Renew or Update Your Professional Educator's License

Professional Educator's License Renewal

The renewal process ensures that North Carolina Continuing Professional License (CPL) educators engage in on-going updates of their professional knowledge and technical competence. The CPL must be renewed every five years on or after April 15th of the year that a license expires. 

If your license expired in previous years, the renewal request can be submitted at any time. 

Picture of female educator with booksTracking and Recording Your Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • A valid current out-of-state license cannot be used to renew your North Carolina license.
  • Each educator is responsible for knowing and satisfying their license renewal requirements.
  • On or after April 15th of the year that a license expires, renew by submitting credits, official final transcripts, professional development certificates, etc. to the NCDPI Licensure Section for renewal as part of a complete application in the NCDPI Online Licensure System.
    • Experience verification forms should be included in the renewal request

Renewal and Reinstatement Requirements Total 8 CEUs or 80 Clock Hours of Professional Development

*As a condition of employment per NC State Board of Education Policy LICN-005 employing school systems reserve the right to assign literacy requirements for any educator.

*Renewal requirements are subject to change based on NC State Board of Education policy updates.

Credits Required for Licensure Renewal

Grades K-5

  • 3 Subject Area 
  • 3 Literacy
  • 2 Digital Learning 

Student Services Personnel

  • 3 Professional Discipline
  • 2 Digital Learning
  • 3 General

Grades 6-12

  • 3 Subject Area 
  • 2 Digital Learning 
  • 3 General


  • 3 Executive's Role
  • 2 Digital Learning 
  • 3 General

North Carolina Retired Teachers

A Lifetime License is issued to a teacher who holds a current license after 30 or more years of classroom teaching as a licensed teacher in North Carolina PreK-12 public schools.  Renewal of the Lifetime License is not required (per SL 2019 -71).

Renewal Criteria

  • A unit of renewal credit (CEU) is equal to 10 clock hours of professional development
  • 8 units of renewal credit are required to renew both a current and expired CPL
  • For a CPL to remain current, all renewal credit must be earned by the expiration date of the license

Activities Accepted for Renewal Credit:

  • College or university courses
    • Official transcripts are required as documentation; grade reports are not accepted.
  • Local in-service courses or workshops
    • The administrative unit certifies credits.
  • Classes and workshops approved by an LEA
    • Documentation of completion is provided by the agency sponsoring the activity.