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Licensure Process

After successfully completing the clinical 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 register using the NC DPI Online Licensure System.  The URL is: https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov

Once you have submitted your application, please e-mail Mrs. Jenny Washington at jwashington@uncfsu.edu.  

If you move out of state, our certification officer, Mrs. Jenny Washington, can certify that you have completed an approved  accredited teacher education program only if you have earned your degree or completed the licensure-only program at FSU. 

NOTES

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. Effective July 1, 2014, middle, secondary, and K-12 (with the exception of Special Education: General Curriculum) candidates recommended for an initial teaching license are NOT required by the SBE/DPI to pass the required Praxis II licensure exam(s) prior to being recommended by the IHE.  Candidates who do NOT pass the exam(s) prior to IHE recommendation are required:  Candidates who do NOT pass the exam(s) prior to IHE recommendation are required:  1) to take the exam(s) at least once during their first year of teaching.  2) to pass the exam(s) in order to convert the initial license to the continuing license. 

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Special Education: General Curriculum initial teaching licensure candidates MUST pass the Praxis II 0543/5543 Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications exam PRIOR to being recommended by the IHE. This exam is used to meet the federal requirement of highly qualified.  Special Education: General Curriculum licensure applicants must then meet the remaining licensure exam requirements (Pearson's Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams*) in compliance with NC General Statues.  Special Education: General Curriculum candidates who do NOT pass the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams prior to IHE recommendation are required:  Candidates who do NOT pass the exam(s) prior to IHE recommendation are required:  1) to take the exam(s) at least once during their first year of teaching.  2) to pass the exam(s) in order to convert the initial license to the continuing license.   

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Elementary Education: Effective April 7, 2016 - Elementary Education initial teaching licensure candidates can apply for a license until July 1, 2016 if they pass the Foundations of Reading Exam.  They do not have to take or pass the General Curriculum test to apply for a license before July 1, 2016. After July 1, 2016, they must attempt NCSBE required tests (Foundations of Reading and the General Curriculum Test) at least once in the first year and pass all required exams before or during the second year of teaching.

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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 initial license.

The initial 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 license. 

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