The Licensure Only pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and want to complete coursework before they obtain a teaching job.
The Individual Lateral Entry pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and are currently employed as a teacher of record in a public school or public charter school in North Carolina.
The NCTeach pathway is a fast-track option for lateral entry teachers currently teaching in North Carolina to clear their provisional license. NCTeach operates in a cohort model and is offered 100% online.
Lateral Entry Teachers are individuals employed as a teacher of record in a North Carolina school system that hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the subject area they are employed to teach.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a one-year (four-semester) program allowing individuals to earn a Master’s degree and teaching license in one of 13 different areas of concentration.
Office of Alternative Licensure
The Individual Lateral Entry pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and are currently employed as teacher of record in a public school or public charter school in North Carolina. In this option, the teaching job is your experience and there is no internship requirement.
The Lateral Entry programs will vary by content area. The length of the program will depend on your background in the content area and how many courses you are willing to take each semester. However, all coursework and licensure requirements MUST be completed by the end of your third year of teaching. Lateral Entry Teachers are responsible for securing their own teaching position and will be teaching while they complete their licensure coursework. Failure to maintain employment in the licensure area will result in re-classification as a Licensure Only student and will result in additional coursework. Students must take classes each semester in order to maintain eligibility to register. Should you skip a semester, you will be required to be re-admitted to the university.
The areas listed are the most feasible to complete through the Individual Lateral Entry Pathway. Other areas may be options depending on your undergraduate degree and licensure area of interest.
To help you through the program, from the application process to final licensure, use the Lateral Entry Step-by-Step Guide.