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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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Lateral entry licenses are no longer issued. If you are interested in teaching in North Carolina through an alternative license, then you must pursue the new Residency License pathway. More information about the Residency License can be found at

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