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RALC

Lateral Entry Application Procedures

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NC has four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, and school social workers. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, and school social workers should apply to the center that serves their employing school system. For a list of counties and schools served by each region, please select the Contact page.

Please click the appropriate option below to begin your application process.

If qualified, prospective teacher applicants will receive a qualification letter. Once verification of employment in a NC public or charter school is received, then a plan of study will be issued.

  1. Apply for a plan of study online by clicking here . You must register your personal email address to begin the application process. Instructions for the application and registration are included on the login page.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    The following supporting documentation must be available for uploading when applying. The RALC reserves the right to request sealed, official documents if necessary.
    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits are required. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable. Applications received without official transcripts will be denied. It is permissible for you to open sealed transcripts, scan, and upload to your online application.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the News & Resources page for test information.
    • A copy of the license and DPI requirement letter must be submitted with the application for teachers holding a provisional (restricted) CTE license.
    • Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the News & Resources page for a link to locate international education evaluation services.

You cannot initiate a new or additional application or upload additional documents through our automated system if you have previously applied. Subsequent applications and/or supporting documentation must be sent via email. Please follow the below instructions matching your need.

Currently employed teacher with assignment change

  • Click here to download the RALC Application (pdf). Print, complete, sign and date, then submit to your employing school system’s personnel/licensure administrator.
  • Your employing school system’s personnel/licensure administrator must submit the application with supporting documents to the RALC via email. Supporting documents include:
    • new teaching assignment/licensure area
    • pdf summary page of the DPI application for new licensure area
    • official transcripts not previously submitted
    • copy of official test scores if applicable
    • copy of the license and DPI requirement letter for teachers holding a provisional, restricted CTE license

Reemployed teacher with expired lateral entry license

  • Click here to download the RALC Application (pdf). Print, complete, sign and date, then submit to your employing school system’s personnel/licensure administrator.
  • Your employing school system’s personnel/licensure administrator must submit the application with supporting documents to the RALC via email. Supporting documents include:
    • current teaching assignment/licensure area
    • pdf summary page of the DPI application for current licensure area
    • official transcripts not previously submitted
    • copy of official test scores
    • copy of the license and DPI requirement letter for teachers holding a provisional, restricted CTE license

Expired plan of study

An individual with an expired plan of study who has never held a lateral entry license must be employed as a lateral entry teacher to apply for a new plan of study. A plan of study is not required to apply for vacant teaching positions.

Prospective teacher applying for additional license area (maximum of two license areas allowed)

  • Click here to download the RALC Application (pdf). Print, complete, sign and date these forms.
  • Submit the application with supporting documents to the RALC via email to your RALC Director. Supporting documents include:
    • official transcripts not previously submitted
    • copy of official test scores, if applicable.
  • The RALC only evaluates for a maximum of two licensure areas.

Previously denied or incomplete applications

  • Click here to download the RALC Application (pdf). Print, complete, sign and date these forms.
  • Submit the new application to the RALC via email to your RALC Director.
  • Include all documentation previously requested to qualify for RALC services

How Long Will It Take To Hear From The RALC?

  • The time frame for an evaluation depends on the volume of pending requests.
  • Clipart Of Pencil Marking Calendar PageYour application is not complete until all required documentation is received.
  • Only complete applications are evaluated.
  • Once evaluations are completed, you will receive notification via email.
FAQ
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Lateral Entry Courses FAQ Section

The RALC does not evaluate transcripts to provide the applicant with a list of eligible areas. The applicant must specify the areas of interest. Some CTE areas require employment prior to becoming licensed. You may want to contact the CTE Director at the school system you are interested in working with for specific information regarding qualifications.

We cannot answer your specific question without an evaluation of your transcripts. Initial evaluations are provided upon receipt of your RALC application. Please apply for RALC services by clicking Application in the menu at the top of the page.  Follow the instructions listed to apply online.

Some licensure areas require passing test scores before applying while others do not. Please click here for information on how to qualify for your specific area.

Foreign applicants must submit official documentation of eligibility to work in the United States, official foreign transcripts, an official translation, and a course-by-course evaluation from an international education evaluation service. See the Resources tab for a link to international education evaluation service providers.

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