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How to Become a Teacher in North Carolina: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of North Carolina. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

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Traditional Approach for the North Carolina Teacher Certification

  1. Earn a degree from an accredited college or university. Request and obtain transcripts.
  2. Teacher preparations. This may include teacher prep courses and/or student teaching.
  3. Pass the Praxis I and II Exams.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed application form
      • Have your teacher verify the completion
    • Current certifications (if you already have one)
    • $85 Application fee payable to “Department of Public Instruction”
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Copies of test scores
    • Mail to:
      Department of Public Instruction
      Licensure Section
      6365 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6365
      (919) 807-3310
  5. Do you want to renew your teaching credentials in North Carolina?

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Professional Educator's Licensure Forms, Public Schools of North Carolina, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/forms/
  3. Update or Renew Your Professional Educator's License, Public Schools of North Carolina, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/update/

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