Please visit the NCDPI Online Licensure website  for your licensure needs such as: 

  • Duplicate Copy of your current Professional Educator's License or Test Scores

  • Name Change on your current Professional Educator's License 

    • Appropriate legal documents to verify the change will be required (copies of marriage certificate, social security card, driver's license)

  • Apply for a NC Professional Educator's License

  • Renew or Update your NC Professional Educator's License

* Note fees may apply.

Renewal Information

The North Carolina Continuing License is valid for a five-year period and must be renewed on June 30 of its year of expiration. Renewal of the continuing license requires at least 8.0 continuing education units (CEUs) or 80 hours, all of which must be earned during the current five-year renewal cycle.  Pre-K-12 subject areas, instructional support, and student service areas must follow the renewal requirements listed for the grade span and school level served at the time of renewal.


Please be sure to enter all professional development activities, workshops, and conferences in My Learning Plan.  


Below are the credits required to renew a continuing educator license.

Grades Pre-K - 5

  • 3 Academic Subject Area Credits – Aligned to NC Teaching Standard 3 and 4

  • 3 Literacy Credits

  • 2 General Credits

Grades 6 -12

  • 4 Academic Subject Area Credits – Aligned to NC Teaching Standard 3 and 4

  • 4 General Credits

Student Services Personnel

(Media, Social Workers, Counselors, School Psychologists)

  • 4 Professional Discipline Area Credits

  • 4 General Credits 


  • 4 Executive's Role Credits – Align with the expectations of the North Carolina School Executive Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive's role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader.

  • 4 General Credits


  • CEU_Renewal_Requirements_Revised_January_2024

For questions email Lavonda Woodring, Swain County Schools' Licensure Specialist, or 828-488-3129 ext. 5128.

You may also contact NCDPI Licensure via email at (include your full name and the last 4 numbers of your SSN) or call 1.919.807.3310 Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5  PM. 

For more information visit NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure Department Renew or Update Your Professional Educator's License or Forms and FAQs.