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 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.
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.
Clay SmithNCTeach Program Directorsmithclay@ecu.edu252-737-4163
Office of Alternative Licensure
109 Speight BuildingCollege of Education
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
The NCTeach pathway is a fast-track option for lateral entry teachers* to clear their provisional license. NCTeach operates in a cohort model and is offered 100% online. NCTeach plans of study consist of 5 courses at distance education tuition rates. With respect to the lateral entry role, 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 their course planner. Continuous enrollment is required for 5 consecutive semesters (beginning in spring, summer I, or fall) as identified on the approved course planner. NCTeach acceptance is a separate process from institutional admission, so please secure NCTeach acceptance prior to applying with ECU Admissions.
*Prospective students who follow a lateral entry pathway at ECU are individuals currently employed as a teacher of record in a NC More at Four Classroom, Public school, or Public Charter school.