Alternative Certification Route: Residency License

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This route allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away as a Resident while obtaining a clear professional educator’s license. The NC Dept of Public Instruction authorizes a one-year Residency License that may be renewed twice for up to a 3-year licensure cycle.  Residency licensure is issued on a provisional basis in the teaching area that corresponds to the individual’s qualifications. An approved educator preparation program (EPP) must determine the applicant for the license to be qualified and enroll the individual, while a North Carolina school system or charter school employs the Resident to teach.  Both EPP enrollment and public school system employment as a teacher are required to qualify for and continue teaching on a Residency License.

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State Information
State: North Carolina
Contact Name: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Contact Phone: 800-577-7994
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Last updated on: December 15, 2020
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