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Relevant Majors

Each degree requires a minimum of 24 semester hours in the major to be considered a relevant degree (If you have a degree that is not listed below and have 24 semester hours in one of the licensure areas, then you may qualify for a Lateral Entry license).

Click on a licensure area below for a list of applicable or relevant majors as provided by the NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section.

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Science
  • Soil Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Extension Service Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Art Education
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood
  • Psychology

Teaching kindergarten requires passing the Praxis II prior to teaching.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Sports Management
  • Dance

You must pass the NC State Board of Education required test for Elementary Education prior to teaching.

  • Writing (indicate specialty)
  • English
  • English Education
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • FACS
  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Child Development
  • Textiles
  • Culinary Arts

Modern Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German

Ancient Language

  • Latin
  • Health
  • Health Education
  • Health
  • Health Education
  • PE
  • Exercise Science

Effective 7-1-11: Due to the dual licensure of this area, individuals must have 15 semester hours in PE and 9 semester hours in Health Education for a total of 24 hours of relevant course work.

  • Math
  • Math Education
  • Writing (indicate specialty)
  • English
  • English Education
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Math
  • Math Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Astronomy
  • Science
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Education
  • Business and Marketing
  • Music
  • Chorus
  • Band
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music Education
  • Piano
  • Opera
  • PE
  • Exercise Science

Added as a provisional license to a clear license in one of the following:

  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (area 710 only)

Counseling applicants must hold a master’s in one of the following areas:

  • Community Counseling
  • Agency Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

A degree in Social Work is required.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Astronomy
  • Science
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Law

You must pass the NC State Board of Education required test for Special Education: General Curriculum prior to teaching.

You must pass the NC State Board of Education required test for Special Education: Adapted Curriculum prior to teaching.

  • Architecture
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Industrial Design
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation Science
  • Industrial Arts
  • Trade & Industrial Education
  • Animation & Visualization
  • Computer Programming
  • Game Design & Development
  • Computer Science
  • Science
  • Drama
  • Theatre