessori teachers undergo a rigorous one year (or longer depending on the grade level) teacher education program that is accredited by MACTE.  Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education or MACTE is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).  MACTE is one of two Teacher Education Accreditors in addition to the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). 

To teach in the public sector in the state of North Carolina, a teacher must have North Carolina teaching license.  Teachers must pass the Praxis exam and have a Bachelors Degree, as well as have a certain number of credit hours to be eligible for a NC teaching License. 

The North Carolina State Board of Education (NC SBE) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will not recognize MACTE teacher education credits towards licensure credits for Montessori teachers.

North Carolina schools systems hire a teachers with a NC teacher license and pay for that teacher to obtain his or her Montessori credential.  This program can cost anywhere from $6000 to $10000.  There is no guarantee that this teacher will stay or even complete the teacher education program.

North Carolina school systems will also hire Montessori credentialed teachers without a NC teaching license through the lateral entry program. In this program, teachers have 3 years to complete nearly 30 hours of course work at their own cost. 

NC School systems are currently paying $6000-$10000 for a NC licensed teacher to obtain a Montessori credential.  DPI and NC SBE will not recognize any Montessori teacher education program credits towards licensure.  

There is an overlap between curriculums and standards which begs the questions, why are North Carolina school systems willing to pay twice for credits that are equal?  

Please help to petition the NC State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction to recognize Montessori teacher education program credits towards licensure.  This will not only save the state and local level money, but will also help to keep credentialed Montessori teachers in the classroom and in our schools, ensuring that our Montessori public programs are authentic and staffed by Montessori credentialed teachers. 



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