• Licensed Staff


    The State of North Carolina requires that all public school educators hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach. Licensed employees must meet both state and federal licensing requirements in order to be employed. For more information visit www.ncpublicschools.org.

    Alternative Licensure Information

    Alternative Licensure is an "alternate" route to teaching for qualified individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher outside of education. It allows qualified individuals to begin teaching in a classroom while obtaining a professional educator's license as they teach. The NC DPI authorizes alternative licensure professional educator licenses on a provisional basis in licensure areas that correspond to the individual's academic study. For more information about alternative licensure pathways in North Carolina, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's Alternative Licensure website.


    Application materials

    • Complete the online application.
    • Copies of all teaching licenses (Upload to your online applicant file)
    • All college transcripts (Upload to your online applicant file)
    • Effective July 24, 2019, NC teachers who are not employed by WCPSS are required to provide documentation of previous performance by uploading copies of their most recent summative evaluation from NCEES (NC Educator Evaluation System). This evaluation is required to make the application complete. Out-of-state, charter school, or private school applicants who do not have NCEES evaluations must upload their most recent year-end evaluation. New graduates should upload their final student teaching evaluation.
    • Provide a minimum of one recent supervisory reference on both the application and when prompted to begin the reference survey process. (References from co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family members are not considered supervisory references.)
    • Do not mail paper documents to Human Resources.

    Teacher Incentives


Learn more

Recently, we hosted two webinars focused on equipping certified teachers or candidates seeking alternative licensure with essential knowledge: 

Certified Teaching and Alternative Licensure

Special Education Teachers and Instructional Assistants (IAs)