19NC Governor Roy Cooper once stated, “North Carolina is committed to living up to our responsibility to deliver a quality education to every student in every county.” (NC Gov, 2020).
To help fulfill Governor Cooper’s vision, Fayetteville Technical Community College has joined other community colleges around the state to recruit and prepare highly qualified teachers in every county in North Carolina.
FTCC is thrilled to offer a Residency Licensure Certificate Program. The Residency Licensure Certificate program is designed for college graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field and desire to become an elementary education teacher.
The RLCP takes about three years to complete. The program includes 6 courses and 18 hours of study. Learners complete one course per semester while teaching full-time in the classroom. FTCC is currently serving teachers in Cumberland and Wake Counties.
Coursework includes classes in learning theory, instructional/educational technology, diverse learners, school policies and procedures, expectations and responsibilities of educators, teaching strategies/methods for specific content/specialty areas, formative/summative assessment, data-informed practice, and classroom organization/management to enhance learning. These classes, in combination with hands-on experience in the classroom, will provide students with the foundation they need to become successful professional educators.
Through the support of TeachNC, FTCC recently awarded over $17,000 in scholarships to 8 teachers currently teaching in elementary schools.
For admission into the program, the candidate must:
• be a U.S. citizen, or eligible for employment,
• have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 GPA or higher,
• have completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the North Carolina State Board of Education required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area,
• provide a letter of employment or promised placement.
“I am thankful for the support of the (Residency Licensure) teacher program at FTCC because it has allowed me to have a virtual but hands-on experience with our advisor who has weekly check-ins and meetings to review information and encourages us toward our licensure goal,” said Kendall Carter, current student and teacher for Cumberland County Schools.
The key to the future economic and overall success of North Carolina lies in recruiting and retaining quality teachers to cultivate the next generation of North Carolinians. As a teacher, you will make more than a living. You will make a difference.
Are you ready to learn more? Please contact program director Heather Craven in the Education Department at cravenh@faytechcc.edu or call 910-678-9790 for more information.
The Education Department’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located at Cumberland Hall 302, 2125 Hull Rd.

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