Lateral Entry Provisional Educator License (Alternative Route) (NC)

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Lateral Entry Provisional Educator License (Alternative Route) (NC)

Description
Lateral entry is an “alternate” route to teaching for qualified individuals outside of the public education system. Lateral entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a professional educator’s license as they teach.
License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Required

State Information
State: North Carolina
Contact Name: Licensure Section
Contact Phone: 800-577-7994 within NC / 919-807-3310 outside NC
Contact Email: asklicensure@dpi.nc.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/lateral/

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program

GPA: 2.5

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required.

Notes
2.5 GPA OR 5 years of experience considered relevant by the employing LEA OR Basic Skills exam(s).

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Course needed: Major in Content Language or 24 hours or Praxis II exam to meet federal requirements for “Highly Qualified”.
Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
All Middle Grades, Secondary Grades, and K-12 initial SP1 licensure applicants are required to:

1) Take the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area at least once during the first year of teaching

2) Pass the SBE approved licensure exam(s) for each initial licensure area in order to convert the initial SP1 to the SP2 license.

No Pedagogy exam required.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: School District

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of Tuberculosis Test Report: Submission of NC Health Examination Certificate upon employment.

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=north-carolina

Background Check
Required
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable
When the individual completes the required coursework prescribed by the college, university or RALC and satisfies professional educator’s licensure testing requirements, he/she is recommended for professional educator’s licensure by the institution or RALC. This recommendation is sent to the NC Department of Public Instruction where it is evaluated and if the individual has met all their requirements, they are issued a Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator’s License.

Notes:
School district form

Mailing Address:
NC Department of Public Instruction
Licensure Section
6365 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-6365

NC does not require applicants to submit a fingerprint clearance to obtain their teaching license. However, individual school districts may require a state and federal background check as part of their hiring process. Contact your local school district for additional information.

For degrees earned abroad, the transcripts must be translated into English by an evaluating agency. NC DPI will not accept translations done by the applicant. There are many evaluating agencies. One example is International Education Evaluations.
When the individual completes the required coursework prescribed by the college, university or RALC and satisfies professional educator’s licensure testing requirements, he/she is recommended for professional educator’s licensure by the institution or RALC. This recommendation is sent to the NC Department of Public Instruction where it is evaluated and if the individual has met all their requirements, they are issued a Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator’s License.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
LATERAL ENTRY STEPS
Step 1: Qualify
The individual must first qualify as a lateral entry teacher to be able to seek a position with a school system. See “NC Lateral Entry” Attachment.

Step 2: Employment
The individual is hired by a school system, which recommends the individual to the NC Department of Public Instruction for a lateral entry professional educator’s license. The individual is issued a three year lateral entry provisional professional educator’s license.

Step 3: Plan of Study
Upon being issued the initial provisional lateral entry professional educator’s license, the individual affiliates with a college or university with an approved teacher education program in the license area, or with one of the Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) in North Carolina. An individual plan of study is prescribed for the lateral entry teacher. Go to: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/lateral/ralc/

Step 4: Coursework and Testing
The individual follows their plan of study prescribed by the college or university or the RALC. A minimum of six semester hours per year from the plan of study must be taken until the plan has been completed. All coursework and the Praxis II Testing for their licensure area must be completed within three years.

Step 5: Recommendation for Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator’s License
When the individual completes the required coursework prescribed by the college, university or RALC and satisfies professional educator’s licensure testing requirements, he/she is recommended for professional educator’s licensure by the institution or RALC. This recommendation is sent to the NC Department of Public Instruction where it is evaluated and if the individual has met all their requirements, they are issued a Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator’s License.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:43:25 PM


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