Residency Licensure


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.  Individuals must meet the following requirements:

1.  holds, at a miniumum, 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.

Please click the Residency Flyer below for additional information including program requirements and contact information for Program Coordinators/Directors.


The Residency Verification Form (Page 3) will first need to be completed by the LEA and then by the Licensure Officer for verification of enrollment.