Licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do I apply for licensure?
A. All licensure applications are completed online from
Be sure to select the proper application depending on your status. 

Q. For what type of license do I apply?
A. Apply for the initial license if you do not currently hold a North Carolina teaching license.  Apply to “clear or upgrade” if you are making changes to a current licensure area.  Apply to “add licensure area” if you are adding something new to your current license.

Q. Do I need to apply for a license? 
A. Yes, If you are completing a program that results in being qualified to obtain an initial teaching license, add-on to a current licensure, upgrade a current licensure area, or clear a lateral entry or provisional license.

Q. What if I am moving out of state after Graduation?
A. It may be best to get advice from the state where you are moving.  Some states may prefer that you are fully licensed, some only require applicants be eligible for licensure, and some may only need a verification of teacher education program completion.

Q. What is required to be recommended for licensure by UNC Charlotte?
A. Visit TEAL's main licensure page for a list of required items to upload to the online licensure system.  The online system requires something to be uploaded for the college transcript.  A “transcript placeholder document” has been created for you to upload, but the TEAL staff can request and upload the official UNC Charlotte transcript.

Q. Can I be recommended for my initial teaching license without student teaching?
A. No, initial licensure applicants in a teacher education program must complete student teaching to be recommended by UNC Charlotte.

Q. When should I apply for my license?
A. There is no required time frame to apply, but you may want to apply as you approach completion of your program.  Documents uploaded to the application will be removed if it is not submitted within 30 days of opening it.

Q. How long does it take to be recommended by UNC Charlotte?
A. The application will be processed by TEAL staff as quickly as possible, but official transcripts are not available until 2-3 weeks after final semester grades are due.  A recommendation can be made once all required test scores have been submitted/received, required Taskstream evidences completed, and official transcripts are received from the Office of the Registrar.  One can expect a recommendation to be made within 45 days after graduation if all requirements have been met.

Q. How do I know if I have been recommended for licensure?
A. You will automatically be e-mailed a verification memo from within a week of the recommendation to the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Q. How long does it take for NC DPI to issue my new license?
A. The applicant may monitor the progress of their application from their online account.  DPI processing may take a few weeks to a few months, depending on the number of pending applications they have to process.

Q. Where do I direct additional questions?
A. You can send an e-mail to or call the Teacher Education Advising and Licensure office directly at 704-687-8725.