After successfully completing the student teaching/teacher internship experience and all required coursework for a degree or licensure only program, including earning at least a "proficient" (rating of 3) on all indicators on the Unit Plan, Content Project, Case Study and Collaboration & Leadership Project Rubrics, candidates may apply for a North Carolina teaching license. To apply for a teaching license, candidates must submit the following documents to the Office of Teacher Education:
- An Application for Licensure of North Carolina Professional School Personnel (Form A –typed)
- An Official degree-dated transcript. (Requested by the candidate after commencement.) The Office of Teacher Education will request transcripts for licensure only candidates. (Cumulative GPA must be 2.5+). Licensure only students must submit an undergraduate transcript.
- A Student Teaching Performance in the Public Schools Form (Form S)(signed by classroom teacher and principal) and the LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity Form (signed by the student teacher, cooperating teacher, principal and university supervisor indicating you have earned at least a "proficient" (rating of 3) on each of the 5 North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards). The University Supervisor will be responsible for submitting these forms to the Office of Teacher Education.
- A Copy of PRAXIS II, specialty areas test scores:
- Effective July 1, 2014, all teacher education candidates majoring in elementary education and special education will complete the Foundations of Reading for North Carolina and the General Curriculum for North Carolina licensure tests instead of Praxis II in order to secure licensure?
- Effective August 1, 2014, all teacher education candidates in secondary education, special subjects, and middle grades program MUST PASS Praxis II examination/s to secure licensure?
- The Processing fee of $55.00 (check, credit card, or money order) payable to the Department of Public Instruction.
**Required of all Elementary Education and Special Education majors for initial Standard Professional (SP1) license.
The Director of Teacher Education will complete Verification of Program Completion (Form V) and submit to the Licensure Section of the Department of Public Instruction. The license will be mailed to the applicant from the Department of Public Instruction.
NOTE: Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Subjects (music, art and physical education,) majors must have at least twenty-four (24) hours in their content areas to be eligible for the SP1 license.
The SP1 license is good for three (3) years, after which additional requirements, one of which maybe the PRAXIS II, must be met in order to be eligible for a continuing Standard Professional 2 (SP2) license.