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Clear your Residency License through our 100% online program designed specifically for full-time teachers.

Admissions are ongoing, and you can start anytime.



100% online to prepare teachers remotely around the state.

Complete at your own pace.

Deepen your skillset in over 35 competencies essential to high quality teaching and aligned with state and national standards.
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)
  • Elementary (K-6)
  • Special Education – General Curriculum (K-12)

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Orientation Sessions

We will hold virtual orientations three times a year so you can meet facilitators and other students and learn more about the curriculum and online learning environment Brightspace.


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


Photo of Nick Musgrave standing in front of a mural at Thomasville Middle School

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

Nick Musgrave was two years into teaching math at Thomasville Middle School when he began Pathway to Practice NC, a joint program offered by UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University designed to help lateral entry teachers like him earn their full teaching license. “The program has absolutely changed the way I teach,” he says.

Tuition grants available for two new pathways: Special Education, Elementary Education

Pathway to Practice NC launched new avenues to help North Carolina address teacher shortages in two key areas: Special education and elementary education. The development of these modules and tuition funding were made available thanks to a grant from the SECU Foundation. Learn more.