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
NCDPI Online Licensure System: Applying for a License
STEP 1. Review this important information before starting.
- The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensing process is separate from your program completion and degree conferral.
- All students are expected to initiate the online application after program completion
and when documentation is ready. Candidates should apply for a teaching license within
six months of program completion. After six months, there may be additional requirements
such as coursework and assessments. Students should review Requirements for Teacher Licensure before beginning the licensure application process.
- EdTPA requirements must be satisfactorily evaluated before you begin your online license
application. Questions about these requirements should be directed to your program
coordinator. The edTPA score report should be attached to your online application.
- All WCU teacher education and school professional candidates must provide documentation
of passing scores on all relevant licensure exams prior to recommendation by WCU for
a professional educator license. Licensure score reports should be attached to your
online application. Please note: WCU does not receive individual score reports for
- LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity (CTC) - The CTC is completed at the end of Student Teaching/Internship II by student, cooperating
teacher, university supervisor, academic supervisor (if applicable), and principal.
The original, signed document is uploaded to TK20 by the University Supervisor. Students
must be rated Proficient on all criteria of the CTC before WCU will make your license
recommendation to DPI.
- Information cannot be disclosed to prospective employers and DPI for the purpose of
employment and your teacher/school professional license, without completion of the Authorization for Release of Information form to the CEAP licensure specialist. Do not attach it to your online application.
- Occasionally, you will receive a job offer before you receive your license. In that
case your potential employer may ask for an eligibility or status statement. We will
gladly generate a letter for you after we have recommended you to DPI for a license.
Include in your request the name, title and school system/county of the person to
receive the letter along with their mailing, fax, or email address. Submit requests
to the CEAP licensure specialist.
- Professional Educator User Guide (Educator Access to Online System)
- Registration and Affiliation (with school system) Guide
- Exam details are subject to change. Be sure to confirm state exam requirements before
you register. Go to Pearson North Carolina Foundations of Reading | General Curriculum and Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis II for the most up-to-date NC SBE approved exam details. Keep in mind that exams are
offered during specific testing window dates so make plans to take them early enough
so you will have your scores when you need to apply for your license.
- Go to Licensure Exam Preparation for additional information, licensure exam preparation tips, strategies and resources
for both Praxis and Pearson exams.
- Chrome or Firefox are the preferred browsers for the NCDPI online application system.
- Your online application screen will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity. If you
are unable to complete your application in one sitting, click cancel to exit the application
and save your work.
- Use a personal, private email on your license application. This way you won’t need
to update your email address if you change employers.
- You must upload official transcripts, applicable test scores, edTPA score report,
and pay a non-refundable processing fee to your online application. Other attachments
may include Statement of Applicant documents (if applicable), work authorization (if
not US citizen), and experience verification (if applicable). You can attach as many
documents as apply.
- It is recommended that attachments be in PDF format. There is a 2 MG size limit for
attachments so some may need to be uploaded page by page. There is no limit on how
many attachments can be uploaded. PAW Print ( Print Anywhere @ Western) printers on
campus enable students to scan documents. No fee is required to scan with PAW Print.
- Work Authorization: If you are not a US citizen, you are required to upload a copy
of your work authorization documentation. You are also required to have a valid US
issued social security number.
- Your application can not be submitted until you make full payment of fees. Payment
can only be made by VISA or MasterCard.
- If you don’t select the submit button, the application you created will remain on
file for 30 days. You must complete the application within 30 days or it will expire
and you will need to upload your documents again.
- You can print a PDF of your application content by selecting View PDF Summary Report
when the Fee and Summary Report page is displayed.
- Once the completed application is submitted, you cannot change information unless
you submit a new request. This may include an additional fee.
- WCU transcripts will not be issued until university accounts are paid in full and
holds are removed. Contact the One Stop Student Service Center at 828-227-7170 for account information and to resolve any issues to remove holds.
- You can request official transcripts through myWCU ($3.25 charge for official electronic copy) or from the Registrar’s Office (official paper copy). Please order transcripts AFTER completion of current coursework
and/or degree conferral.
- Transcripts for each of your degrees and any coursework you have completed not listed
on your transcript (community college or post-degree credits) need to be attached
to your application.
- International Verification - if you have earned a degree from another country. Provide
an evaluation from an international education evaluation service with a copy of a
current work authorization visa, permanent resident card or US passport. Note: For
degrees earned abroad, the transcripts must be evaluated for US equivalency and translated
into English by an education evaluation agency. One of many acceptable evaluation
agencies for foreign transcripts is International Education Evaluations (IEE). DPI will not accept translations done by the applicant.
STEP 2. Review the relevant tutorial.
In-State Initial Standard Professional Educator License
For an educator applying for an initial NC teaching license (upon completion of degree
licensure-only or MAT Phase 1) or Special Service Personnel license (School Counselor,
School Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, or School Social Worker).
Updating Information and Creating a New Application
For educators applying for an administrative area (School Principal or Superintendent),
clearing alternative licensure, or adding educational levels to an existing license
by program completion. Also used to add an area by test, make a name change, update
contact information, request copy of files and test scores, update work authorization,
and obtain verification of NC license.
For licensure questions or technical difficulties, contact the Licensure Section at
919.807.3310 or 800.577.7994.