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Lateral Entry Application Procedures

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

Apply Online (Prospective & Employed Teachers, School Counselors, & Social Workers)

  1. Application
    We invite you to apply for a RALC plan of study online by clicking here. A login page will open where you must register your email address to begin the process. Instructions for the application and registration are included on the login page.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    You will need to have the following supporting documentation available for uploading when applying:

    • 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.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the Resources page for test information.
    • 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 page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors 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.

Apply Through Your Employing School System

  1. Application
    Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    Your personnel/licensure administrator will submit your application along with transcripts, test scores, etc. to the appropriate RALC. The RALC requires you provide:

    • Official transcripts from all community colleges, colleges, and universities where you have earned credits. The type of degree, date earned, and GPA must be shown on the transcript where applicable.
    • Clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the Resources page for test information.
    • 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 page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
  3. Questions
    Questions should be directed to the personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system. He/she is the first point of contact for licensure concerns.

Apply Through The US Mail

  1. Application
    Prospective Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the three-page RALC Application (pdf). Print these forms and complete each one, including your signature and the date.Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    • 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.
    • 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 page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the  Resources page for test information.
  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors 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.
  4. Submit Application and Supporting Documents
    Mail your RALC Application and supporting documentation in one packet to the RALC.

Expired Plan Of Study?

If you have an expired plan of study, you cannot apply through our automated system at this time.  Please follow the instructions below to submit a new application.

  1. Application
    Prospective Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the three-page RALC Application (pdf). Print these forms and complete each one, including your signature and the date. Employed Teachers, School Social Workers, & School Counselors: Click here to download the one-page RALC Application (pdf). Submit the completed application to your employing school system. The personnel/licensure administrator at your employing school system will assist you in completing the application packet.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    • 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.
    • 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 page for a link to the international education evaluation services.
    • The RALC will accept clear, unaltered copies of official test scores, if applicable. See the Resources page for test information.
  3. Determine your Region
    There are four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, & school counselors. Prospective applicants should apply to the RALC serving the county in which they live. Employed lateral or provisionally licensed teachers, school social workers, & school counselors 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.
  4. Submit Application and Supporting Documents
    Mail your RALC Application and supporting documentation in one packet to the RALC.

How Long Will It Take To Hear From The RALC?

  • The time frame for an evaluation depends on the volume of pending requests
  • Your 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 further details.

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 on the RALC website for a link to the international education evaluation services.