Licensure Page

Licensed employees are required to hold a valid North Carolina Professional Educator's license. Those that hold a Standard Professional II Professional Educator's license are responsible for licensure renewal every five years. Licensure renewal requires educators participate in professional development opportunities to earn "credits" or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Follow this link for general licensure information:  North Carolina Licensure Information

For Future Teachers 

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Our friends at the nonprofit TeachNC.org have lots of free tools and resources to help you get started: 

  • 1-on-1 advising calls to answer all your questions and choose an educator preparation program (EPP) that’s right for you 
  • how-to guides to demystify eligibility, testing, and financial aid 
  • an EPP Explorer so you can compare programs and interactive application checklists to keep you on track to apply 
  • fee reimbursements to help cover application and enrollment expenses 
  • a $1000 scholarship to help make your dream of becoming a teacher more economical 
Hickory Public Schools and TeachNC are committed to helping you achieve your dream of becoming a teacher! Sign up for a free TeachNC account today to get started! 

Still need to enroll in an educator preparation program (EPP) so you can earn your residency licensure? Hickory Public Schools partners with the nonprofit TeachNC to provide you with coaching, support, and financial aid opportunities (like fee reimbursements and scholarships) to help you successfully apply to an EPP. Sign up for a free TeachNC account today to get started!


NCDPI Online Licensure System
All licensed educators are required to create an account on the NCDPI Online Licensure System. This system allows you to renew your license, add a teaching area, submit a name change and update contact information, among other services. 

For instructions on creating an account, click here.

Licensure Renewal

It is the responsibility of each licensed employee to maintain his/her license in a current status to be eligible for employment. A teaching license is valid for a period of five years from the effective date of issuance by the Licensure Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. License holders must renew their licenses each five-year period. Each local education agency must certify that license renewal requirements have been met in order for its employees' licenses to be renewed. The HR Department will facilitate all decisions related to licensure renewal for HPS employees.

Renewal Requirements for Standard Professional II License Holders expiring June 30, 2019 or later

Click here for settings and instructions to check current renewal credit amounts from an HPS computer via Internet Explorer.

Continuing Education (Check your CEUs in Internet Explorer from a HPS computer)

Click here for instructions to complete licensure renewal through the NCDPI Online Licensure System.

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