All graduates from approved licensure programs of accredited North Carolina Universities will work through their university to obtain a license. The Licensure Administrator will work with the student and NCDPI to apply for their license. Graduates will need to register an account with the online licensure system in order to finalize the details of the application and to make the payment for the application for the license. The license processing fee is $70 and must be paid by VISA or Mastercard and is non-refundable.
If the graduate has previous teaching or non-teaching work experience, they should submit the experience with the initial application in order to avoid paying multiple licensure fees.
North Carolina will issue a license to out-of-state applicants based on their degree program completed and/or license that is held from another state. The license will be issued in area(s) as close to the other state as possible, but it may not be exact. For example, a license from Virginia for grades Kindergarten-2 will be issued in N.C. as an Elementary Ed: K-6 license because that is the closet area North Carolina issues. Also, some other areas MAY require additional coursework or testing for licensure in North Carolina than another state may require, thus requiring that the applicant meet a few more requirements to get fully licensed in a certain area.
Applications for a N.C. license are made through the online licensure system. The educator must register for an account and then applications can be created. Documents such as transcripts, test scores, experience forms, etc. will have to be scanned and uploaded with the application.
The license processing fee is $100 and must be paid by VISA or Mastercard and is non-refundable.
Apply for a NC Educator License
You must hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in an education or subject area directly related to the existing license area you are teaching AND the graduate degree must have been started (at least one course must have been completed) prior to August 1, 2013.
NCDPI Online Licensure System
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction moved to an online licensure system effective August 1, 2015. This new system is how all educators now access their certifications.
All educators must have an account with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Online Licensure System. Registration begins by clicking on NCDPI Registration in the bottom, left corner. Once the account is created and logged into, the educator can view their license data, as well as make applications for licensure changes directly to the Licensure Section. Please be sure to not create more than one account with NCDPI. Please utlize the "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" links to retreive your account information.
Most applications require a licensure processing fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid by either VISA or Mastercard.