Lateral Entry Teaching

Early Childhood Education

Lateral entry is an alternative route to teaching that allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching immediately, while earning a license. 

Who typically becomes a Lateral Entry Teacher?
Lateral entry teachers come from a wide variety of fields. Lateral entry can be the ideal route for someone who has practical experience in a field and wants to share those skills and experiences by becoming a teacher.

What does Sandhills Community College offer?
Sandhills Community College is approved to offer several of the core courses needed to complete the Plan of Study. These are Human Growth and Development, Learning Theory, and Educational Technology. Some of the major concentration subjects may also be taken at the community college. Most subject area content courses and methods courses must be taken at colleges and universities with approved teacher education programs.

What are the steps for becoming a Lateral Entry Teacher?

  1. The individual must qualify by having a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and an overall grade point average of 2.5.
  2. The individual must be hired by a school system which recommends the individual to the NC Department of Public Instruction for a lateral entry license.
  3. The individual’s transcripts are sent to a designated NC Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC) or a college/university with an approved teacher education program.
  4. The individual is prescribed a plan of study by the RALC or college/university. A minimum of six hours per year from the plan of study must be taken until the plan is complete. All course work and the PRAXIS II exam for the licensure area must be completed within 3 years.
  5. After completion of the required coursework and testing, the college/university or the RALC will recommend the individual for a standard Professional 1 license.

When are classes held?
The course times are very convenient.  Classes are held one evening per week during the fall and spring semesters. Additional courses are offered during the summer semester during both day and evenings. Some courses are offered in a hybrid, on-line or compressed session format.

How can candidates begin the process?
Contact the Human Resources Department of your local school district to find out how to get started. You may also contact the Lateral Entry Coordinator at Sandhills Community College concerning courses that may be offered through this program.

Contact Information
For more information about the Sandhills Community College Lateral Entry Program please contact our
Lateral Entry Program Coordinator at (910) 246-5364 or (910) 638-8358.


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