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How to Apply


The first step in applying is determining whether you are eligible for the program.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be teaching full time in one of the following areas in a North Carolina public school:
    • Middle or High School Math, Science, English, or Social Studies;
    • Elementary (K-6);
    • Special Education General Curriculum
  • You must have a 2.70 or higher cumulative GPA (graduate or undergraduate degree)
  • You must have 24 hours or the licensure exam in your subject area

How to Apply

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you may complete the online application.

You will need to submit the following:

  • PDFs of official transcripts
    If you submit unofficial transcripts, this will hold up your application. Please do not submit an application until you have PDFs of your official transcripts
  • Licensure exam scores
  • Copy of emergency license (if applicable)

Applications are processed every 10-14 business days. It may take up to 2 weeks to process your application and receive acceptance.

Next Steps for Accepted Students

Once accepted


You will be sent to a registration site where you will pay for your first subscription. The first subscription covers the first three months, or first quarter, of the program, and will grant you access to the online learning modules. Once you do this you will have officially registered for the program.

By registering, you are “affiliating”, and acknowledging your intention to complete Pathway to Practice. Your RL form can be signed when you “affiliate”

Residency License (RL) Form

Residency Licenses require that teacher candidates affiliate with an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Pathway to Practice is the EPP.

Once you have been accepted and officially register, you are “affiliated” with Pathway to Practice and will complete an RL form with your HR representative to send to Dr. Alison Winzeler, Pathway to Practice Director.

The form will then be returned to you and the HR Specialist.

Prior to your start date

You will be sent the virtual orientation videos and your login information for the modules.

You will be introduced to your facilitator and set up a time to touch base with them and possibly other students in the program.

Starting the program

You start the modules depending on when you apply and are accepted. Start dates coincide with the beginning of the month. Therefore, if you wish to start by a certain date, you need to submit your application two months prior to that date.

Your start date will be indicated on your acceptance letter.

You may “affiliate” before your start date.

Once you begin, you are expected to make progress using the pacing guides available. You are also expected to keep your subscription current to keep your affiliation with Pathway to Practice as your EPP.