Clear your Residency License through our online program designed specifically for full-time teachers. Admissions are ongoing, and you can start anytime.



Deepen your skillset in over 35 competencies essential to high quality teaching and aligned with state and national standards.
Set your own pace to complete nine modules 100% online in just 1 year.
Learn from experienced faculty with expertise in teacher preparation, online education and their respective content areas.

Pathway to Practice NC supports teachers in North Carolina with a residency license/permit to teach in the following subject areas:

  • Mathematics (6-9 or 9-12)
  • Science (6-9 or 9-12)
  • English Language Arts (6-9 or 9-12)
  • Social Studies (6-9 or 9-12)

We are adding two new programs with a start date of November 5th:

  • Elementary (K-6)
  • Special Education – General Curriculum (K-12)


Applicants must be hired on a Residency License (RL) or be eligible for a position on a Residency License. To be eligible for a position on a Residency License, a candidate must have the following:

  • A degree with a cumulative 2.70 or higher GPA
  • One of the following: a degree in your subject area, 24 hours in your subject area, or the passing licensure exam in your area
Program cost is $1,250 every 3 months. Total cost depends on how long it takes to complete (with an average cost of $4,800).
No, this program does not accept federal financial aid at this time.
Yes. Before students start the online modules, they will attend a Kickoff event with faculty members who will introduce them to the learning platform. This will be an all-day event on a Saturday. Students will be able to meet their instructors, administrators, and connect with fellow cohort member. Students in the program also submit an edTPA portfolio to Pearson testing services before completion of the program.
Both. You will receive an endorsement for your license from both the UNC School of Education and NC State College of Education.
If you have a Residency License, then at the successful completion of this program (including an edTPA and submission of your principal’s evaluation), you will be recommended for a full license by the UNC-Chapel HIll and NC State collaborative. NC State/UNC-Chapel Hill will recommend you, but you will need to go through the online system to initiate the clearing of your license.

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Orientation Sessions

You can apply anytime and start anytime, but we will hold in-person orientations three times a year so you can meet facilitators and other students and learn more about the curriculum and online learning environment Brightspace:

  • March
  • July
  • October


You’ll receive a competency-based education through Pathway to Practice NC

Competency-based education emphasizes what students know and are able to do. This approach ensures you will have the specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes required to be a successful teacher.

More on the competency-based education you’ll receive

“We’ve designed a flexible teacher licensure program to meet the needs of the busy lives of lateral entry teachers. We’ve built the program around your schedule.”

—  Alison Winzeler, Pathway to Practice NC Director