Qualifying for a Lateral Entry License 

  • Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited College or University and
  • Meet (1) of the criteria from each side below









Relevant Degree 2.5 GPA
- OR - - OR -
24 Semester Hours of coursework in core area Five years of experience considered relevant by the employing LEA
- OR - - OR -
Passing score on the NC State Board of Education approved licensure exams for the teaching area which include…
  • Praxis II – for the majority of license areas effective 07/01/14 
  • Pearson testing - for Elementary Education effective 10/01/2014 
  • Praxis II and Pearson – for Special Ed: General Curriculum effective 10/01/2014 
  • the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) - for World Languages except English
Passing scores on Core Academic Skills for Educators, or a total SAT score of 1100, or a total ACT score of 24 plus one of the following:
  • GPA of 3.0 in the major field of study or
  • GPA of 3.0 in all courses in senior year or
  • GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 15 semester hours of courses completed within the last five years after the bachelor’s degree.


    • Individuals must first be employed by a N.C. public school system that will request the lateral on behalf of the teacher 
    • Upon receipt of a lateral entry license, further requirements will be outlined and must be satisfied within 3 years in order to qualify for a clear, Standard Professional I or II license. If ALL lateral requirements are not satisfied within the 3 years initially granted, then there is an additional 3 year waiting period before another lateral entry license can be issued, provided the SBE approved licensure exam(s) are met. 
    • Qualifying for a lateral entry license in Elementary Education OR Exceptional Children license areas require that the N.C. State Board of Education approved licensure exam(s) be passed prior to employment 
    • Qualifying for a lateral entry license in English as a Second Language requires a degree in English, OR 24 semester hours in English OR Linguistics, OR passing the N.C. State Board of Education approved licensure exam(s) 07-25-2014