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Lateral Entry Teachers

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career. 

As a Lateral Entry teacher, you are coming to the classroom with many experiences in your content area.  To make the shift to the educational environment can be difficult at times.  Navigating the demands of the classroom as well as any coursework and testing you may be required to complete to gain a clear teaching license while also saving time for family and relaxation is not easy.  However, the Human Resource Department along with your administrators and mentors are here to offer assistance along your path.    

 
Lateral Entry is an "alternate" route to teaching for qualified individuals outside of the public education system. Lateral Entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a professional educator's license as they teach. 
 
 
 

WHAT IS LATERAL ENTRY?

Lateral entry, an alternate route to teaching, allows a school system to hire someone with at least a bachelor's degree as a teacher, with the assumption that over the next three years the person being hired will complete a teacher education program through a college, university, or RALC. Individual plans of study are prescribed for lateral entry teachers who must complete the necessary educational coursework (and other requirements) for a professional educator’s license while teaching.

 

 

 The Licensure Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is pleased to assist candidates for lateral entry with information on how to enter the teaching profession. Lateral entry is an "alternate" route to teaching for qualified individuals outside of the public education system. Lateral entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a professional educator's license as they teach. The NC Dept. of Public Instruction authorizes lateral entry professional educator's licenses on a provisional basis in licensure areas that correspond to the individual's academic study. Visit the NC DPI links below to gather information about this program: 
 
For additional information please visit: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/lateral/
 
Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in North Carolina.
 
  • UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State partner to offer innovative program for lateral entry teachers: 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are launching a joint online program for people who have been hired to teach in North Carolina schools but haven’t yet been fully certified to work in classrooms.

The program is intended to help the state address its widening teacher shortage by providing a new avenue for “lateral entry” teachers to gain licensure. Lateral entry teachers are people who have content knowledge who have been hired to fill teaching vacancies but have yet to obtain teaching licensure. Click this link for more information: http://soe.unc.edu/news

 
  • The University of North Carolina, Wilmington is offering online, self-paced, continuing education courses. Visit their website at: UNCW

 
  • Lateral Entry Courses for new teachers are NOW available!
    Contact Rhonda Steele at McDowell Technical Community College (828)-652-0654 or rhondas@mcdowelltech.edu for more information.
 
 
 
  • The University of North Carolina Asheville offers certification in subjects that range from foreign languages to history. Because of the variety of options, this university is a good choice for teachers who want multiple endorsements. The university also offers programs in two of North Carolina's teacher shortage areas - math and science. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also offers certificates in all three of the state's teacher shortage areas - math, science and special education. These programs can be completed online. At High Point University, teachers can earn an add-on certificate in gifted education. The 12-credit hour program can prepare teachers to develop curriculum for gifted students.

     

    To learn more about courses offered through UNCA, please contact Brook Thompson: 

    bthompso@unca.edu or 828-251-6304.

 
 
 

UNC Asheville Lateral Entry Course Offerings

To Register go to education@unca.edu/lateral-entry.  Registration is now open for both summer and fall.

 

All classes are offered online unless noted otherwise.

 

Summer 2017

Registration ends May 22 for Term I and Term II

 

Term I:  June 6 – July 3

 

Multicultural Diverse Learners - William Overfelt. EDUC373.DW3  CRN: 30110.

Students will need a microphone and webcam or smartphone that will run the VoiceThread app to post video discussions for some modules during VoiceThread activities. Students must use video to receive full credit for the VoiceThread discussions. Voicethread accounts will be provided to students at no cost to the student but students must have technology to create and post videos.

 

Human Growth and Development - Evelyn Chiang. EDUC373.DW1  CRN: 30108.

 

 

Introduction to EC for Lateral Entry Teachers - William Overfelt. EDUC.DW2  CRN: 30109.
    • Students will need a microphone and webcam or smartphone that will run the VoiceThread app to post video discussions for some modules during VoiceThread activities. Students must use video to receive full credit for the VoiceThread discussions. Voicethread accounts will be provided to students at no cost to the student but students must have technology to create and post videos.
       
Teaching Language Arts to Students with Disabilities - Cassandra Jarman. EDUC373.DW4  CRN: 30111.

 

 

Term II: July 5 – August 2

 

Middle School Principles and Practices - Susan Eatmon. EDUC373.DW5   CRN: 30107.

 

Mathematics Methods for EC Teachers - Melonee Purcell.  EDUC373.DW8   CRN: 30114.

 

Reading Diagnosis for EC Teachers - Cassandra Jarman. EDUC373.DW6  CRN: 30112.

 

Classroom Management for EC and Regular Classroom Teachers - Cassandra Jarman.  EDUC 373.DW7  CRN:  30113.

 


 

UNC Asheville Lateral Entry Course Offerings

To Register go to education@unca.edu/lateral-entry

 

All classes are offered online unless noted otherwise.

 

 

Fall 2017

Registration ends August 7 for Term I and Term II

 

Term I: August 21 – October 6

 

Methods and Materials for Lateral Entry Teachers - Margaret Hyatt.  EDUC373.DW2.  CRN: 60610. 

 

Assessment and Appraisal of Exceptional Children - William Overfelt.  EDUC373.DW5.  CRN: 61119.

Students will need a microphone and webcam or smartphone that will run the VoiceThread app to post video discussions for some modules during VoiceThread activities. Students must use video to receive full credit for the VoiceThread discussions. Voicethread accounts will be provided to students at no cost to the student but students must have technology to create and post videos.

 

Term II: October 11 – December 4

 

Learning Theory - Margaret Hyatt. EDUC373.DW4. CRN: 60611.

 

Reading in the Content Areas - April Spencer and Susan Eatmon. EDUC 373.DW3.  CRN: 60612.

Delivery: Online and teleconference    

The teleconference classes will be held 4 times during the term.  During those times, the class will convene 5:30 – 9:00 pm.  Dates will be posted at https://education.unca.edu/current-classes-lateral-entry.

 

Introduction to Exceptional Children for Lateral Entry Teachers - Brian Powchak.  EDUC 373.DW1.  CRN:  61017.

 

 
 
Coursework, testing, and any additional requirements for the licensure area must be completed within three school years.
 
Regardless of their content area, lateral entry candidates who want a helping hand on their journey into the classroom should consider working with one of the state's Regional Alternative Licensing Centers. RALCs don't take the place of an approved college course of study, but, rather, act as a complement by prescribing an individualized course of study, evaluating applications, and providing training opportunities through local school systems.
RALCs are located in Charlotte/Cabarrus, Fayetteville, Nash, and Catawba. There is no fee, and individuals may complete coursework through the regionally accredited college or university of their choice. Check out RALC'S website: http://www.ralc.us/
 
 
Testing requirements:

New testing requirements for all Elementary and Special Education: General Curriculum applicants went into effect October 1, 2014. Specific testing requirements for your licensure area can be found by clicking on one of the links below:

Elementary Education: http://www.nc.nesinc.com/
Special Education: General Curriculum: http://www.nc.nesinc.com/ and http://www.ets.org/praxis/nc
All other Licensure Areas: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nc