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ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program.

New Application Process

New Application Process

Effective Fall 2015

Educators completing requirements for a NC license must access the NCDPI's new Online Licensure System. All applications will be electronic. Paper applications will not be accepted by NCDPI. Departments have been informed of this very recent change.

Educators will access the new online system at https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov. On the lower left hand corner, click on NCDPI Registration under the shaded green phrase, Educator Registration.

Educator Registration: Click Below to Create a New Online Account
NCDPI Registration

Create an account. You, as the educator, will need to enter and submit your unique account information. Always use your personal email, since your ECU email will eventually expire. After submitting this information, you will receive an email with a temporary password. You will return to the licensure site and sign in with your user ID and Password, which you created in the first step above. You will change your password. Your account is permanent. You will login each time using your user ID and Password.

4 Important Points to Remember

  • The statement of applicant must be completed before the application can be submitted.
  • The application will only be routed to ECU for recommendation once the nonrefundable processing fee is submitted.
  • The application will not be processed by DPI until ECU has completed the recommendation for the licensure area(s). If you upload an unofficial transcript or do not include applicable test scores, ECU cannot recommend you.
  • To avoid an additional fee later, do not submit your application or pay your fee until all required items are uploaded. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note--the processing fee is nonrefundable.

By clicking YES, this indicates that you have been issued a North Carolina Educator's license (even if provisional or expired). You will provide identifying information and confirm the information.

  • The licensed educator main menu will display.
  • You can select Show Details to view your license details and print your license certificate.
  • Existing applications (including those opened by a school system) which require additional work will be displayed on the screen.
  • Existing fee payments that are required will be displayed under Additional Activities. Fees can be bundled so that they only pay the single highest fee when submitting multiple applications at once (EX. license fee and name change fee).
  • You will have a dropdown menu to open a new application and select one option.
    • Clear or Upgrade Existing License Area (someone completing a higher level license in the same license area by obtaining a degree or clearing a provisional license)
    • Add New Area by Program Completion (adding a NEW area to an existing initial license)
Once selected, the application workflow opens to the Introduction page. Read this thoroughly . It lists all items that you need to upload. After 15 minutes of inactivity, you will be prompted to save your work. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note Item #4-the processing fee is nonrefundable.
  • Select Next to move through the application screens or you may also use the tabs on the left hand side to navigate to any application screen.
  • You are required to enter all necessary information on each screen.
  • The application will be submitted when the you click Next from the final "Summary" page
  • The Fee and Summary page is displayed.
  • Select View PDF Summary Report to save or print a PDF of the application content.
  • Select "Pay Now" to pay for application or select "Add to Cart" to pay later.

By clicking NO, this indicates that you have NEVER been issued any type of North Carolina Educator's license.

  • Select the In-State Initial Standard Educator.

Once selected, the application workflow opens to the Introduction page. Read this thoroughly . It lists all items that you need to upload. After 15 minutes of inactivity, you will be prompted to save your work. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note Item #5-the processing fee is nonrefundable.

  • Select Next to move through the application screens or you may also use the tabs on the left hand side to navigate to any application screen.
  • You are required to enter all necessary information on each screen.
  • The application will be submitted when the you click Next from the final "Summary" page
  • The Fee and Summary page is displayed.
  • Select View PDF Summary Report to save or print a PDF of the application content.
  • Select "Pay Now" to pay for application or select "Add to Cart" to pay later.

ALL EDUCATORS WILL UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • official transcripts **
  • test scores (if applicable)
  • any other pertinent information needed for the NC license
  • nonrefundable $55 fee by credit card - All educators pay a nonrefundable fee, whether clearing or upgrading a license.

Once all items are uploaded including the fee, and submitted to ECU, you cannot make any changes. Incomplete transcripts/applications will delay your license process and you cannot be recommended for a license through ECU. Your application will be rejected and you will be notified through the Licensure System, not the university. You will have to start the application process again and an additional $55 processing fee will be required. Thoroughly check your application before submitting.

4 Important Points to Remember

  • The statement of applicant must be completed before the application can be submitted.
  • The application will only be routed to ECU for recommendation once the nonrefundable processing fee is submitted.
  • The application will not be processed by DPI until ECU has completed the recommendation for the licensure area(s). If you upload an unofficial transcript or do not include applicable test scores, ECU cannot recommend you.
  • To avoid an additional fee later, do not submit your application or pay your fee until all required items are uploaded. Applications that have been created, but not completed will expire after 30 days. Note--the processing fee is nonrefundable.

**You should secure a transcript from www.ecu.edu/registrar, click on Students, Transcript Records. There is a fee for this service. Have the transcript sent to yourself so that you can upload it on the Licensure site. ECU nor the Office of Teacher Education will upload transcripts for you.

The Registrar's site will most likely have the actual current term listed and approximate date that the transcripts should be ready. You will be choosing one option. Past graduates should click the 1 st option. Graduate Non-Degree students should click the 2 nd option. Degree seekers completing this term should click the 3 rd option.

Send Now (current term grades might not be included)

Hold until grades have been posted for the current term.
(Post Bach Teacher Cert OR Graduate Non-Degree Students)

Hold until current semester degrees have been posted (Degree Seeking Students)


At any time, you can check your grades/degree status in Self Service Banner in Pirate Port; however, do not print a transcript from this site. It is not official and not acceptable for submission to NCDPI.