Licensure

Licensure should be requested within five (5) years of completion of any program leading to licensure.  After 5 years, there is no guarantee that we will be able to recommend for a license due to potential changes in licensure requirements and programs.

Praxis and Pearson Tests Required for NC Licensure

NEW APPLICATION PROCESS - EFFECTIVE FALL 2015

Educators completing requirements for a NC license must access the NCDPI’s new Online Licensure System. All applications will be electronic. Paper applications will not be accepted by NCDPI.

Educators will access the new online system at https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov. On the lower left hand corner, click on NCDPI Registration under the shaded green phrase, Educator Registration.

Educator Registration: Click Below to Create a New Online Account

NCDPI Registration

Create an account. You, as the educator, will need to enter and submit your unique account information. Always use your personal email, since your HeelMail email will eventually expire. After submitting this information, you will receive an email with a temporary password. You will return to the licensure site and sign in with your user ID and Password, which you created in the first step above. You will change your password. Your account is permanent. You will login each time using your user ID and Password.

When you have all appropriate items ready to upload, you may begin your application. The first screen you will see gives you two options.

By clicking YES, this indicates that you have been issued a North Carolina Educator ’s license (even if provisional or expired). You will provide identifying information and confirm the information.By clicking NO, this indicates that you have NEVER been issued any type of North Carolina Educator ’s license.
  • The licensed educator main menu will display.
  • You can select Show Details to view Your license details and print your License certificate.
  • Existing applications (including those opened by a school system) which require additional work will be displayed on the screen.
  • Existing fee payments that are required will be displayed under Additional Activities. Fees can be bundled so that they only pay the single highest fee when submitting multiple applications at once (EX. license fee and name change fee).
  • You will have a dropdown menu to open a new application and select one option.
        1. Clear or Upgrade Existing License Area (someone completing a higher level license in the same license area by obtaining a degree or clearing a provisional license)
        2. Add New Area by Program Completion (adding a NEW area to an existing initial license)
    Once selected, the application workflow opens to the Introduction page. Read this thoroughly. It lists all items that you need to upload. After 15 minutes of inactivity, you will be prompted to save your work. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note Item #4 — the processing fee is nonrefundable.
  • Select Next to move through the application screens or you may also use the tabs on the left hand side to navigate to any application screen.
  • You are required to enter all necessary Information on each screen.
  • The application will be submitted when The you click Next from the final “Summary” page
  • The Fee and Summary page is displayed.
  • Select View PDF Summary Report to save or print a PDF of the application content.
  • Select “Pay Now” to pay for application or select “Add to Cart” to pay later.
  • Select the In-State Initial Standard Educator. Once selected, the application workflow opens to the Introduction page. Read this thoroughly. It lists all items that you need to upload. After 15 minutes of inactivity, you will be prompted to save your work. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note Item #5—the processing fee is nonrefundable.
  • Select Next to move through the application screens or you may also use the tabs on the left hand side to navigate to any application screen.
  • You are required to enter all necessary Information on each screen.
  • The application will be submitted when you click Next from the final “Summary” page.
  • The Fee and Summary page is displayed.
  • Select View PDF Summary Report to save or print a PDF of the application content.
  • Select “Pay Now” to pay for application or select “Add to Cart” to pay later.

ALL EDUCATORS WILL UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

      1. Official transcripts with degree completion**
      2. Test scores (if applicable)
      3. Any other pertinent information needed for the NC License
      4. Nonrefundable $55 fee by credit card – All educators pay a nonrefundable fee, whether clearing or upgrading a license.

**You should secure an official transcript http://registrar.unc.edu/academic-services/transcripts-certifications/order-a-transcript/. Click on Order a Transcript. There is a fee for this service. Have the transcript sent to yourself so that you can upload it on the Licensure site. The School of Education nor the Office of Student Affairs will upload the transcript for you. The transcript you upload to NCDPI must be degree dated. Current students should select to hold the transcript until degrees have been posted.

4 Important Points to Remember
      1. The statement of applicant must be completed before the application can be submitted.
      2. The application will only be routed to UNC-Chapel Hill for recommendation once the nonrefundable processing fee is submitted.
      3. The application will not be processed by DPI until UNC-CH has completed the recommendation for you. If you upload an unofficial transcript, a non-degree dated transcript or do not include applicable test scores, UNC-CH cannot recommend you.
      4. To avoid an additional fee later, do not submit your application or pay your fee until all required items are uploaded. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note – the processing fee is nonrefundable.

Once all items are uploaded including the fee, and submitted to UNC-CH, you cannot make any changes. Incomplete transcripts/applications will delay your license process. Your application may be rejected and you will be notified through the Licensure System, not the university. Thoroughly check your application before submitting.

Licensure YouTube Instructional Video
Praxis II and School Leadership Licensure Assessment Information
Additional Licensure Information
Licensure Programs External to the School of Education

Licensure Contact

Please contact us at soe.licensure@unc.edu if you have any questions about the licensure process.