Lateral entry is an alternate route to teaching which 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 Lateral Entry curriculum develops the general competencies required for teaching certification by the NC Department of Public Instruction. Coursework includes human growth and development; learning theory; instructional technology; school policies and procedures; home, school, and community collaborations; and classroom organization and management. Partner institutions offer additional coursework that includes instructional methods, literacy, and diversity. Graduates should meet the general competencies within the first three years of teaching, including a minimum of six semester hours per school year. Additional requirements, such as pre-service training and passing the PRAXIS, are required for licensure.