PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSURE RENEWAL PROCESS
The window of time for annual renewal is April 15th through June 30th of the year that a license expires. Please submit renewal requests only during that timeframe. Renewal requests submitted prior to April 15th will be returned.
The North Carolina Professional Educator's Continuing License must be renewed every five years. The renewal process ensures that professional educators licensed as school personnel continually update their professional knowledge and technical competency. Each professional educator's license holder is responsible for knowing and satisfying their license renewal requirements. Failure to renew your North Carolina Professional Educator's Continuing License makes you ineligible for employment.
Professional educators are able to apply for and update their North Carolina licenses online. Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system.
Go to the NCDPI Online Licensure System.
Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines
|License Expiration||Renewal Requirement|
*License Expires June 30, 2016 or Later
Teachers of grades kindergarten through eight must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
Teachers of grades nine through twelve must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
|Teachers completing the National Board Certification process may earn all 8 credits for completion of the process and certification. Those who are in the ten year national board renewal cycle may earn two credits.|
School administrators must earn at least 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
*Subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates
- A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system. A unit reflects ten contact hours.
- The DPI Licensure Section does not accept renewal credits of less than one unit.
- One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.
- For a professional educator's license to remain current, all credit must be earned by the expiration date of the existing professional educator's license.
- To renew an expired professional educator's license, 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.
Activities accepted for renewal credit:
- College or university courses
- Official transcripts are required as documentation; grade reports are not accepted.
- Local in-service courses or workshops
- The administrative unit certifies credits.
- Classes and workshops approved by an LEA
- Documentation of completion is provided by the agency sponsoring the activity.
Keeping records of renewal credit:
- Individuals employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should contact the superintendent, headmaster, or designated staff development coordinator about all renewal questions and recording of credits earned.
- Individuals not currently employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should maintain their own records of renewal credit until it is time to renew their professional educator's licenses. At the time of renewal, April 15th through June 30th of the year that a license expires, such credits should be submitted to the Licensure Section for renewal through the NCDPI Online Licensure System.
How to Apply for Renewal of a Professional Educator's License
Access the NCDPI Online Licensure System to request renewal of your Professional Educator's License. Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system. You must upload into the system the following documentation to verify your eligibility for licensure renewal:
- Official Transcripts - Grade reports are not accepted in place of official transcripts.
- Certificates of renewal credits and/or additional supporting documentation that shows the number of contact hours earned for professional development activities.