Elementary Education Residency License Pathway

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Montreat College supports an alternate pathway to becoming a professional educator called the Residency License. This one-year program, which consists of five classes, allows qualified individuals to teach with a residency license (RL) while working towards requirements to earn an initial professional license (IPL).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Residency License and its requirements?

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. Hold, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Have 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. Be enrolled in a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a four-point scale for formal admission to approved North Carolina EPPs.
  4. Meet all other requirements established by the NCSBE—including completing preservice requirements prior to teaching.

What is the general process of assigning a residency license?

The residency license requires the acknowledgement of employment with an LEA and enrollment in an EPP.

  1. The LEA will fill out the residency license verification form verifying employment (contingent on EPP enrollment verification) and recommending them for a Residency license.
  2. That document then must be sent to the dean of education or licensure officer of the enrolling EPP for verification of enrollment.
  3. The document returns to the LEA for processing with the licensure department at NCDPI.
  4. If a candidate still has requirements to complete with the EPP at the end of their first year of employment, the LEA should request renewal of the residency license for another year via the automated renewal process in the licensure system. The renewal form needs to be complete and kept on file locally with the employing school system.

After completion of the Residency License pathway at Montreat College, license holders may apply to transfer their Residency License to a Professional Educator’s Initial Professional License (IPL) or Continuing Professional License (CPL).

What are the admission requirements?

  1. Apply to the Montreat College Residency License pathway.
  2. Submit official transcripts for a bachelor’s degree demonstrating at least a 2.7 GPA.
  3. Submit an appropriately completed copy of residency license verification / certification of supervision (From RL) from the Local Education for appropriate EPP completion.
  4. Submit passing score (minimum 229) on the Pearson Foundations of Reading test (090).

What are the program requirements?

  1. Be admitted by TEC for Residency License Model pathway requirements.
  2. Successfully complete the following pedagogy-related courses, maintaining a 3.0 GPA (Pre- and corequisites will be waived.)
    1. ED 430 Diversity & Exceptionalities (3)
    2. ED 410 Classroom Management (3)
    3. ED 406 Educational Psychology (3)
    4. ED 420 Assessment in Education (3)
    5. ED 451 Seminar III: Issues in Education (3)
  3. Pass Praxis CKT 7803 (score: 150) or Pearson General Curriculum Mathematics Subtest (score: 227).
  4. Pass edTPA (with state required minimum passing score).


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