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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News & Information


Clipart Of News & MouseOn July 28, 2017, SB 599, Excellent Educators for Every Classroom, was signed into law. This law changes alternative licensure in NC, eventually phasing out and eliminating lateral entry licensure. Lateral entry licenses will continue to be issued through June 30, 2019. Individuals who hold a valid lateral entry license on or before this date will be allowed three school years to complete requirements to convert the lateral entry license to a continuing license. The RALC will continue as an approved NC State Board of Education option for lateral entry license holders to meet their licensure requirements.

A new alternative license for prospective teachers, named a residency license, will replace lateral entry. Details about the residency license and its requirements are currently unavailable while being determined by the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission.

Below are flyers and announcements regarding upcoming events and special course offerings…

College/University Campus News

Professional Development & Test Preparation

  • Kaplan University offers Praxis preparation Click here for more information (posted 4-5-18)
  • Piedmont Triad Education Consortium offers prep workshops for Math and Multi-Subject Pearson exams with March and April 2018 dates Download the flyer (posted 3-7-18)
  • Preparation for Foundation of Reading Licensure Exam & the General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest - offered through Open Access Modules located on NC Education PD (https://center.ncsu.edu/ncpd/) (posted 2-2-16)
  • UNC Charlotte offers NC General Curriculum Math Subtest Prep Course Download the flyer (posted 10-23-17)
  • UNC School of Education offering Modern Mathematics for Elementary Teachers in preparation for the Mathematics Subtest required for individuals seeking Elementary Education and Special Education: General Curriculum NC teaching licenses. Download the flyer or select preparation course (posted 4-27-18)
  • WRESA Online Professional Development offered Spring 2016 Download the flyer (posted 2-17-16)
  • WRESA offers Foundations of Reading Preparation Course online on an ongoing basis. Click here (posted 4-27-17)
  • WRESA offers General Curriculum Math Subtest: Test Prep Course Download the flyer (posted 2-26-16)

DPI/School System Announcements

  • Cabarrus County Schools Teacher Fair 2018 scheduled for April 27, 2018 Download the flyer For further details regarding the flyer, click here. (posted 3-22-18)
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Teacher Career Fair scheduled for April 29, 2018 Download the flyer (posted 3-29-18)
  • NC Mountains Teacher Job Fair scheduled for May 7, 2018 Download the flyer (posted 3-29-18)
  • Gaston County Schools Teacher Job Fair scheduled for May 18, 2018 Download the flyer (posted 3-30-18)