Licensure Application Process

The License Application Process outlined below is intended for any Wake Forest University student who is eligible for a North Carolina License having successfully completed one of the North Carolina State Approved Licensure programs at Wake Forest University.

Beginning August 1, 2015 new and existing professional educators must apply for and update their North Carolina licenses online by using the NCDPI Online Licensure System.

General Licensure Notes:

  • Once you have completed your Wake Forest Licensure Program, satisfied all licensure requirements and applied for your North Carolina License, the license you will receive from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will be an Initial (non renewable) license in your Content Area.  An initial license is issued to anyone who has 0-3 years of experience.  Once you have 3 years of teaching experience and you have satisfied all State Board of Education requirements you will move to a Continuing license witch is renewable every five years.  Your license will be issued at the level of your degree:  A level = Bachelor’s, M level = Master’s, S = Specialist Level (School Counselor).
  • Timeline: You should plan to take and pass all necessary licensure tests prior to graduation.  It is also suggested that you complete and submit your NCDPI online licensure application around the time of graduation.  Remember to email me so that I know to go in, attach your official transcript (which will be available approximately a week after your graduation date) and certify your application. I will send you an email once your application has been certified. From that point it can take NCDPI up to 10 weeks to process. Once your license is ready NCDPI will send you an email along with instructions on how you can go into the system and print out your license.
  • In the interim of you receiving your license, if you need a “Letter of Verification” for a potential employer, please feel free to let me know and I am always happy to generate those for you.
  • If you have any questions: Tracy Stegman 336-758-5990,

To assist Wake Forest students a User Guide to NCDPI’s Online Licensure System has been created:

NCDPI’s Online Licensure System User Guide for Initial Licensure

NCDPI’s Online Licensure System User Guide if you already hold a NC License