Residency Licensure

A Residency License (RL) allows individuals to work as licensed teachers in NC while they complete licensure coursework. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is a SBE-approved EPP for Residency Licensure. To qualify for an RL, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching
  • Be employed as a full-time teacher
  • Satisfy content background requirements through either 24 relevant credit hours or SBE-approved licensure exams (edTPA is NOT required to receive an RL and will be completed later during the student teaching semester).
    • Credit hours considered relevant must be in the subject areas listed at the top most of the plans of study available here.
    • Relevant coursework and testing requirements for an RL in Elementary Education or Exceptional Children - General Curriculum are published in this document.
    • To qualify for an RL in Exceptional Children - Adapted Curriculum, candidates must have 24 credit hours specifically in Special Education or pass the associated Praxis Subject Assessments (5511 and 5545).
    • Note: As authorized in LICN-001, this requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 AY only. Candidates qualifying for an RL in 2020-2021 must satisfy content background requirements through either 24 relevant credit hours or SBE-approved licensure exams before they can renew their license for the 2021-2022 AY.

RLs are valid for one year and twice renewable (for a total of three years) so long as candidates continue to meet the above requirements. After successfully completing the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and passing all SBE-approved licensure exams, RL holders can apply an Initial Professional Educator's License.

NCDPI's Form RL is used to document licensure eligibility. RL candidates should send a copy to Dr. Brad Smith (bradleysmith@uncc.edu) with the applicant and LEA portions complete after they have been admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and registered for classes.

Please contact Dr. Smith (bradleysmith@uncc.edu or 704-687-8815) with questions about the Residency Licensure process.