Elementary Education Residency Licensure

Montreat College supports an alternate pathway to becoming a professional educator called the Residency License. This one-year program, which consists of five courses (or equivalent), 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 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 second renewal of the Residency License expires. 

Individuals must meet the following requirements to attain Residency Licensure: 

  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?

  1. The Residency License requires the acknowledgement of employment with a Local Education Agency (LEA) and enrollment in an EPP.
  2. The LEA will fill out the Residency License verification form (RL) verifying employment (contingent on EPP enrollment verification) and recommending them for a Residency License.
  3. That document then must be sent to the Director of Teacher Education (or licensure officer) of the enrolling EPP for verification of enrollment. At Montreat College send documents to Dr. Amy Flagler at amy.flagler@montreat.edu
  4. The document returns to the LEA for processing with the licensure department at NCDPI.
  5. 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.

What are the admission requirements to the Residency License Pathway?

  1. Apply to the Montreat College Residency License Pathway through the School of Arts and Sciences admission process as a Special Student (non-degree, receiving college credit, but not seeking a degree). https://www.montreat.edu/admissions/undergraduate/
  2. Submit official transcripts for a bachelor’s degree demonstrating at least a 2.7 GPA to admissions.
  3. Submit an appropriately completed copy of Residency License verification/ certification of supervision (Form RL) from the LEA for appropriate EPP completion (through the Director of Teacher Education).

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. Submit a passing score (minimum 233) on the  Pearson Foundations of Reading test (190) and the ETS Elementary Education Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Test 7813 (minimum of 150) if completed for admission.

What are the program requirements?

  1. Be admitted by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) for Residency License Model pathway requirements (through arrangement with the Director of Teacher Education).
  2. Successfully complete the following pedagogy-related courses by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and a minimum C grade in each course with no more than two C-s (see Academic Catalog for details). Pre- and co-requisites will be waived.
  • EDUC 4420 Diversity & Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDUC 4430 Classroom Management (3)
  • EDUC 4440 Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDUC 4450 Assessment in Education (3)
  • EDUC 4513 Seminar III: Issues in Education (3)
  • Optional Directed Study as needed for completion of program (1-3).
  1. Pass the ETS Elementary Education CKT for Teaching Mathematics 7813 with a minimum score of 150.
  2. Pass Pearson Foundations of Reading test (190) with a minimum score of 233.
  3. Pass edTPA with North Carolina required minimum passing score of 45.

What is the process for completion of Residency Licensure?

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). 

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