Alternative Certification Requirements
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You must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the area in which you wish to teach (at least 24 semester hours in your core area) from a regionally accredited institution in order to enter the Lateral Entry License program. Additionally, you must have a 2.5 GPA or requisite experience or examination scores that negate this requirement – see below.
If you do not have a 2.5 GPA or five years of experience, you must have a passing score on the Praxis I Basic Skills Exam (or a total score of 1100 on the SAT, or 24 on the ACT with a 3.0 GPA). If you do not have at least 24 semester hours of education in your core area, you must pass the corresponding Praxis II exam for that area. After you complete the program, you must pass the Praxis II exam for your content area before full teacher licensure will occur.
If you do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement or Praxis I/SAT/ACT score, you must have at least five years of relevant experience in the field in which you plan to teach.
Criminal History Background Check
Before a North Carolina school can hire you to work under the Lateral Entry License program, you must undergo a statewide criminal history background check. The employing school will provide you with instruction on this process.
For more information on the Lateral Entry License program in North Carolina, contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section at 919-807-3310 in state and 800-577-7994 out of state.