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ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program.

Lateral Entry

Lateral Entry Teachers are individuals employed 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.

Lateral Entry Teachers are responsible for securing their own teaching position and will be teaching while they complete their licensure coursework. Failure to secure a teaching position will result in re-classification as Licensure only and may require additional coursework.

Qualifications for Lateral Entry in North Carolina

NC TEACH (Lateral Entry 1 Year Program)

The NC TEACH cohort program typically takes a Lateral Entry Teacher one year to complete but may vary by content area and previously completed coursework
NC TEACH Blended Cohort
Face-to-Face (F2F) & Distance Education (DE)

Target Population:
Special Education ONLY






Program:

  • 2-week Summer Institute (daily 8:30-4:30) F2F
  • 5-6 courses required taking as specified by the cohort.
  • PRAXIS II subject area test(s)
  • One successful full-year of teaching
  • Additional coursework as outlined on plan of study (varied per licensure area)

This program is intensive during the school year and summer with approximately 15-20 hrs/week of coursework.


Locations:

  • ECU or Johnston County

NC TEACH Online Cohort 
Distance Education (DE)

Target Population:

Elementary Education and Birth-Kindergarten teachers are not eligible to pursue licensure through NC TEACH and must request individual lateral entry plans; however, all other licensure areas are eligible to apply.  To qualify for NC TEACH, applicants must currently be employed as a lateral entry teacher in a public or approved charter school.


Program:

  • 5-6 courses required taking as specified by the cohort.
  • PRAXIS II subject area test(s)
  • One successful full-year of teaching
  • Additional coursework as outlined on plan of study (varied per licensure area)

This program is intensive during the school year and summer with approximately 15-20 hrs/week of coursework.


Location:

Entirely online


  • Requirements typically completed in 1 year
  • Cohort support and systematic course of study
  • Enter the classroom immediately
  • No internship requirement (time and financial savings)
  • Total program cost between $2,000-3,000 (approximate figure for entire year)
  • Financial aid available for F2F summer institute
  • Flexible course offerings to include distance education
  • Previous education courses may count toward your licensure requirements

Art K-12*

French K-12*

Dance K-12*

English 9-12*

Family and Consumer Sciences 7-12*

Math 9-12*

German K-12*

Health K-12*

Special Education - General or Adapted

Science 9-12*

Middle Grades:
Lang Arts*, Math*, Science* or Social Studies*

Music K-12*

Physical Education K-12*

Theater K-12*

Social Studies 9-12*

Spanish K-12*

*Available areas of NC TEACH online cohort

Clay Smith

Coordinator of ALEC
College of Education
116 Speight Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252-737-4163
smithclay@ecu.edu