School PD Requirements in North Carolina

What professional development requirements does a school in North Carolina need to meet?

As of July 1, 2021, each K-12 public school unit (PSU) must adopt and implement a plan for promoting student mental health and well-being. This includes a mental health training program and a suicide risk referral protocol.

The training must be provided at no cost to employees and include at least six hours of content for initial training occurring within first six months of employment.  This must also include at least two hours of annual subsequent training.

The training must include:

According to the NC School Violence Prevention Act, anti-bullying policies must be incorporated into a school’s employee training program.

How do I get free clock hours for teachers in my school?

NC schools can enroll their teachers in Keeping Kids Safe, a free clock hour class. This free online PD course is a great introduction to recognizing and preventing human trafficking for educators.

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How do I contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction?
Contact the NCDPI
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
(919) 807-3300


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your school and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and school PD requirements in North Carolina listed on this page are current as of July 6th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State professional development  requirements and may change and it is your responsibility as a school administrator to know your state staff development requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or local authority.

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