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 Initial 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 a Standard Professional 1 license in your Content Area.  A Standard Professional 1 license is an initial license for anyone with 0-3 years of experience.  It is a nonrenewable license that will be valid for 3 years.  Once you have 3 years of experience you will apply for your Standard Professional 2 license witch is a five year renewable license.  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:

User Guide for Students seeking an Initial North Carolina License

User Guide for Students who already hold a North Carolina License