FAQs

No. All candidates must successfully complete student teaching with a grade of A or B before they can be recommended for an initial teaching license or clear a lateral entry license through UNCC.

Yes. All candidates seeking to receive an initial license, upgrade an existing license, clear a lateral entry license, or add an area to an existing license must submit an application to the NCDPI portal.

Graduates of a teacher education program who do not currently hold a professional educator’s license should select the “I completed a NC teacher ed program” application type. Candidates who are seeking to upgrade an existing license to a new level or who are clearing a lateral entry license should select the “upgrade of clear license area” application type. Candidates who already hold a professional educator’s license and are applying to add a new licensure area should select the “add area by program completion” application type.

You will automatically be emailed a verification memo from teal@uncc.edu within a week of the recommendation being made to NCDPI. This memo is typically accepted by school districts as verification that you have met all licensure requirements and that your application is pending final NCDPI review.

NCDPI processing may take a few weeks to a few months, depending on the number of pending applications in queue. The standard processing time is 30-45 days after a recommendation is received from UNCC. You can monitor the progress of your application from the NCDPI portal.

The application will be processed by TEAL staff as quickly as possible. A recommendation can be made once all required test scores have been submitted/received, required Taskstream evidences have been completed, and official transcripts have been received from the Office of the Registrar (this typically happens 3-4 weeks after graduation).  You can expect a recommendation to be made within 45 days after graduation if all requirements have been met.

TEAL does not charge a fee to process licensure applications, but candidates must pay NCDPI’s application fee before their application can be submitted and routed to UNCC. Fees vary depending on the type of application and range from $35-$70. However, all candidates who complete a teacher education program in NC and successfully apply for an initial license will have their application fee refunded by NCDPI within 30 days of the license being issued. The refund will be processed to the credit/debit card used for payment.

Yes, but only if you completed the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership – Superintendency or Curriculum and Supervision concentration. Those two concentrations within the Ed.D. are the only doctoral programs at UNCC currently approved for doctoral-level licensure. The Superintendency concentration leads to a doctoral-level Superintendent license and the Curriculum and Supervision concentration leads a doctoral-level Curriculum Instructional Specialist license. For Curriculum and Supervision concentration graduates who do not currently hold a lower-level Curriculum Instructional Specialist license, the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5411) Praxis exam is required.”

TEAL will notify applicants of problems with their application (e.g. missing requirements) within two weeks of it being submitted. If you receive an email from NCDPI stating that there is a problem with your application, contact TEAL immediately for help with resolution.

Yes. Candidates who hold a clear teaching license can add another licensure area by taking ALL required exams for that area. If you pass the extra exams (and UNCC has your scores) prior to applying for your initial license, TEAL will request that the second licensure area be added for you through your initial application. If you pass the extra exams after TEAL has processed your initial application, you will have to submit a new application to add the area. Note: Only teaching areas can be added via testing. Administrative or student support licenses (e.g. counseling) can only be added via program completion.

It is best to consult the licensing agency in the state where you are moving.  Some states prefer that you are fully licensed in another state, some only require that applicants be eligible for licensure, and some only need a form verifying the completion of a licensure program.

Visit TEAL's main licensure page for a list of required items you will need to upload to the online licensure system.  Note: The online system requires something to be uploaded as a college transcript on the “Application Attachments” tab.  Candidates should upload the “UNCC Transcript Placeholder Document” available on TEAL site. When applications are routes to UNCC, TEAL staff will upload an official transcript and test scores (if required).

Candidates should not submit an application until they have met all licensure requirements (i.e. program completion and testing). Applications are automatically denied by NCDPI if they have been pending without IHE recommendation for more than 30-45 days. If this happens, candidates will need to submit another application and pay NCDPI’s application fee again.

All licensure applications are completed online at https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/.

You can send an e-mail to teal@uncc.edu or call TEAL directly at 704-687-8725.