Office of Professional Experiences


Our office is here to assist you with your application for a North Carolina teaching license. At the completion of your program, we provide instructions for applying for your initial license as well as adding or upgrading your current license.

Effective fall 2015, NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has moved to a fully online licensure application system. My office will provide you with detailed instructions for the online process including instructions for having your application routed to UNCW for approval. Once my office electronically receives a completed application, we will then verify completion of your program and licensure requirements and submit it to DPI. Once the application has been electronically submitted, you will be able to view the status of your application by logging in to your account. Once DPI has issued your new license, you will be able to open and print your license from the online account.

Licensure Exam Policy Change for all Teacher Education Candidates:

Effective July 1, 2016, all teachers who qualify for an initial license shall be considered "highly qualified" if they attempt NCSBE-required exams at least once in their first year of teaching and pass all required exams before or during their second year of teaching. WCE continues to recommend that teacher candidates pass all required licensure exams prior to the recommendation for initial licensure.

For specific Praxis II test code information:

For specific NCEL test information: (required for SED-GC and Elementary Education only)

Required state licensure exams for Elementary and Special Education general candidates*:

  • Foundations of Reading - SA 090
  • General Curriculum - Multi Subject SA103
  • General Curriculum - Math SA 203
    • note - the General Curriculum Multi Subject and Mathematics tests are offered together also. The test code is General Curriculum SA701 (includes both the Multi Subject and Math subtests).

*Please note: NC DPI policy states that candidates may be recommended for licensure prior to passing these exams.  Candidates must attempt the exams in their first year of teaching and pass the exams before or during their second year of teaching.  The Watson College of Education strongly recommends that our candidates pass all required exams prior to applying for initial licensure.

Watson College of Education Licensure Contact:

Ms. Logan McKnight
Internship and Licensure Coordinator