CCTI is an NCDPI approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) for those who would like to earn their license through the Residency Pathway. CCTI is available for teachers who work in a North Carolina Public School. Participants complete all program requirements while teaching full-time in their districts. CCTI was initiated in 2016 by the Superintendents of the Central Carolina Regional Service Alliance (CCRESA).
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The Central Carolina Teaching Initiative (CCTI) is an accelerated alternative teacher licensure program. The CCTI offers recent college graduates and mid-career professionals who hold bachelor’s degrees in non-teaching areas the opportunity to become fully licensed teachers.
CCTI is available to residency teachers who work in participating Central North Carolina school districts. Participants complete all program requirements while teaching full-time in their districts.
CCTI participants will meet for face-to-face classes or they have the option to join synchronous/asynchronous online distance learning classes.
Who is eligible to participate?
- The participant must be a first or second year residency teacher.
- The program accepts participants who have earned Bachelor’s degrees from a Regionally Accredited College or University with a minimum GPA of 2.7.
This program is designed for teachers seeking licensure in all middle and high school areas, including:
- Social Studies
- English Language Arts
- World Languages
The CCTI program is also suited for teachers seeking K-12 licensure in the following content areas:
- English as a Second Language
- Fine/Performing Arts
- Foreign Languages
- Physical Education
- Special Education: General Curriculum
Do you hold information sessions?
Yes! Please click here to see upcoming sessions.
How long does it take to complete the CCTI program?
The participants will be able to complete all CCTI program requirements in less than 3 semesters.
When can a residency teacher apply for licensure?
After the participant successfully completes: 1) the CCTI coursework, 2) one year of coaching support, 3) all required state licensure assessments, and 4) other district requirements of beginning teachers, the residency license can be converted to an Initial Professional License. CCTI has partnered with TeachNC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting future teachers like you as they seek licensure as a North Carolina educator.
What sets the CCTI program apart from other alternative licensure programs?
The CCTI program is based on three pillars of learning to best prepare residency teachers for successful careers in education. First, our coursework provides teachers with practical applications that they can immediately implement in their classrooms. Second, the program operates on a cohort model to strengthen peer learning, collaboration, and community. Lastly, CCTI teachers work with an instructional coach to support all professional learning experiences.
What is the total cost of the CCTI Program?
The total cost is $4,750. Some districts will give participants the option to pay tuition fees directly to CCTI through payroll deductions, please contact your HR Department to see if this is an option for you. Tuition may also be paid in three installments as you progress through the program. Scholarships may be available through the individual LEA. Tuition payments made are nonrefundable.
Districts may also contact our Program Director, Lisa Sonricker, to schedule a session for their beginning teachers.
For further questions about the CCTI program, please contact our staff:
Ms. Lisa Sonricker, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Dana Stutzman, Office & Communications Manager, email@example.com
Ms. Kathy Saunders, Program Developer & Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org