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.
Expired Lateral Entry Licenses
The State Board of Education passed a policy that allows individuals who did not complete the requirements of the lateral entry license to obtain another lateral entry license under certain conditions. The policy reads as follows:
“Individuals who do not fulfill the requirements of their lateral entry license within the three years they are initially given may be issued another lateral entry license provided:
- they have passed the required licensure exam(s) for the specialty area in which the license will be issued and
- at least six years have elapsed since the prior lateral entry license was issued.”
The State Board of Education policy can be found at http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/ Section 1.70 (the last paragraph).