Elementary Education Residency Licensure Certificate (C55490)

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Pitt Community College has joined the Cultivating Carolina Classrooms initiative and is now an NCDPI-approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

Program Overview

The state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) collaborated with the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) to develop the Cultivating Carolina Classrooms program to provide a streamlined opportunity in the community college that simplifies, aligns, and accelerates the pathway to elementary education licensure for people who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have obtained a position with a school system. 

Pitt Community College has joined the Cultivating Carolina Classrooms initiative and is now an NCDPI-approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that offers the following, beginning the Fall 2024 semester: 

  • Fully online coursework
  • One-on-one mentoring and coaching with experienced K-6 educators
  • Fall and Spring enrollment options
  • Support for the Praxis and edTPA
  • Affordable program cost
  • Little to no cost for textbooks
  • Smaller class sizes
  • One-on-one mentoring and coaching
  • Support throughout the duration of residency licensure
  • Experienced instructors

To be eligible for this program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Employed or under contract for employment with a local public school system
  • Bachelor’s degree (degree must meet the 24 hrs of gen ed required by NCDPI)
  • 2.7 GPA

All interested applicants should complete the Alternative NC Teaching Licensure: NCCS Cultivating Carolina Classrooms- NCCCS Residency Licensure Program Application online through CFNC (College Foundation of North Carolina) to apply. *Please note: Applications are completed through CFNC, not on the PCC website.

***At the start of the application, you must complete the “Residency Determination” form using your social security card and driver’s license. In addition to the application, students must provide: 

  • Unofficial transcripts for admission purposes
  • Official transcripts once admitted to the program
  • A letter of employment or promised placement from the local school

Applicant Steps: 

  1. Create a CFNC account to access the application link (required by the system)
  2. Click “Apply to College”
  3. Click “Application Hub”
  4. Click “Start an application”
  5. Select “Alternative NC Teaching Licensure: NCCCS Cultivating Carolina Classrooms.”
  6. When you arrive at the field for the “Educator Prep Program,” you will be asked to select your top three community college options. Please select “Pitt Community College” as your first option.
  7. Submit your application

Once the application is submitted, the applicant will be contacted by the NCCCS EPP Program Coordinator to determine eligibility and college placement of the applicant. The application will then be forwarded to PCC for admission to the Residency Licensure Certificate program. The applicant will be officially enrolled in the Pitt Residency Licensure Program once an official transcript(s) is received and reviewed by the EPP contact at PCC. 

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Beginning Fall 2024, PCC offers six courses, focused on the pedagogy of teaching and preparation for licensure and certification. The program will meet the individual needs of each student while working in cohorts with other teachers in the same residency program. Students are mentored and supported by experienced faculty who are licensed teachers and have years of experience teaching in the elementary school environment.

Course Sequence (16-week courses)

Year 1 Fall

EDU 270 Effective Instructional Environment (2 credits)
EDU 272 Technology, Data, and Assessment (3 credits)

Year 1 Spring

EDU 279 Literacy Development and Instruction (4 credits)

Year 2 Fall

EDU 277 Integrated Curriculum and Instructional Strategies: Math/Science (3 credits)
EDU 278 Integrated Curriculum and Instructional Strategies: Social Studies/ELA (3 credits)

Year 2 Spring

EDU 283 Educator Preparation Practicum (3 credits)

*Continuous start dates in Fall and Spring
*Courses require 2 observations by the EPP director and/or assigned coach except for EDU 270
*These courses will be held at Pitt Community College in a hybrid model: mostly online with a few face-to-face meetings per course

To complete the program and be recommended for licensure, students must complete the following in their three years of residency licensure:

  • Six courses (18 credit hours) with a grade “C” or better
  • Required testing stated by the Department of Instruction with minimum passing scores:
    Praxis Math: 150
    Pearson Reading: 229
    EdTPA: Passing scores all three components: edTPA PA 13: 34, edTPA PA 15: 40, edTPA 18: 48

The cost of the program is approximately $2000.   

TeachNC, in partnership with North Carolina’s Governor’s Office, NC DPI (Department of Public Instruction), and Study.com, is excited to offer up to $500 in exam support so that you feel equipped and ready to take your next step to licensure! Get up to $500 to prep and pay for your exams. There is no catch but hurry up before funds run out. Get started at ontch.org/NCTestPrepEPP. 

Melissa Rees
Department Chair, Early Childhood
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Stacy Edmondson
Instructor, Education & Child Development
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