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.

North Carolina Standard Professional 2 professional educator's licenses 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 Standard Professional 2 professional educator's license makes one ineligible for employment.

 

NEW ONLINE SYSTEM

Beginning August 1, 2015 new and existing professional educators will be 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 new NCDPI Online Licensure System

 

Renewal and Reinstatement Guidelines

During the 2011 session, the General Assembly reduced the number of renewal credits required to renew a Standard Professional 2 license from 15 to 7.5. Additional legislated changes are also noted. As a result, the State Board of Education approved the following requirements to renew the Standard Professional 2.

 

License Expiration Renewal Requirement

License Expires June 30, 2015

All Educators - 7.5 CEUs

Professional Educators:

  • 1 renewal credit for literacy
  • 1 renewal credit in the specific academic subject area and
  • 5.5 general credits (as determined by the LEA, if employed), not to include years of experience

Administrators:

  • 3 credits focused on the school executive’s role as instructional, human resources and managerial leader
  • 4.5 general credits (as determined by the LEA, if employed), not to include years of experience

National Board Certification:

  • 7.5 credits for completion
  • 2 credits (1 for literacy and 1 for content) for 10 year renewal

*License Expires June 30, 2016 or Later

*K-8 Licensure Area – 8 CEUs

  • 3 Content
  • 3 Literacy
  • 2 General

*All Other Educators – 8 CEUs

  • 3 Content
  • 5 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.
  • 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
    • 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. Prior to the time of renewal (late April to early May of the year of expiration) such credits should be submitted to the Licensure Section for renewal.

 

How to Apply for Renewal of a Professional Educator's License

Access the new 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:

  • Transcripts - Grade reports are not accepted in place of transcripts.
  • Certificates of renewal credit and/or additional supporting documentation that shows the number of contact hours 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.