Barbara Schade, Licensure Specialist
91 Killian Bldg Lane, Ste 201
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.2000 tel
828.227.7388 fax

Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure


The Graduate School, the College of Education and Allied Professions, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are working together to ensure that all graduate students who anticipate graduating with their master's degree in May of 2014 will receive the master's level pay.

 It is the graduate student's responsibility to:

  • complete and submit the Application for Graduation on or before December 1, 2013. Submitting this application will generate a $60 graduation fee to your account, which will need to be paid, along with any other outstanding balances, in full prior to requesting official WCU transcripts.
  • complete and submit DPI's Application Form A and the Credit Card Authorization Form on or before February 1, 2014 by mail or faxto Barbara Schade, Licensure Specialist, 91 Killian Building Lane Suite 201, WCU, Cullowhee, NC 28723 or by fax to 828-227-7388.  DPI's processing fee is $55.00.

MAT Note: Those students in an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program must be teaching full-time in a classroom and on a payroll for the state of North Carolina by May 21 or they will not receive master's pay once employed as a teacher in North Carolina.

Previous Employees Note: According to current legislation, if you were previously a classroom teacher and earn your master's degree in May, 2014, but are NOT on a state teacher's payroll by May 21, you will NOT receive master's pay if you go into the classroom at a later date.


To apply for your initial or “A” level license upon completion of your Lateral Entry Licensure-Only Program, Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Track/Phase 1 of your MAT, or your entire MAT degree program, please complete and submit the following to the CEAP licensure specialist:

Forms and Payment

  • Form A - Application for a North Carolina License for use by first time licensure applicants.  Statement of Applicant section must include handwritten signature.
  • Form U - Licensure Update for use by individuals clearing a lateral entry or provisional license.  Fill in personal information (top three lines) and Statement of Applicant section, including handwritten signature.  WCU will complete middle section and CEAP Associate Dean will sign as Superintendent or Designee
  • Form V - Verification by Institution. Complete only top three lines.
  • LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity (CTC) - As of fall 2011, the CTC replaces "Form S" and is completed at the end of Student Teaching/Internship by student, cooperating teacher, university supervisor, principal, and academic supervisor, if applicable.  The original document is to be submitted to the Office of Field Experience. Your license application cannot be sent to the Department of Public Instruction without this document.
  • If you are a lateral entry teacher and are substituting paid teaching (one year of fulltime teaching in the area of licensure) for student teaching, the LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity (CTC) is replaced by your principal submitting our CEAP Verification of Teaching Experience form and your satisfactory summative evaluation instrument used by your school demonstrating a level of proficient or higher in each of the NC Professional Teaching Standards.  Note that if you are using paid teaching experience instead of participating in a semester long student teaching or internship placement, the teaching needs to be within the three (3) year period prior to when you apply for licensure.  Contact the CEAP licensure specialist if you are unsure if this option applies to you.
  • A DPI processing fee is also required in order to submit your application packet, see Payments and Mailing Instructions.


Supporting Material 
  • Test Scores – Attach copy of qualifying Praxis or Pearson test score(s).  Praxis testing and registration information can be found through Educational Testing Service (ETS) by selecting North Carolina under State Requirements.  Pearson testing and registration information can be found at NC Foundations of Reading | General Curriculum.  Contact the CEAP licensure specialist if you have questions.  
  • Form E - DPI Verification of Teaching Experience forms—both professional educator and teaching assistant—can be completed if you have prior K-12 experience, one for each former employer. If applicable, mail this form along with license application materials to the CEAP licensure specialist to avoid additional DPI licensing fees.




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