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NC Teach English (9-12)

NC TEACH helps professionals clear their Residency License. All candidates must be teaching before starting the program.

NC TEACH classes are online and one Saturday per month. The affordable program is part-time and consists of 6 education classes or 18 credits completed in 3 semesters that can be started in either Spring or Summer.


In order to be eligible to teach English (9-12) or Language Arts (6-9) on a Residency License and be eligible for NC TEACH, you will need:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited
    college or university with at least a 2.70 minimum GPA
  2. At least 24 hours in English, Literature, Writing, Composition, Language, Grammar, or Rhetoric (see bottom of page for a note regarding non-relevant courses)
  3. One of the following to meet the initial eligibility “content” criteria:
    1. A “relevant” degree in subject area, or
    2. 24 hours in subject area, or
    3. Passing Praxis II scores on the appropriate exams

NOTE: These are requirements for initial eligibility and to quality for a Residency License. In order to obtain full licensure, candidates must have 24 hours in addition to the Praxis II before applying for licensure.

Specialty Requirements

The following breakdown of English courses is required when NC TEACHers apply for full licensure at the end of the program:

  • 3 courses in Composition, Writing, or Grammar
  • 3 courses in literature
  • 1 course in the literature of a specific Author, or Genre
  • 1 course of an additional English elective

If you do not have these courses completed when entering NC TEACH, you can plan to take these content courses during the NC TEACH program. You must have a “C” or higher in the course. “C-” is not accepted.

Non Relevant Courses

Courses from these departments do not count toward the content course work for an English (9-12) or Language Arts (6-9) license:

  • Journalism
  • Drama
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Public Speaking

Core Coursework

Semester I (Summer start or Spring start ONLY – there is no Fall Start)

  • ECI 471 (Spring): Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory
  • ECI 472 (Spring): Interaction of Classroom Management and Instruction

Semester II (Fall)

  • ECI 473: Subject-Specific Methods
  • ECI 474: Curriculum and Instruction Practices I

Semester III (Spring)

  • ECI 475: Peer Mentoring in Alternative Licensure
  • ECI 476: Curriculum and Instruction Practices II

For more details on core coursework please see Curriculum.

Praxis II

All candidates must pass the Praxis II before applying for full licensure. This exam can be taken while enrolled in NC TEACH.

Please prepare to take the correct exam for your licensure area. For information on which Praxis test to take, please review the NC State Praxis II North Carolina Licensure Exam Requirements (Download PDF).