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 North Carolina 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. Effective Fall Semester 2018, candidates must have the following for the Bachelor’s degree:
- 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).
Please note that the licensing process is separate from your program completion and degree conferral.
- Beginning September 1, 2019, all candidates seeking initial licensure in North Carolina will be required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject-specific assessment.
- Complete all degree requirements and all Educator Preparation Program requirements.
- Upload all assessments into Task Stream and 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 passing scores on licensure exams prior to a 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 the candidate, cooperating teacher, principal (or designee) and the university supervisor. The Candidate must meet each of the descriptors identified in this document to be recommended for the initial license.
- All WSSU teacher education candidates must complete a licensure data form before being recommended for the initial license.
- 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.
- SCORE RECIPIENT: When registering for the Praxis Core, Praxis Subject Assessment or, Foundations of Reading/General Curriculum please designate Winston-Salem State University (exam code is 5909) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the score recipients, (test center code 7846).