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 North Carolina Licensure


North Carolina licenses must be renewed every five years.  This process ensures that school personnel continually update their professional knowledge.  Each licensee is responsible for knowing and satisfying license renewal requirements.  Failure to renew a license makes one ineligible for employment.

Either 10 semester hours or 15 renewal credits are required to renew a license.  Coursework must be directly related to the licensee's area of licensure or professional responsibilities as a public school professional.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction,

  • A unit of renewal credit is equivalent to one quarter hour or one in-service credit from a North Carolina public school system.  Generally, a unit reflects ten contact hours.
  • One semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 units of credit.
  • For a license to remain current, all credit must be earned by the expiration date of the existing license.
  • To renew an expired license, 10 semester hours or 15 units of renewal credit must be earned within the most recent five-year period.

College or university courses, local in-service courses or workshops, classes and workshops approved by Catawba County Schools, and teaching experience (1 renewal credit for each year of full-time teaching during the five-year renewal cycle) all qualify as suitable activities for renewal credit.

Renewal credits for Catawba County Schools' employees can be checked online through the HRMS system.  Click here to check your credits.  If you do not currently work in a public school system, you must maintain your own records of renewal credit until it is time to renew your license.

To learn more about North Carolina Licensure, visit:

To find a test site, register and prepare for the Praxis, visit Educational Testing Service,

To visit our staff development management system, visit Schoollink.



CEU Literacy Component

Literacy applies to all educators including Student Service Personnel and is not meant to limit or restrict the renewal credit process. Students who are College and Career Ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language (located in the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS), page 7) defines and offers a portrait of a literate graduate. It is critical to note that although the description is taken from the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, they are applicable and taught to every student at every grade level, and all teachers share in the development of literate graduates.  Skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language undergird and are prerequisites for all forms of 21st century literacy, including:

·         Informational Literacy

·         Media Literacy

·         Information, Media, and Technology Literacy

·         Visual Literacy

·         Civic Literacy

·         Financial, Economic, and Entrepreneurial Literacy

·         Health Literacy, and

·         Environmental Literacy

Information taken from: 
North Carolina Public Schools Licensure Website



 Important Documents and Forms

Praxis_Reimbursement_Form.docPraxis_Reimbursement_FormNo presence informationAdministrator
Praxis_Reimbursement_Form_for_HQ.docPraxis_Reimbursement_Form_for_HQNo presence informationAdministrator
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 Check your renewal credits
 North Carolina Licensure
 Educational Testing Service
 North Carolina and No Child Left Behind
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