Lateral Entry Application Procedures
Determine your Region
NC has four Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) available to assist school districts in the licensing of teachers, school social workers, and 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, and 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 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 Resources page for a link to locate international education evaluation services.
Apply Through Employing District
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.
- For a limited time, you may also mail your RALC application and supporting documentation to the correct center.
- Mailing your application will result in a significant delay in the review and evaluation of your application.