Licensure Appeals

NC DPI changed its testing policy surrounding licensure effective July 1, 2016. Under the new policy, candidates who complete teacher education programs now have two years to pass all required licensure exams as long as the exams are attempted during the first year of teaching.

UNC Charlotte, however, continues to require that candidates pass exams prior to being recommended for licensure. We do this for several reasons:

  • It is a component of UNC Charlotte's approved programs of study. The State Board of Education (SBE) must approve all teacher education programs, and this approval requires that programs have a measure of content knowledge. The licensure tests serve as one measure of candidate content knowledge at UNC Charlotte.  
  • Research tells us that students perform best on exams when the information is fresh. The more time that passes between coursework and the test, the more difficulty students may experience in passing it.
  • District superintendents have voiced to us that they would prefer to hire candidates who are fully licensed rather than candidates who have not yet passed the required exams.    

At the same time, we also recognize that the current hiring climate has made it challenging for some school districts to fill all teaching positions. UNC Charlotte, as a result, is now accepting appeals for licensure recommendation from districts that wish to employ as licensed teachers our graduates who have not yet passed licensure exams.

Important Details Regarding Appeals for Licensure Recommendation

  • Appeals for licensure recommendation must come from district representatives, not candidates themselves.
  • Appeals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and candidates for whom appeals are submitted should have at least attempted their licensure exams. Appeals will not be considered for candidates who do not have reported scores for all required licensure exams on file with UNC Charlotte. Because scores take approximately one month to return, candidates are encouraged to take all required exams no later than the month prior to graduation.
  • Appeals cannot be submitted for lateral entry candidates working to clear their license or for Special Education - Adapted Curriculum program graduates.
  • Please direct all questions regarding appeals for licensure recommendation to the UNC Charlotte Licensure Officer, Brad Smith. District representatives should submit appeals via email to