Barbara Schade, Licensure Specialist
1 University Way, Suite 201
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.2000 tel
828.227.7388 fax

91 Killian Bldg Lane, Ste 201
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Teacher and School Professional Licensure

All professional employees in public schools must hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach or for the professional education assignment that they hold.

NOTE:  Starting January 2016, use the NCDPI Online Licensure System to apply for a license.   December 2015 program completers who started a paper application should complete the paper process.  Contact the CEAP Licensure Specialist Barbara Schade if you have questions.






STEP 1.  Review this important information before starting.




STEP 2.  Review the relevant tutorial.

In-State Initial Standard Professional Educator License

For educators applying for their initial NC teaching license (upon completion of degree or licensure-only and MAT Phase 1) or Special Service Personnel license (School Counselor, School Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, or School Social Worker).  



Updating Information and Creating a New Application

For educators applying for an administrative area (School Principal or Superintendent), clearing alternative licensure, or adding educational levels to an existing license by program completion.  Also used to add an area by test, make a name change, update contact information, request copy of files and test scores, update work authorization, and obtain verification of NC license.




Step 3.  Go to NCDPI Online Licensure System to apply.

For licensure questions or technical difficulties, contact the Licensure Section at 919.807.3310.


Important Information


  • The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensing process is separate from your program completion and degree conferral.
  • All Electronic Evidences and edTPA requirements must be satisfactorily evaluated before you begin your online license application.  Questions about these requirements should be directed to your program coordinator.
  • All WCU teacher education and school professional candidates must provide documentation of passing scores on all relevant licensure exams prior to recommendation by WCU for a professional educator license.  Mail, email, or fax original or legible unaltered copies of your passing score(s) to the CEAP Licensure Specialist even if you listed WCU as a recipient of your score(s).
  • LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity (CTC) - The CTC is completed at the end of Student Teaching/Internship II by student, cooperating teacher, university supervisor, academic supervisor (if applicable), and principal.  The original, signed document is submitted to the Office of Field Experience (OFE).  Verification of CTC completion must made before WCU will make your license recommendation to DPI.
  • If you wish information to be disclosed to prospective employers and DPI for the purpose of employment and your teacher/school professional license, please complete and return the Authorization for Release of Information form (PDF) to the CEAP licensure specialist.  Do not attach it to your online application.
  • Occasionally, you will receive a job offer before you receive your license.  In that case your potential employer may ask for an eligibility or status statement. We will gladly generate a letter for you after we have recommended you to DPI for a license.  Include in your request the name, title and school system/county of the person to receive the letter along with their mailing, fax, or email address.  Contact: Barbara Schade, 828.227.2000;
  • Professional Educator User Guide (Educator Access to Online System)
  • Registration and Affiliation (with school system) Guide

Licensure Exams:

  • Exam details are subject to change.  Be sure to confirm state exam requirements before you register.  Go to Pearson North Carolina Foundations of Reading | General Curriculum and Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis II for the most up-to-date NC SBE approved exam details.  Keep in mind that exams are offered during specific testing window dates so make plans to take them early enough so you will have your scores when you need to apply for your license.
  • Go to Praxis II and Pearson Exams for additional information.
  • Click here for licensure exam preparation tips, strategies and resources for both Praxis and Pearson exams.

Online Applications: 
  • Your online application 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.
  • Use a personal, private email on your license application.  Your WCU email will remain active and can be used if you prefer.  This way you won’t need to update your email address if you change employers.
  • You must upload transcripts, applicable test scores, and pay a non-refundable processing fee to your online application.  Other attachments may include Statement of Applicant documents (if applicable), work authorization (if not US citizen), and experience verification (if applicable).  You can attach as many documents as apply.
  • Attachments can be in PDF, word document, or jpeg format.  There is a size limit for attachments so some may need to be uploaded page by page.  Each PAW Print (Print Anywhere @ Western) printers on campus enable students to scan documents.  No fee is required to scan with PAW Print.
  • Your application can not be submitted until you make full payment of fees.  Payment can only be made by VISA or MasterCard.
  • If you don’t select the submit button, the application you created will remain on file for 30 days.  You must complete the application within 30 days or it will expire and you will need to upload your documents again.
  • You can print a PDF of your application content by selecting View PDF Summary Report when the Fee and Summary Report page is displayed.
  • Once the completed application is submitted, you cannot change information unless you submit a new request.  This may include an additional fee.


  • WCU transcripts will not be issued until university accounts are paid in full and holds are removed. Contact the One Stop Student Service Center at 828-227-7170 for account information and to resolve any issues to remove holds.
  • You can request official transcripts through MyCat or from the Registrar’s Office.  Transcript requests can be held until completion of current coursework and/or degree conferral.
  • Transcripts for each of your degrees and any coursework you have completed not listed on your transcript (community college or post-degree credits) need to be attached to your application.
  • International Verification - if you have earned a degree from another country.  Provide an evaluation from an international education evaluation service with a copy of a current work authorization visa, permanent resident card or US passport.  Note: For degrees earned abroad, the transcripts must be evaluated for US equivalency and translated into English by an education evaluation agency. One of many acceptable evaluation agencies for foreign transcripts is International Education Evaluations (IEE).  DPI will not accept translations done by the applicant.







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