As one of several pathways to teacher licensure, the North Carolina Department of Education offers a Residency License. Much like a medical residency, this license allows a bachelor’s degree completer to serve as a paid teacher, with benefits, while completing a post-baccalaureate licensure program at a university. Upon admission, High Point University will provide a letter that can be shared with your employer as proof of affiliation with a university Educator Preparation Program (EPP).  To apply, click here and choose the Licensure Only/Residency option.

HPU Residency Licensure Program 

Teacher Residency Licensure Program Information Session

Access Recording:

Program Qualifications

  • Be employed (or seeking employment) with a NC school district who will request a residency license from the NC Department of Public Instruction on your behalf; AND
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.7 or higher (or are a senior and will hold a bachelor’s degree before teaching); AND
  • Have 24 hours of content coursework in your licensure area OR pass the required content area Praxis exam.

Programs of Study

Both the Adapted Curriculum and Middle/High/Special Subjects Curriculum are programs of study designed to be completed within one year.  All programs start in the summer and conclude at the end of the spring semester.

Adapted Curriculum K-12 Program of Study
SummerFall Spring
RES 2450 Policies and Procedures in Special Education (3)RES 3290 Classroom Management and Behavior Strategies in Special Education (3)EDU 4009 Technology Integration for Special Education K-12 Classrooms (2)
EDU 3100 Students with Disabilities: Characteristics and Service Delivery Models (4)RES 3400 Methods of Teaching Adapted Curriculum K-12 (3)EDU 4002 Investigations in Teacher Performance Assessment Continuation (2)
RES 4801 Residency License Teaching Support I (2)RES 4802 Residency License Teaching Support II (2)
Total Hours= 7Total Hours= 8Total Hours= 6
Secondary/Middle Grades/Special Subjects (Spanish/HPE) K-12 Program of Study
RES 3910 Methods of Instruction (3)RES 3280 Educational Psychology (3)RES 2020 Pedagogy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (3)
EDU 3110 Educational Technology for Teachers (2)EDU 4166 Using Data to Assess Student Impact in K-12 Classrooms (2)EDU 4002- Investigations of Teacher Performance Assessment Continuation (2)
EDU 4280 Discipline and Classroom Management Issues for Middle Grades and Secondary Teachers (2)RES 4801 Residency License Teaching Support I (2)RES 4802 Residency License Teaching Support II (2)
Total Hours= 7Total Hours= 7Total Hours= 7


The estimated program cost for the 2021-2022 academic year is $283 per credit hour, or $5,943, for the entire licensure program.  Candidates are billed each semester for course credits. Candidates should plan for incremental tuition increases each academic year.


Program faculty are certified teachers and school leaders who understand the demands of teaching students in diverse settings.  They are experts in their fields and are dedicated to preparing you to positively impact all students.  To learn more about our faculty and their qualifications, visit our faculty page.