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Professional Licensure

A state’s laws may require practitioners to be licensed to practice in that state. The paragraphs below list the fields in which our online or distance education programs fulfill academic requirements leading to licensure and the states in which licensure may be granted.



NC State offers the Master of Education in Counselor Education online in these professional areas:

The program is accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs). Students from all states may apply for admission. Upon completion of the program, graduates may apply for licensure in the state of North Carolina.  Prospective students who are not North Carolina residents should contact Dr. Lynda Hambourger for information about licensure in their state.



In all 50 states and in the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program is one of the requirements for Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. Completion of the following distance education onsite degree programs meets this requirement:

For more information about Professional Engineering (PE) Licensure, see


Soil Science

The states of Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin require licensure of soil scientists. In these states, one of the requirements for licensure is a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of soils coursework. The Undergraduate Certificate in Soil Science (as well as the Master of Soil Science) provides the 15 semester credit hours of soils coursework needed. For more information about State Soil Science Licensing, see


Teaching and School Administration

Online and distance education programs fulfill academic requirements for professional licensure in teaching and school administration in the state of North Carolina. These programs fulfill licensure requirements only in North Carolina and (with one exception, see next paragraph) are not open to residents of other states.

There is one online teacher licensure program that accepts students from other states as well as North Carolina: the License in Education for Agricultural Professionals (LEAP) program. Graduates of this program receive a Class A teaching license from North Carolina which has reciprocity with 45 other states, the exceptions being Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota.



If you have questions about professional licensure and online or distance education programs at NC State, please contact Dr. Lynda Hambourger, Academic Advisor, Campus Box 7555, NC State University, NC 27695, 919.513.1879.