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Professional Licensure by State - North Carolina

The Initial Professional License may be issued to:

  • PreK - 12 teachers with fewer than 3 years of experience

Step 1. Completion of an approved education preparation program

  • Alternative route programs that lead to licensure must be verified by letter from the state's

department of education or licensing board where the approved route was completed

Step 2. Obtain the following official documents to be uploaded into your online application:

  • Degree-dated transcripts - bachelor's, master's, and all other post-secondary studies
  • Licensure content area examination(s) - if applicable
  • Verification by Institution: Completion of Approved Education Program (Form V)
  • Forms
  • Form V
  • Experience request forms for previous work

- PreK-12 teaching/teacher's assistant (Form E)
- Post-secondary (Form CE),
- Non-teaching (Form NE),
- Military Instructor or Leadership (Form ME)
- Have each different employer complete and sign a separate form
- Review requirements for experience credit on each form prior to submitting the application

Step 3.  Register for or log into your account at the NCDPI Online License System and apply for a license.

  • Upload all requested documentation into the online application for licensure.

Step 4. Pay the required non-refundable/non-transferrable licensure fee with a valid credit card.

Approval Status

Pima Community College’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program meets the academic requirements for initial certification.

State Website

North Carolina Licensure Website

Contact Information

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
Tel: 984-236-2100


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