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Supporting North Carolina Residency License Teachers on Their Path to a Full Teaching License.

A unique partnership between North Carolina’s top public universities — North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Pathway to Practice NC is the state’s most flexible teacher licensure program.

About Us

Clear your license at your pace.

Our 100% online program enables Residency License teachers from across North Carolina to earn their teaching license in a timeframe that works for them.

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Master your skills in 35+ competencies.

Deepen your skillset in over 35 competencies essential to high-quality teaching and aligned with state and national standards.

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Learn from our experienced faculty.

Learn from experienced faculty members with expertise in teacher preparation and their respective content areas.

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Pathway to Practice NC is a competency-based education program.

Learn more about competency-based education and how Pathway to Practice NC can flexibly help Residency License teachers earn licensure.

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‘Nothing has prepared me or advanced my career like Pathway to Practice NC did.’

Alumni Spotlight

Nick Musgrave saw teaching as a career that could make an impact in the lives of young people. Pathway to Practice NC provided him a way to become a middle school math teacher.

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“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 Director of Pathway to Practice NC

Licensure Available in these Subject Areas:

Pathway to Practice NC currently offers learning modules for six areas of licensure.

Mathematics

Grade Levels: 6–9 or 9–12

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Social Studies

Grade Levels: 6–9 or 9–12

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Science

Grade Levels: 6–9 or 9–12

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Elementary

Grade Levels: K–6

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English Language Arts

Grade Levels: 6–9 or 9–12

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Special Education

General Curriculum: K–12

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Apply Today.

Admissions are ongoing. Apply today to join our next monthly cohort and to begin the pathway to your teaching license.

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News & Stories

Putting Passion Into Practice

Alumni Spotlight

When Asha Patel was a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a major in business seemed like a path to career success. But it was during a Maymester course focused on experiential education that Patel “really saw the value of” what she was learning and experiencing,…
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Pathway to Practice Offers Convenient, Effective Licensure Opportunity

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Amy Castle, a Durham School of the Arts science teacher, was among the first group of candidates to complete the Pathway to Practice NC teacher licensure program.

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‘Nothing has prepared me or advanced my career like Pathway to Practice NC…

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Baseball. Statistics. And UPS. Those are the three things that led Nick Musgrave to become a teacher. He was throwing boxes around at UPS one night after the Christmas rush when he was hit with the thought that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people.

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Pathway to Practice NC is an online teacher licensure program offered by the NC State College of Education and UNC School of Education.