UPDATE OR RENEW YOUR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR'S LICENSE

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 3-year Professional Educator's Initial License is non-renewable). 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.

 

Online System

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.

 

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. Contact your former public school employer(s), if applicable, to receive a signed and dated copy of renewal credits earned while employed.
    • 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.

 

Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines

**The definition of teacher includes instructional support personnel

Credits required to Renew Continuing Licenses expiring on June 30, 2017 & June 30, 2018 Credits required to Renew Continuing licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019

Grades K-8

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 General - Not including years of experience

Grades K-8

  • 3 Academic Subject Area – Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 3 Literacy - As defined in GS 115C-296
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies

Grades 9-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 5 General

Grades 9-12

  • 3 Academic Subject Area - Aligned to NC Prof. Teaching Standard 3 and 4
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General
Teachers earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification or completing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process receive 8 renewal credits. Educators who complete the ten year national board renewal cycle may earn two credits.

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 5 General

Administrators

  • 3 Executive's Role - Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader
  • 2 Digital Learning Competencies
  • 3 General

*Subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates

Renewal Criteria:

  • 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.
  • 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 Continuing License, 8 units of renewal credit must be earned.

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.

 

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.

Form E - Verification of K-12 Educator Experience (pdf, 27kb or doc, 69kb) should be included if you have teaching experience that has not been filed with the Licensure Section.