North Carolina Teacher Certification Renewal

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Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in North Carolina


Teaching Certification Renewal

After three years, you may upgrade your Standard Professional (SP1) Teaching License to an SP2. This license is valid for five years. To renew it, you must earn 7.5 renewal credits as follows:
  • 1 renewal credit for literacy
  • 1 renewal credit in your specific academic content area
  • 5.5 general renewal credits, as approved by your Local Education Agency (LEA)

Activities that count for renewal credit include:
  • Taking college/university courses (provide transcript)
  • Attendance at local workshops or in-services
  • Classes/workshops approved by your LEA

If you are employed in a North Carolina school district, the district will keep track of your renewal credits.

Complete the License Update form. Attach official transcripts and Verification of K-12 Educator Experience form. Mail all of these materials and a renewal fee of $55 to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Licensure Section, 6365 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6365.

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Reinstatement of Certification

Has your North Carolina teaching license expired, and do you wish to reinstate it? To be eligible for reinstatement, you must have completed 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit within the past five years prior to reinstatement. The renewal forms above can be used for reinstatement as well. If you haven’t satisfied renewal credit requirements, contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section by calling 919-807-3310 in state, or 800-577-7994 if you’re out of state.