Renew a Teaching License in NC
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How do I keep and renew a teaching license in North Carolina?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching license in NC.
Activities Accepted for Renewal Credit:
- Semester graduate courses from a regionally accredited university (get an official transcript).
- Courses or workshops (get a Certificate of Completion).
What state requirements does a teacher in NC need to meet for renewal?
According to the NC Department of Public Instruction, NC teachers are required to complete 8 CEUs or 80 hours of clock hours of professional development to renew a current or expired teaching license in NC. A unit of renewal credit (CEU) is equal to 10 clock hours of professional development.
As per NC State Board of Education Policy LICN-005, the following requirements apply to teachers with licenses expiring on or after June 30, 2019:
- 3 renewal credits in their academic subject area (aligned to Standard 3 or Standard 4)
- 3 renewal credits addressing literacy defined by G.S. 115C-270.30(b)(2) as “evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for students not demonstrating reading proficiency. Oral language, phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension shall be addressed in literacy-related activities leading to license renewal.” Teachers of grades kindergarten through five must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
- 2 renewal credits addressing the Digital Learning Competencies.
- Teachers of grades six through twelve must complete 8 renewal credits during each five-year renewal cycle that meet the following requirements:
- 3 renewal credits in their academic subject areas (aligned to Standard 3 or Standard 4)
- 2 renewal credits addressing the Digital Learning Competencies
- 3 general credits (not to include years of experience) at the discretion of the employing LEA. LEAs reserve the right to assign literacy requirements for any educator.
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How do I contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction?
Contact the NC Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of July 1st, 2020 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.