All public school teachers must hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach, or for the
professional assignment they hold. Before persons can apply for an initial license in North Carolina they must have received a degree in the relevant subject from a NC accredited teacher education institution or completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.
Upon satisfactory completion of the major requirements and the state required assessments, candidates will be eligible for initial teaching licensure in North Carolina. In addition to completion of the Bachelor’s degree, candidates must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA, a 2.7 GPA in the applicable content area(s), and have taken appropriate exams: Foundations of Reading/General Curriculum or Praxis Subject Assessments (formally known as Praxis II). While Foundations of Reading/General Curriculum or Praxis Subject Assessments are not required for licensure (provided candidates have completed 24 hours of subject content work), passing is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. All teachers who qualify for an initial license shall be considered “highly qualified” if they attempt North Carolina State Board of Education required exams at least once in their first year of teaching and pass all required exams before or during their second year of teaching. Please note that the licensing process is separate from your program completion and degree conferral.
- All Electronic Evidences must be satisfactorily evaluated before you begin your online license application. Questions about these requirements should be directed to your program coordinator.
- All WSSU teacher education candidates must provide documentation of scores on licensure exams prior to recommendation by WSSU for an initial license.
- LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity (CTC) - The CTC is completed at the end of Student Teaching Seminar/Observation of Student Teaching by candidate, cooperating teacher, principal (or designee) and the university supervisor. The signed original document is then submitted to The Office of Field and Clinical Experiences. Verification of CTC completion must made before the WSSU Licensure Officer will make a license recommendation.
- If needed, the Licensure Officer can provide prospective employers with a letter of verification while waiting for the official license. Submit your request via email to the Licensure Officer. There is a 48 hour turnaround time for these letters.