Residency Licensure

UNC Asheville’s Department of Education is not currently offering a Residency Licensure Program as described by North Carolina.

In the education department, we often get calls and inquiries about a Residency Licensure program. NCDPI describes this pathway as as a route that “allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away as a Resident while obtaining a clear professional educator’s license.” In other words, this is applicable for people who are hired as teachers in school districts across the State without any formal education training, as a replacement for the former Lateral Entry program. Residency candidates, as outlined by the state must have a degree, must have passed all licensure exams, and must be hired by an LEA.


Currently, the UNC Asheville Department of Education is not offering Residency as described by North Carolina. We do have licensure programs in the following areas:
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle Grades (6-9): Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science
  • English (9-12)
  • Latin (9-12)
  • Mathematics (9-12)
  • Science (9-12): Biology, Chemistry, Comprehensive Science, Earth Science, or Physics
  • Social Studies (9-12)
  • Art (K-12)
  • Theatre Arts (K-12)
  • Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12)
Most of our courses are in-person, offered during the day in the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in learning more about programs, please contact or visit our website at