Renewal and Reinstatement Requirements
North Carolina licenses must be renewed every five years. The renewal process ensures that professional school personnel continually update their professional knowledge and technical competency. Each license holder is responsible for knowing and satisfying license renewal requirements. Failure to renew a license makes one ineligible for employment.
Credit required to renew a license:
； 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit. Course work must be directly related to an individual’s professional responsibilities as a public school educator or to his or her area(s) of licensure. Teachers of grades kindergarten through twelve must complete three renewal credits in their academic subject areas, including strategies to teach those subjects, during each five-year renewal cycle effective July 1, 2009.
； A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system. Generally, a unit reflects ten contact hours. ; One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.
； Individuals teaching in kindergarten through eighth grade in a NC public school system or a NC school that has an approved license renewal plan must earn 3 units of renewal credit in reading methods during each five-year renewal cycle.
； Effective July 1, 2007, principals and assistant principals in a NC public school system or other NC school that has an approved license renewal plan must earn 5 units of renewal credit during each five-year cycle focused on the principal’s role in teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluations, teacher support programs, teacher leadership, teacher empowerment, and teacher retention.
； Teachers of grades kindergarten through twelve must complete three renewal credits in their academic subject areas, including strategies to teach those subjects, during each five-year renewal cycle. This subject area requirement applies to individuals renewing their licenses on or after July 1, 2009. Teachers completing the National Board Certification process or the National Board Certification renewal process during their renewal cycle are not required to complete the three renewal credits in their subject area.
； For a license to remain current, all credit must be earned by the expiration date of the existing license. To renew an expired license, 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.
； The DPI Licensure Section does not accept renewal credits of less than one unit.
Activities accepted for renewal credit:
； college or university courses [Transcripts are required as documentation; grade reports are not accepted.]
； local in-service courses or workshops [The administrative unit certifies credits.]
； classes and workshops approved by an LEA [Documentation of completion is provided by the agency sponsoring the activity.]
； teaching experience [One renewal credit is awarded for each year of full-time teaching completed during the 5-year renewal cycle. Part-time experience can be considered for renewal credit if it amounts to be equivalent of one year of full-time teaching.]
Keeping records of renewal credit:
； Individuals employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should contact the superintendent, headmaster, or designated staff development coordinator about all renewal questions and recording of credits earned.
； Individuals not currently employed in a public school unit (or a nonpublic school authorized to administer staff development programs) should maintain their own records of renewal credit until it is time to renew their licenses. Public Schools of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section 6365 Mail Service Center Form IS-R Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6365 August 2008
How to Apply for Renewal of a License
; Complete Form U: License Update
; Fill in current personal information (please print or type).
; Check the block labeled “renew a license.”
; Answer the questions under Statement of Applicant.
; Sign and date the License Update form.
If you are not employed in a North Carolina public school system, please ignore the block labeled “school unit” as well as the line labeled “signature of superintendent or designee.”
; Collect the supporting materials to accompany Form U.
; Transcripts (originals) or certificates of credit (Note: Grades reports are not accepted in
place of transcripts.)
; Verification of Experience (Form E) [if you have teaching experience that has not been
filed with the Licensure Section]
; Mail the completed License Update, supporting materials, and processing fee ($55.00) to:
Department of Public Instruction
6365 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6365
You may pay by personal check, money order, or certified check (made payable to the
Department of Public Instruction), Visa or MasterCard. If you wish to pay by credit card,
fill out the credit card payment form and mail or FAX it to (919) 807-3350.
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