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Two new teacher licensure pathways open — Special Education, Elementary Education

Tuition grants awarded thanks to SECU Foundation

May 1, 2019

Pathway to Practice NC, a self-paced, competency-based online program for residency licensed teachers, has opened two new modules for licensure in elementary education and special education. Scholarship funding is available thanks to a grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.

Pathway to Practice NC, a collaboration between the UNC School of Education and NC State’s College of Education, is a state-approved educator preparation program providing a competency-based online program for residency licensed teachers.

A $200,000 grant from the SECU Foundation supported development of the new educator preparation modules. Special Education and Elementary modules were designed specifically for teachers in the classroom using research-based instructional strategies and engaging activities.

The grant is also providing funding for 10 North Carolina teachers to complete the online training. Scholarship priority is being given to those who would bring their new skillset to Tier 1 communities, the 40 most economically distressed counties in the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s annual ranking of all 100 counties.

Meeting teachers’ needs

Pathway to Practice NC is designed to meet the needs of full-time teachers. The program is designed to be completed online from anywhere, following an introductory session in which students meet with their instructors, administrators and with fellow cohort members.

Pathway to Practice NC provides facilitator coaches to both support and extend preparation that is tailored to residency license teachers’ needs.

Total program cost is estimated at $5,000, with only one quarter due at enrollment.

Those who complete the program receive an endorsement for your license from both the UNC School of Education and the NC State College of Education.