Lateral Entry

The State Board of Education is phasing out the “Lateral Entry Pathway”. This pathway will no longer be offered effective June 30, 2019. The entire lateral entry route will formally close and all candidates employed under this license option must have all requirements satisfied as of June 20, 2022.

Lateral Entry teachers can take classes through UNC Asheville’s distance education program. Lateral Entry courses fulfill requirements for regular classroom teachers and exceptional children teachers who are hired as lateral entry teachers in the state of North Carolina.  Courses last four weeks (summer) to eight weeks (each semester) and meet specific competencies outlined by the Regional Alternative Licensing Center. Teachers who sign up for these courses must have a Plan of Study from the Regional Alternative Licensing Center. They must also fill out application forms.

Please note that all of the classes are offered online through Moodle. There are two courses that meet 4 times via teleconference, in addition to the online coursework, and that is noted under Current Classes.

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