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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 centers 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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Effective April 15, 2019, the RALC no longer accepts applications for lateral entry plans of study. However, the RALC will continue assisting those individuals who hold current lateral entry licenses and have been issued RALC plans of study.

In compliance with current NC State Board of Education policy and General Statute, all lateral entry licensed teachers must complete requirements and be recommended for a clear license no later than June 30, 2022.

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