The Licensure Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is responsible for examining credentials and issuing licenses that qualify individuals to seek employment as teachers, administrators, and other special service personnel in North Carolina public schools.
All professional employees in public schools must hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach or for the professional education assignment that they hold. The DPI licensure process may take 40-60 business days. DPI can be reached at 800.577.7994.
Select your specific license area below. If you have questions after reviewing the instructions, the College of Education and Allied Profession’s (CEAP) licensure specialist, Barbara Schade, will be happy to assist you.
|To apply for your initial or "A" level
teaching license after completion of
your BSED or BS degree for BK majors.
|To apply for your licensure-only
certification, MAT master's license, or
to clear a lateral entry or provisional license.
|To apply for your principal or
superintendent license (MSA &
EDD Educational Leadership P-12).
|To apply for your AIG or Post Master's
Public School Leadership certification.
|To apply for your School Counseling,
School Psychologist, Speech-Language
Pathologist, or School Social Work license.
|To upgrade your license by adding
educational levels to an existing license.