Teacher Licenses

    NC Teachers must hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach. Local policy states establishing and maintaining licensure with NCDPI is the responsibility of the individual employee.  Failure to establish or maintain current licensure is grounds for dismissal.  For more information regarding license requirements for the state of North Carolina, please visit the NC DPI Licensure Website                                                    
    Apply or manage a North Carolina Teaching license online at the

    NC Licensure Website
    Need help?  Visit this link for tutorials!


    Please review NCDPI New Testing Policies  which affects teachers obtaining a new NC license in Elementary Education AND Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12)

     License Renewal Information

    Continuing licenses must be renewed every five years. Each license holder is responsible for knowing and satisfying license renewal requirements. Failure to renew your North Carolina license makes one ineligible for employment unless a validation of your expired license is requested by an employing school system.

    Current renewal requirements, directions on how to check CEU balances are contained in this RENEWAL DOCUMENT to review renewal requirements, as well as how to check your current CEU balance.
    Please note: Individuals who will renew an educator’s license should maintain their own documentation of renewal credit activities.  No renewal credit records are maintained by NCDPI Licensure Section.


Last Modified on January 11, 2019