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...>

Course Disclaimer

Courses listed on the RALC website are approved for employed and prospective teachers who have a current plan of study or qualification letter on file with one of the four RALCs. Individuals with an expired or no plan of study should not take these courses and assume they will count.

Restricted Licensure

Teachers licensed through the CTE provisional route are issued a restricted license, which means employment is limited to the specific area of licensure. Teachers with a restricted license are not eligible to add additional license areas based on testing or 24 semester hours of course work unless otherwise permitted by policy. Previously granted non-teaching work experience may not be transferable to other license areas for which the experience is not relevant.

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Lateral Entry Application Procedures

Please click the appropriate option below to begin your application process.

read more...Option I: Apply Online (Preferred Method)

  1. Application
    We invite you to apply for a RALC plan of study online by clicking here. A login page will open where you must register your email address to begin the process. Instructions for the application and registration are included on the login page.

  2. Supporting Documentation
    You will need to have the following supporting documentation available for uploading when applying:
    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits are required. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the Resources page for test information.
    • Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the Resources page for a link to the international education evaluation services.

  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors should apply to the center that serves their employing school system. For a list of counties and schools served by each region, please select the Contact page.

 

read more...Option II: Apply Through Your Employing School System

  1. Application
    Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.

  2. Supporting Documentation
    Your personnel/licensure administrator will submit your application along with transcripts, test scores, etc. to the appropriate RALC. The RALC requires you provide:
    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable.
    • Clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the Resources page for test information.
    • Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the Resources page for a link to the international education evaluation services.

  3. Questions
    Questions should be directed to the personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system. He/she is the first point of contact for licensure concerns.

 

read more...Option III: Apply Through The US Mail

  1. Application
    Prospective Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the three-page RALC Application (pdf). Print these forms and complete each one, including your signature and the date.

    Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.

  2. Supporting Documentation
    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits are required. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable.
    • Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the Resources page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the  Resources page for test information.

  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors should apply to the center that serves their employing school system. For a list of counties and schools served by each region, please select the Contact page.

  4. Submit Application and Supporting Documents
    Mail your RALC Application and supporting documentation in one packet to the RALC.

 

read more...Option IV: Expired Plan Of Study?

    If you have an expired plan of study, you cannot apply through our automated system at this time.  Please follow the instructions below to submit a new application.

  1. Application
    Prospective Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the three-page RALC Application (pdf). Print these forms and complete each one, including your signature and the date.  

    Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.

  2. Supporting Documentation
    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits are required. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable.
    • Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the Resources page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the  Resources page for test information.

  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors should apply to the center that serves their employing school system. For a list of counties and schools served by each region, please select the Contact page.

  4. Submit Application and Supporting Documents
    Mail your RALC Application and supporting documentation in one packet to the RALC.

 

How long will it take to hear from the RALC?

  • The timeframe for an evaluation depends on the volume of pending requests.
  • Your application is not complete until all required documentation is received.
  • Only complete applications are evaluated.
  • Once evaluations are completed, you will receive notification via email.