Residency Licensure

UNCP residency pathway aligns with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Please watch this video to begin!


First, apply to the Graduate School and then, use the button below to submit your RL form RL Form Submission


Residency Licensure Pathway Information 

The residency license is a one-year pathway, renewable up to two times (for a total of three years).  It is for candidates that meet the content requirements of licensure but may still need pedagogy requirements.  All requirements to convert a Residency License to either an Initial Professional License (IPL) or Continuing Professional License (CPL) must be completed before the expiration of the second renewal of the Residency License. UNCP can only sign the renewal of the RL form while students are enrolled. RL candidates must complete their licensure exams to convert their license to an IPL or CPL. Students must take AND pass their licensure exams while still in the program in order to convert the Residency License to their IPL or CPL. Students not enrolled can not have the Residency Licensure form renewed after graduating with the MAT. Students must pass the licensure exams to be recommended by UNCP.

Individuals must meet the following requirements:

1.  holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

2.  has either completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area;

3.  is enrolled in a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP).  Students must have earned a grade point scale for formal admission to approved North Carolina EPPs, and;

4.  meets all other requirements established by the NCSBE, including completing preservice requirements prior to teaching.

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Please contact the Program Coordinator/Director for additional coursework information.

Residency Pathway
Program Coordinator/Director
Art Education K-12 Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant 910.521.5792 Locklear Hall 212

Dr. Sandra Plata-Potter 910.775.4760

School of Education 310

Elementary Education K-6 Dr. Kelly Ficklin 910.775.4037 School of Education 215A
English Education 9-12 or Language Arts 6-9 Dr. Roger Ladd 910.521.6624

Dial Building 121

Health & Physical Education K-12 Dr. Thomas Trendowski 910.521.6342 Jones 1191
Mathematics Education 6-9 or 9-12 Dr. Hillary Sessions 910.775.4419 Oxendine Science 1213
Science Education 6-9 or 9-12 Dr. Rita Hagevik 910.521.6652 Oxendine Science 2240
Social Studies Education 6-9 or 9-12 Dr. Serina Cinnamon 910.521.6441 Dial Building 207
Spanish Education K-12 Dr. Cecilia Lara 910.521.6359 Dial Building 243
Special Education K-12 Dr. Marisa Scott 910.521.4422 School of Education 208