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 NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) only issues lateral entry licenses at the request of the employing school system (i.e., individuals cannot request a lateral entry license on their own). The RALC does not request or issue lateral entry licenses.
Once the lateral entry license is cleared, individuals are eligible to add additional licensure areas based on appropriate testing or 24 semester hours of coursework.