We have attempted to put as much information as possible regarding Licensure in this section of our webpage to provide directions and assist with questions. However, if you are unable to find what you need, please contact Ms. JoAnna Gwynn, our Licensure Specialist.
An individual, including those who hold the Permit to Teach or Emergency License, may qualify for a one-year Residency License in a teaching area, with the option to renew twice, within no longer than a three-year period. All requirements to convert a Residency License to either an Initial or Continuing license must be completed before the expiration of the second renewal of the Residency License. Individuals must meet all of the following requirements:
holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a GPA of 2.7 or higher (an EPP may accept a slightly lower GPA);
has either completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the NCSBE required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area (some EPPs may require the courses being counted toward meeting the 24 hours have a minimum grade of a 'C';
is enrolled in a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP), and;
meets all other requirements established by the NCSBE, including completing preservice requirements prior to teaching.
Teachers in the first year of their Residency License must receive 10 days of professional development from the LEA designed to support a successful classroom experience.