North Carolina Public Schools require a Professional Educator Licenses for individuals seeking employment as teachers, administrators, and other special service personnel in North Carolina public schools.

You should request your license within 5 years of completing any program leading to licensure. After 5 years, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to recommend for a license due to potential changes in licensure requirements and programs.

Applying for a New License in North Carolina

Use the online system at Paper applications will not be accepted by NCDPI.

Instructions for submitting your online application »

Renewing Your License in North Carolina

You must renew your North Carolina Professional Educator’s Continuing License every 5 years. (You cannot renew your 3-year Professional Educator’s Initial License).

You are responsible for knowing and satisfying your license renewal requirements. Failure to renew your North Carolina Professional Educator’s Continuing License makes you ineligible for employment.

Update or Renew Your License » at

Out-of-State Licensure and Program Verification

We support our graduates who are seeking licensure in other states or need verification of their program completion.

To request assistance, complete the Licensure and Program Verification Form online.

To ensure timely completion of your uploaded document, ensure you complete the demographic section of the document. Jpegs or picture files will not be accepted.

Note: Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, please allow 10 business days for completion; unfortunately due to the pandemic we will not be able to provide a University Seal at this time if required on your form.

Additional Licenses

The School of Education serves as the licensing liaison between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

While the licensure is recommended through the School of Education, the programs are administered through the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, School of Information and Library Sciences and the Division of Speech and Hearing Science.

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Need Help?

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the licensure process.