Teacher Licensing

NCDPI Online Licensure System

Licensure Resources

Licensure ensures that children in our school system are served by educators with the knowledge and skills to deliver a sound educational program. Licensure also assures that professional school personnel engage in ongoing staff development activities that help them continually improve the overall quality of Education in McDowell County Schools. Employees of McDowell County Schools are required by the State Board of Education to hold an appropriate license for the subject, grade level, or assignment taught. It is important to note that licensure requirements are dictated by this state, and the Local Educational Agency (LEA) must comply with these regulations.

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Individuals seeking a North Carolina professional educator’s license must meet the testing requirements established by the State Board of Education. The Initial Professional License may be converted to a clear Continuing Professional License provided the State Board of Education-required exam is taken at least once during the first year of employment and passed before or during the second year of employment. 

Current testing requirements are as follows. To view additional information regarding required tests for licensure, please visit: North Carolina State Board of Education Approved Testing Requirements*



North Carolina State Board of Education Approved Testing Requirements*


Elementary Education (K-6), candidates will take the following exams:

Pearson Test 090 – Foundations of Reading

Pearson Test 103 – Multi-subjects Subtest

Pearson Test 203 – Mathematics Subtest

Pearson General Curriculum Multi-subjects & Math subtests taken in one test session #701

Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12), the required exams are the same as above, with the additional Core Knowledge Test – Praxis II (5543).



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