North Carolina Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate certification or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams, as well as all state-required exams.
Teacher candidates from WGU may apply directly for North Carolina teacher certification. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for North Carolina licensure. North Carolina has also outlined these steps here, on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) now accepts online licensure applications through the NCDPI Online Licensure System. However, since North Carolina considers WGU an out-of-state school in North Carolina, we are unable to submit documentation on your behalf. Since a WGU Official only can complete and submit Form V (Step 2), you will need to mail the sealed copy we send you directly to the NC DPI as described in Step 7.
While the steps outlined in this article are written for students planning to mail in their application packets, you are welcome to complete all available steps online, with the exception of Step 2.
Step 1: Fill out the Form A, Application for a License, according to the instructions (a pdf attachment of this document can be found at the bottom of this article). Alternatively, as indicated above, you can submit this information online by starting an application on the NCDPI Online Licensure System.
Step 2: Once you have received notice of your graduation, fill out the applicant portion (top portion) only of Form V, Verification by Institution (a pdf attachment of this document can be found at the bottom of this article). After completing the top portion of Form V, send it to WGU Teachers College Licensure (see contact information below). An email submission with pdf attachment is preferred.
Fax: (801) 401-7961
A Certification Officer will fill out the remainder of the form and return it to you via email for you to upload as part of your NC Teacher Certification application in the NCDPI online licensing system.
Please note that if you have not already reported your Praxis pedagogy exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer as well, so that we can complete your recommendation. While you can graduate from WGU without passing the pedagogy exam, we cannot recommend you for licensure until you have completed it.
Step 3: This step is only for students applying for School Administrator certification. Applicants for school administrator certification must fill out the top portion of Form E, Verification of K-12 Educator Experience, and submit the form to the proper administrator at the school district that employs you. If applicable, submit additional forms to previous employers as well. The Certification Office must verify at least two years of full-time teaching experience.
Step 4: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. The WGU Records Department will mail two copies of your final WGU transcript to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, including official electronic transcripts, see Transcript Request in the WGU Student Handbook.
In order to ensure that your graduation date will appear on your transcript, do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Also, if you choose to submit paper instead of electronic transcripts, be sure to leave them in the sealed envelopes when you include them in your application packet.
Step 5: Make legible copies of your Praxis and/or North Carolina Foundations of Reading score reports to include in the packet.
Step 6: Prepare check, money order or credit card form made payable to the NC Department of Public Instruction to be included with your application packet. You can see all licensing fees associated with NC Licenses here.
Step 7: When you have completed all steps and double checked the North Carolina instructions, and should you elect to mail in your application, assemble all of the materials in the order described in the application instructions and submit everything in ONE packet to the NC Department of Public Instruction at the address listed below. If you need only to submit your completed Form V, you may do so at the same address.
NC Department of Public Instruction
6301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6301
Article Number : 19975, 1241