To apply for a North Carolina teaching license or to upgrade your current license, please follow the instructions provided below. Once our office receives a complete application, we will then verify completion of your program and licensure requirements. After all requirements have been met we will submit your application to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). DPI will then review your application and issue the teaching license. The license will be mailed directly to you.

Licensure Application Instructions

Licensure Forms

Degree and Licensure Process

Praxis II Information

Important Licensure Information

  • Changes effective July 1, 2014
  • Praxis II will be required for all applicants for an initial teaching license as mandated by the recent legislative action. The State Board of Education approved the recommendation that the policy will go into effect for candidates completing licensure/program requirements on/after July 1, 2014.
  • Candidates applying for initial licensure and wishing to add an additional licensure area will no longer be able to add the area via 24 hours of content. They will need to take the Praxis II.
  • Individuals that already have a NC teaching license will be able to add-on additional areas with 24 hours of content.
  • On December 6, 2012, the State Board of Education approved the proposal to change the testing requirements for teachers applying for an Elementary or Special Education - General Curriculum license in NC on or after July 1, 2014


  • Beginning in 2014-2015, educators will no longer be eligible for the 10% enhanced pay associated with Masters, 6-year, or Doctorate Degrees. However, educators who are receiving this pay prior to 2014-2015 will be grandfathered and their pay will be unchanged.
  • As of May 4, 2006, the State Board of Education approved the proposal to allow an individual who holds a clear teaching license in one area to add another teaching area by passing the required Praxis II test for that area. (

Licensure Contact
Dianne Evans
Office of the Associate Dean
Academic and Student Affairs