The state of North Carolina requires teacher candidates to obtain a Standard Professional License (SP1). To be issued a SP1 Professional Educator's License, an individual must have:

  • Completed a state approved Educator Preparation Program from a regionally accredited college or university or; 
  • Completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure, met the federal requirements to be designated as "Highly Qualified," and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.

How Do I Apply?

NCDPI Online Licensure Application Requirements and Attachments


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.  


Two phone numbers are available for inquiries Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time: 800.577.7994 within North Carolina and 919.807.3310 outside of North Carolina. 


Please note when emailing us to include your full name in the email, as well as the last 4 numbers of your SSN and your license or application number. Failure to provide this information may create delays in our ability to respond.

In-State Initial Standard Professional Educator

Professional Educator's Initial Licenses

Licenses are non-renewable and intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience, and are valid for three years. 

Note: If a paper license application has already been submitted to NCDPI you should not create a new online application. This will create a duplicate record which may cause a delay in processing.

If you have already graduated in 2014/2015 from a North Carolina college or university, your dean or licensure officer will have submitted an application on your behalf. Please do not submit a new application please check with your dean or licensure officer to check the status of your existing application.

Use the online application to apply for a North Carolina Professional Educator license if you completed an approved Educator Preparation Program at a regionally accredited North Carolina college or university.

Additional Information

Please provide the following information:

Official Transcripts:

  • Contact the Registrar’s Office of each college or university where you have earned a degree or completed coursework. Request official student transcript to be sent to you. Then open any sealed envelopes, scan a copy and upload it with your online application.

Test Scores:

  • North Carolina State Board of Education approved test scores should be uploaded
  • If you are applying for the Elementary Education licensure area or any Exceptional Children licensure area, NC DPI requires that test scores be passed prior to the license being issued.

Work Authorization:

  • If you are not a US citizen, you are required to upload a copy of your work authorization documentation.
  • You are also required to have a valid US issued social security number.

Experience Verification (optional);

Professional Educator's Continuing Licenses

Licenses are intended for teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience, and are valid for five years. Teachers who are fully licensed in another state who have three or more years of teaching experience AND who meet NC state board of Education approved licensure exam requirements OR have National Board Certification are issued the Professional Educator's Continuing License.

  • Verification of K-12 educator experience (Form E) needs to be downloaded, completed and signed by each former employer if you have prior K-12 teaching experience or instructional teaching assistant experience.
  • You should enter your verified experience dates into the online application.
  • Additionally, the competed Form E should be uploaded with your application.

Effective January 1, 2017

Licensure Fees (Click here)


  • Your application will only be reviewed by a licensure specialist once you have submitted the above, completed online “Statement of Applicant” questions, and submitted full payment of fees.
  • Your account screen will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity. If you are unable to complete your application in one sitting click cancel to exit the application and save your work.

Additional Requirements (NC A&T internal requirements)

In addition to completing the NCDPI online licensure application and attachments, you are required to complete all electronic evidences. Licensure applications will not be processed until all electronic evidences including Certificate of Teaching Capacity form, have been submitted and evaluated via Taskstream. Candidates with incomplete applications will be notified by email. 

NCDPI Online Licensure System 

If you prefer a handout, this provides step-by-step instructions to the NCDPI Online Licensure System Application process 

NCDPI Updating and Creating a New Application

For additional information, contact Ms. Sharifa Romney at (336) 334-7757