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.
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.
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.
Office of Alternative Licensure
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. There is a two semester Internship I and II requirement that must be completed in one of our Latham Clinical Schools Network districts. Licensure Only programs will vary by content area. The length will depend on your background in the content area and how many courses you are willing to take each semester. 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. Many students who select this option may choose to search for available teaching jobs. If obtaining employment as a teacher, our Alternative Licensure Office will work to revise the plan of study to one of our Lateral Entry Options.
To help you through the program, from the application process to final licensure, use the Licensure Only Step-by-Step Guide.
If you are interested in obtaining teaching licensure, there is also a
Master of Arts in Teaching option. The
Master of Arts in Teaching program provides individuals with undergraduate
degrees in particular majors to earn a teaching license and graduate degree
simultaneously. Featuring 14 different concentrations, the MAT program
(with the exception of Special Education) is completed in one year, beginning
in summer 2 semester and finishing at the end of the next summer 1 semester;
includes a full-semester internship; and requires both face-to-face and on-line
Elementary Education Concentration
Sarah Burke is pursuing a Master's of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education. Although she is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, she has called Greenville home for the past five years. Sarah received her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Public History, from ECU. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of the Honors College and worked closely with the College of Education to develop lessons and teaching resources for social studies in grades 3-5. After interning with the education section at the North Carolina Museum of History and working in the public school system, Sarah decided that her life's purpose was to work with children. She is incredibly passionate about literacy instruction and cannot wait to finish her degree and begin inspiring the next generation of readers, writers, and thinkers.