Professional educators are able to apply for and update their North Carolina licenses online. Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system.
Go to the NCDPI Online Licensure System.
APPLYING FOR YOUR FIRST NORTH CAROLINA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSE
Professional Educator's Licensure Categories
- Professional Educator's Initial Licenses are intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience, and are valid for three years. To be issued a Professional Educator's Initial License, an individual must have:
- completed a state approved teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university, or
- completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.
- Praxis II Testing - for middle grades (6-9), secondary (9-12), and K-12 (including Exceptional Children: General Curriculum) license areas.
- Pearson Testing for North Carolina: Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum - for Elementary Education and Exceptional Children: General Curriculum licenses only.
- Out-of-state individuals with three or more years of experience who are applying for a NC Elementary Educator or Exceptional Children: General Curriculum teaching license and who have passed another state's licensure exam without mathematics and reading subtests may be issued an initial license. To convert to a NC Continuing license, the individual may enroll in NCDPI's Reading and Mathematics Foundations courses. Candidates who successfully complete these courses and pass the associated assessments for those courses may be eligible for a Continuing License. Visit www.ncsip.org for more information about the DPI courses: Reading Research to Classroom Practice (formerly called Reading Foundations) and Math Foundations.
- Professional Educator's Continuing Licenses are intended for teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience, and are valid for five years. Teachers who are fully licensed in another state who have three or more years of teaching experience AND who meet NC State Board of Education approved licensure exam requirements OR have National Board Certification are issued the Professional Educator's Continuing License.
HOW TO APPLY FOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSURE IN NORTH CAROLINA
By following our step-by-step instructions to submit an application through the NCDPI Online Licensure System, you will be on your way toward joining North Carolina's dynamic team of professional educators in our public schools. Please note that North Carolina does NOT have 100% Reciprocity with any state.