Lateral Entry Teachers
Policy 1.70 Initial Lateral Entry License
An individual who has not completed an approved teacher education program may be licensed under the following lateral entry provisions:
1. Be selected for employment by a North Carolina school system;
2. Hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the subject area in which they are employed to teach or hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have satisfied the NC State Board of Education (NCSBE) approved testing requirements for the license area and meet the requirements to be designated "highly qualified." To be designated "highly qualified," elementary and exceptional children's teachers must pass the NCSBE approved exam(s). To be "highly qualified," middle school, high school, and special subject area teachers (e.g.,art, music, second languages) must hold a bachelor's or master's degree in the specific area, or have 24 semester hours in the area, or pass the NCSBE approved exam(s) in the area.
3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or have five years of experience considered relevant by the LEA, or have passed the Praxis I NCSBE approved exam(s) and have attained one of the following:
a) a GPA of at least 3.0 on all work completed in the senior year;
b) a GPA of t least 3.0 in the major; or
c) a GPA of at least 3.0 in a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work completed after the bachelor's degree was earned and within the last 5 years.
A person who holds a lateral entry license shall complete a program that includes the following components:
1. completion of an approved teacher education program in the area of licensure at a college or university or completions of a program of study outlined by the Regional Alternative Licensing Centers:
Prescribed academic content coursework that is available through community colleges may be used to satisfy licensure requirements. General pedagogy competencies can be satisfied as follows:
|General Pedagogy Competencies||Completed Through|
|Educational/Instructional Technology||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College or Local Education Agency (if employed)|
|Understanding the Learner: Human Growth and Development||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College|
|Learning Theory; Learning Styles;Motivation; How Children/Adolescents Learn||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College|
|Meeting Special Learning Needs; Exceptionalities; Diversity||Approved Teacher Education Program|
|Literacy/Reading Methods||Approved Teacher Education Program|
|Instructional Methods||Approved Teacher Education Program|
|School Policies/Procedures||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College or Local Education Agency (if employed)|
|Home/School/Community Collaborations||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College or Local Education Agency (if employed)|
|Classroom Management/Organizing the Classroom to Maximize Learning||Approved Teacher Education Program or Community College or Local Education Agency (if employed)|
2. attaining passing score on the NCSBE approved subject exam(s) during the first three school years of holding the lateral entry license if the exam(s) was/were not the basis of qualifying for the license;
3. completion of a staff development program that includes a two-week training course prior to beginning the work assignment;
4. successful completion of a three-year beginning teacher support program;
5. completion of all above requirements within 3 years of becoming eligible for a lateral entry license and recommendation of the IHE or RALC for clear licensure.
Individuals who possess five or more years of experience considered relevant by the LEA and satisfy NCSBE approved testing requirements for the licensure area(s) withing the first year of teaching shall be issued an Initial license upon:
a. Completion of the NC TEACH modules or the equivalent through an approved teacher education program:1)The Teacher, The Learner, and The School; 2) Diversity; 3) Content Area Pedagogy. ( Note: The NC TEACH modules are offered and administered through NC colleges and universities with approved teacher education programs. AND
b. Completion of the NC TEACH module on Instructional Technology or the equivalent through an approved teacher education program, community college or through professional development offered by the LEA; AND
c. Completion of one year of teaching as verified by the employing LEA.
The employing school system shall formally commit to supporting the lateral entry teacher by:
1. providing a two-week orientation that includes:
a. lesson planning,
b. classroom organization,
c. classroom management, including positive management of student behavior, effective communication for defusing and deescalating disruptive or dangerous behavior, and safe and appropriate use of seclusion and restraint,
d. an overview of the ABCs Program including the standard course of stud;y and end-of grade and end-of-course testing, and
e. the identification and education of children with disabilities.
2. assignment of a mentor on or before the first day on the job;
3. providing working conditions that are appropriate for all novice teachers;
4. giving regular focused feedback to the teacher for improving instruction; and
5. assisting the individual in accessing prescribed course work and professional development opportunities;
6. providing all other supports included in the LEA's Beginning Teacher Support Program.
Individuals who do not fulfill the requirements of their lateral entry license withing the three years they are initially given may be issued another lateral entry license provided:
1. they have passed the required NCSBE approved exam(s) for the specialty area(s) in which they license will be issued and
2. at least six years have elapsed since the prior lateral entry license was issued.
Email a copy of your official, degree-dated transcript to:
Thomasville City Schools (TCS)
ATTN: Kelli Dalton
400 Turner Street
Thomasville, North Carolina 27360
ATTN: Kelli Dalton
400 Turner Street
Thomasville, North Carolina 27360
If your qualifications meet our needs, you will be contacted for a screening interview.
If you become employed by TCS, the district will help you apply for your NC Teaching License.
- You will need to associate with a College or University with an approved Teacher Education Program in your area of license or work with the Human Resources Office to apply with the Regional Licensing Center.
- You will be responsible for completing a minimum of 6 semester hours of coursework each year for a maximum of three (3) years.
- Take and pass the Praxis II exam within the prescribed timeline given by DPI.
If you have additional questions that cannot be answered with this information, please contact us at (336) 474-4227
Sample Relevant Majors for Lateral Entry
- For Lateral Entry into Art Education (K-12) Art History, Fine Arts, Applied Arts
- For Lateral Entry into Business Education: Business Administration, Secretarial Science
- For Lateral Entry into Elementary Education (K-6): Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology, Child and Family Studies
- For Lateral Entry into English as a Second Language (K-12): Spanish, English, French, German, (typically any Foreign Language would be accepted)
- For Lateral Entry into Family & Consumer Sciences*: Home Economics, Child Development, Child & Family Studies, Culinary Arts, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Interior Design, Foods and Nutrition
- For Lateral Entry into French (K-12): French
- For Lateral Entry into Health Education (K-12): Health, Public Health, Health Promotion
- For Lateral Entry into Health Occupations*: Nursing, Medical Technology
- For Lateral Entry into Marketing Education*: Business and Marketing, Merchandising
- For Lateral Entry into Music Education: Music Performance, Musicology, Music Industry, Applied Arts (concentration-Music) Voice, Instrumental Music
- For Lateral Entry into Physical Education (K-12): Exercise Science, Sports Administration, Recreation, Sports Management
- For Lateral Entry into Secondary English/Middle Grades Language Arts: English, Literature, Speech, Communications**
- For Lateral Entry into Secondary or Middle Grades Math: Mathematics, Engineering or any type.
- For Lateral Entry into Secondary or Middle Grades Science: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Physical Science, Engineering of any type
- For Lateral Entry into Secondary or Middle Grades Social Studies: Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology
- For Lateral Entry into Spanish (K-12) Spanish
- For Lateral Entry into Special Education Areas (K-12) Psychology, Sociology, Child Development, Social Work, Speech Language Impaired, Counselor
- For Lateral Entry into Theater Arts (K-12) Theater, Drama, Performing Arts
* Note: These are Career/Technical Education Areas, which require previous work experience.** Note: Communications Degrees can often be generic in nature and are typically only accepted for Lateral Entry into Middle Grade Language Arts ONLY.Please note that these are sample relevant majors only. Licensing is determined on an individual basis by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Contact NCDPI at 1-800-577-7994 for additional information.
NC Department of Public Schools - Lateral Entry Information
Pearson Test Information: NC Foundations of Reading/ General Curriculum