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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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. The centers were designed specifically to assist lateral entry teachers in NC to achieve a full professional educator’s license.

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The RALCs evaluate teaching candidates’ applications, prescribe courses of study, and outline other requirements needed in order to receive full professional educators’ licenses. Upon completion of individuals’ plans of study, the RALC will make recommendation to the Licensure Section at DPI for clear licenses.

Candidates may take the necessary coursework at a variety of colleges and universities.

The centers provide a number of benefits for lateral entry teachers:
  • more consistent evaluations
  • plans of study targeting licensure requirements
  • college/university choices to satisfy course requirements
  • certain requirements can be met at local school systems

 


What Is Lateral Entry?

Lateral entry, an alternate route to teaching, allows a school system to hire someone with at least a bachelor's degree as a teacher, with the assumption that over the next three years the person being hired will complete a teacher education program through a college, university, or RALC. Individual plans of study are prescribed for lateral entry teachers who must complete the necessary educational coursework (and other requirements) for a professional educator’s license while teaching.

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The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) only issues lateral entry licenses at the request of the employing school system (i.e., individuals cannot request a lateral entry license on their own). The RALC does not request or issue lateral entry licenses.

Once the lateral entry license is cleared, individuals are eligible to add additional licensure areas based on appropriate testing or 24 semester hours of coursework.

 


Expired Lateral Entry Licenses

The State Board of Education passed a policy that allows individuals who did not complete the requirements of the lateral entry license to obtain another lateral entry license under certain conditions. The policy reads as follows:

"Individuals who do not fulfill the requirements of their lateral entry license within the three years they are initially given may be issued another lateral entry license provided:

  1. they have passed the required licensure exam(s) for the specialty area in which the license will be issued and
  2. at least six years have elapsed since the prior lateral entry license was issued."

The State Board of Education policy can be found at http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/ Section 1.70 (the last paragraph).