What is the RALC?

There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALCs) in North Carolina, created by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction. They were designed to assist lateral entry teachers in NC to achieve a full professional educator’s license. read more...>

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Relevant Degrees

Each degree requires a minimum of 24 semester hours in the major to be considered a relevant degree (If you have a degree that is not listed below and have 24 semester hours in one of the licensure areas, then you may qualify for a Lateral Entry license).

Click on a licensure area below for a list of applicable or relevant majors as provided by the NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section.

Agriculture

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Science
  • Soil Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Extension Service Science
  • Veterinary Science

Art

  • Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Art Education

B-K

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood
  • Psychology

Business

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Sports Management

School Counseling

Counseling applicants must hold a master's in one of the following areas:

  • Community Counseling
  • Agency Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dance

  • Dance

Elementary K-6

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English/Language Arts
  • Family Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology

English 9-12

  • Writing (indicate specialty)
  • English
  • English Education
  • Literature
  • Linguistics

ESL

  • English
  • Linguistics

Family & Consumer Sciences

  • FACS
  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Child Development
  • Textiles
  • Culinary Arts

Foreign Languages

  Modern Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  Ancient Language
  • Latin

Health Specialists

  • Health
  • Health Education

Health & Physical Ed. (dual licensure)

  • Health
  • Health Education
  • PE
  • Exercise Science

Effective 7-1-11: Due to the dual licensure of this area, individuals must have 15 semester hours in PE and 9 semester hours in Health Education for a total of 24 hours of relevant course work.

Marketing

  • Marketing
  • Marketing Education
  • Business and Marketing

Math 9-12

  • Math
  • Math Education

MG Language Arts

  • Writing (indicate specialty)
  • English
  • English Education
  • Literature
  • Linguistics

MG Math

  • Math
  • Math Education

MG Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Astronomy
  • Science
  • Botany
  • Genetics

MG Social Studies

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Law

Music

  • Music
  • Chorus
  • Band
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music Education
  • Piano
  • Opera

Physical Education

  • PE
  • Exercise Science

Pre-School (add-on)

Added as a provisional license to a clear license in one of the following:

  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (area 710 only)

School Social Worker

A degree in Social Work is required.

Science 9-12

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Astronomy
  • Science
  • Botany
  • Genetics

Social Studies 9-12

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Law

Special Education:  General Curriculum

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English/Language Arts
  • Family Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Special Education

Special Education:  Adapted Curriculum

You must pass the NC State Board of Education required test for Special Education: Adapted Curriculum prior to teaching.

Technology Education

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation Science
  • Industrial Arts
  • Trade & Industrial Education
  • Animation & Visualization
  • Computer Programming
  • Game Design & Development
  • Computer Science
  • Science

Theatre Arts

  • Drama
  • Theatre