The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) was created on September 1, 2017 as a part of the passing of Senate Bill 599 (Section 1.(a)., Article 17.C.115C-268.1.).  

The purpose of the Commission as an advising body to the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) is to do the following:

  • involve stakeholders in establishing high standards for North Carolina educators.
  • make rule recommendations for the SBE regarding all aspects of preparation, licensure, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators.
  • exercise its powers and duties independently of - while located administratively under - the SBE.

Dr. Patrick Miller, Chair
Superintendent, Greene County Schools
Dr. Michael Maher, Vice Chair
Assistant Dean for Professional Education and Accreditation, NC State University
Dr. Ann Bullock, Secretary
Dean of the School of Education, Elon University
Mr. Joseph Childers
Principal, Simon G Atkins Academic and Technology High School, Winston-Salem
Dr. Van Dempsey
Dean of the Watson College of Education, UNC Wilmington
Dr. Aaron Fleming
Superintendent, Harnett County Schools
Ms. Lauren Genesky
Teacher at Millbrook High School, Raleigh
Dr. Anthony Graham
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Winston-Salem State University
Ms. Robin Hiatt
Teaching and Learning Coach, Johnston County Schools
Dr. Samuel Houston
President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Ms. Glenda Jones
Assistant Superintendent, Cabarrus County Schools
Dr. Connie Locklear
Director of the Indian Resource Center, Public Schools of Robeson County
Mr. Andrew Lakis
Executive Director, Teach for America Eastern NC
Ms. Meaghan Loftus
Principal at Ashley Park PK-8 School, Charlotte
Dr. Ellen McIntyre
Dean of the Cato College of Education, UNC Charlotte
Mr. Freebird McKinney
North Carolina State Teacher of the Year
Dr. Hank Weddington
Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Lenoir Rhyne University
Dr. Westley Wood
Executive Director of Personnel and Human Resources, Wilkes County Schools

FAQs about PEPSC

How are the members selected?
Senate Bill 599 sets the criteria for appointing PEPSC members. This bill states that PEPSC will consist of 18 members total, eight appointed by the NC Senate and eight appointed by the NC House of Representatives (HR). Each legislative body must appoint members for a two-year term, except for the NC Teacher of the Year who serves one year, who represent specific stakeholders within the world of educator preparation and K-12 public school education. These stakeholders include Principals, Superintendents, HR Directors, Teachers and University Education Faculty.

When and where does PEPSC meet?
PEPSC meets the second Thursday of each month in the 7th Floor State Board Room of the NC State Education Building. The address is 301 N. Wilmington Street; Raleigh, NC. As a public body, PEPSC’s official meetings are open to the public.

  What topics has PEPSC focused on since September 2017?

  • Residency license model (replacing lateral license model)
  • EPP Authorization process and individual licensure area approval process
  • School Administrator Preparation Standards
  • edTPA/PPAT cut scores
  • CTE licensure Policies and Procedures manual updates
  • Supporting the focus on rigorous outcomes data to assess effectiveness
  • Alignment of SB599 with Licensure policy
  • Alignment of SB599 with Educator Preparation policy

Where can I find meeting minutes and agendas?
For future meetings, agendas can be found 48 hours prior to the meeting on the NC State Board of Education Meeting website under the UPCOMING tab. NOTE: The live audio streaming link, directions, and parking are located on this webpage with the meeting information. For previous meetings, minutes and agendas can also be found on the NC State Board of Education Meeting website under the PRIOR tab. For agendas, locate the correct date on the meeting listing and for minutes, locate the following meeting’s agenda to find them listed and posted there.

Use the following link to sign-up for DPI alerts, which will include PEPSC meeting notifications, by email or text:

When is the next meeting?
Meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month at 9 AM. The meeting is listed on the NC State Board of Education Meeting website at least 48 hours prior to the set meeting date and time.