“A” Licensure | Department of English

“A” Licensure

“A” Licensure is the process through which an individual qualifies to be licensed by the State of North Carolina to teach in primary and secondary schools. All public schools and many private schools in North Carolina require their professional educators to hold this license.

If your career goal is to work as a professional educator in the public schools, you should complete an education program leading to “A” Licensure. If you plan to work outside North Carolina, check with the education department of that state to determine if your North Carolina license will be accepted.

Lateral Entry

Students who already have baccalaureate degrees but who are seeking licensure only should apply for admission to The Teachers Academy, School of Education, 318 Curry. These licensure candidates must meet the same course requirements as students in the BA – High School Teaching program. Transcripts will be evaluated at the time of application to determine which of these requirements were fulfilled as part of the applicant’s baccalaureate program and which remain to be satisfied. For further information consult the Collaborative for Educator Preparation website.

Under certain conditions, a school district may hire a qualified individual to teach if he or she holds a bachelor’s degree in the subject area to be taught, from a regionally accredited institution.  This individual must be accepted into and complete an approved licensure-only program at an area college or university within a specified period of time.  In some circumstances an individual’s employment as a full-time teacher may meet the requirements for student teaching.  However, student teaching is not automatically waived without proper documentation.

Additional Resources:

“A Licensure” Requirements for English– Checklist

For more information, visit the Alternative Licensure page.