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There are four Regional Assistance Licensing Centers (RALCs) in North Carolina, created by the NC State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction. The RALC’s primary responsibility is to assist public school systems’ Human Resource personnel with licensure situations, applications, questions, and training. In addition, the centers continue to evaluate provisionally licensed teachers’ 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.

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All documents to clear RALC plans of study for any remaining lateral entry licensed teachers must be submitted to the appropriate RALC office by close of business on May 20, 2022 to ensure processing. Exceptions cannot be made, because the NC State Board of Education will no longer accept recommendations to convert a lateral entry license to a professional license effective July 1, 2022.

If you are interested in teaching in North Carolina through an alternative license, then you must pursue the new Residency License pathway, because Lateral Entry licenses are no longer issued. More information about the Residency License can be found at cannot be made.

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