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 Praxis II testing requirements for the license area.
3) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or have passed the Praxis I exams and have attained one of the following:
a) GPA of at least 3.0 on all work completed in the senior year;
b) GPA of at least 3.0 in the major; or
c) GPA of at least 3.0 in a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work completed within the last 5 years.
Effective July 1,2006, to be issued a lateral entry license to teach at the elementary grades level, an individual must have satisfied Praxis II testing requirements for elementary education.
A person who holds a lateral entry license shall complete a program that includes the following components:
1) completion of an approved education program in the area of licensure at a college or university or teacher education consortium which has evaluated the person's transcripts and outlined required course work or completion of a program of study outlined by the Regional Alternative Licensing Centers;
2) attaining passing score on appropriate PRAXIS subject exam(s) during the first two 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) completion of six semester hours of course work in the approved program each school year;
5) successful completion of at least a three-year initial licensure program in the lateral entry license area;
6) completion of all above requirements within 5 years of becoming eligible for a lateral entry license and recommendation of the college/university for clear licensure. Effective July 1, 2003, requirements to be fully licensed must be completed within 3 years.
The employing school system shall formally commit to supporting the lateral entry teacher by:
1) providing a two-week orientation that includes lesson planning, classroom organization, classroom management, and an overview of the ABCs Program including the standard course of study and end-of-grade and end-of-course testing;
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.
A lateral entry license entitles the holder to be employed by and serve as a teacher in North Carolina schools. Lateral entry licenses are authorized on a provisional basis in major areas of academic study for which the state has established licensure.
This data was provided by:
Public Schools of North Carolina