NC TEACH Lateral Entry Program

North Carolina Teachers of Excellence for All CHildren (NC TEACH) is designed to recruit, train, support, and retain mid-career professionals as they become licensed teachers in North Carolina. This program is for professionals who have non-education degrees and would like to earn their teaching license.


What licensure areas does NC TEACH offer?

Technology, Engineering, and Design Education
Language Arts (6-9)
English (9-12)
Social Studies (6-9 and 9-12)
Math (6-9 and 9-12)
Science (6-9 and 9-12)  
Spanish (K-12)
French (K-12)
Chinese (K-12)


Am I Eligible for NC TEACH?

To be initially eligible for a Provisional License and for NC TEACH, a candidate must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution of Higher Education.

  • a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for a Lateral Entry license in North Carolina (and a 2.75 for competitive admission into NC State's College of Education). 

  • one of the following to meet the initial eligibility "content" criteria: 

    1) possess a "relevant" degree in subject area or
    2) 24 hours in subject area (please see the
    Eligibility page for more information regarding the relevant degree) or
    3) have passing Praxis II scores on the appropirate exams 

NOTE: These are requirements for initial eligibility and to quality for a Provisional License.  In order to obtain full licensure, candidates must have 24 hours in addition to the Praxis II before applying for licensure. 


Approximate Cost:

  • Total program (Residents) 2013-2014: $3,924 (for all 18 hours of NC TEACH coursework)

  • This does not include the Praxis II Exam or additional content courses, if they are needed

  • Students enroll in 6 NC TEACH hours per semester

  • See NC State's Distance Education Tuition rates page for more information:


Quick Facts

  • Face-to-face instruction at host site location

  • Classes meet at night (6:30-9:30) and on Saturdays (one Saturday a month) 

  • Classes are half the cost of traditional courses because Distance Education rates apply

  • Part-time program that consists of 6 education classes which are completed in 3 semesters

  • 2 start options:


    • Spring Start (3 semesters are Spring, Fall, Spring)


    • Summer Start (3 semesters are Summer I & II, Fall, Spring)

    • Please note there is NO Fall Start


  • Students do not need to have a teaching job to be eligible for NC TEACH at NCSU. (But you will need one year of successful teaching or a semester of student teaching* to be eligible for a North Carolina Teaching License).



How does the NC TEACH program work?

  • First, students will apply to NC TEACH at NC State. See Apply NC TEACH (fill out the online form AND submit the supplemental materials for it to be complete).

  • Once accepted, students are issued a Plan of Study that includes their required program of work: education classes, content (if needed), Praxis II exam. Students will also attend a mandatory Orientation.

  • Students will register for courses

    • 4 of the 6 education classes are held at Athens Drive High School at night 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    • The remaining 2 courses are held over a series of 10 Saturdays

  • NC TEACH is based on a "cohort” model.  Students take the courses in succession with the same group of NC TEACH students. 


ECI Coursework: 18 hours over 3 semesters 

Semester I (Summer start or Spring Start - there is no Fall Start)
1. ECI 471 (Spring): Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory: Topics related to human
psychological development. Cognitive, social, physical changes, and their interaction among adolescence.
2. ECI 472 (Spring): Interaction of Classroom Management and Instruction : Topics related to teaching in the content area and classroom management. Lesson planning, principles applied to education, measurement and evaluation procedures, behavior therapy, and student motivation.

Semester II (Fall)
3. ECI 473: Subject‐Specific Methods: Topics related to cultural factors and how they affect teachers and students in the classroom. Instructional techniques and the development of instructional plans that enhance schooling experiences of culturally diverse students.  The DPI Evidence in this course will be the Unit Plan.   
4. ECI 474: Curriculum and Instruction Practices I: Topics related to essential skills and concepts needed by beginning teachers. The class focuses on questioning, test preparation, discussion skills, familiarity with national standards, multiple teaching strategies, and assessment and evaluation of students. 

Semester III (Spring)
5. ECI 475: Peer Mentoring in Alternative Licensure: Topics related to observing and evaluating fellow teachers in relation to the national state teaching competencies. Lessons in advanced topics such as Special Education, ESL, and Assessment.  Projects include a Peer Pedagogy Project.  The DPI Evidence in this course will be an Assessment Analysis (which will be a follow‐up to the Unit Plan).  Presentations will be shared and discussed with fellow teachers.
6. ECI 476: Curriculum and Instruction Practices II: Topics related to inquiry, activity based instruction, and constructivist principles. Analysis of principles, strategies and application of new teaching approaches


Financial Aid: 

A frequently asked question is whether NC TEACHers qualify for Financial Aid since they will have Non-degree Studies status (and NDS students do not qualify).  Yes, NC TEACHers accepted in the program qualify:

NC TEACHers will be enrolled as an Non-degree Studies students.  However, NC TEACHers are eligible for Direct Loan assistance and Distance Education need-based scholarships because they are pursuing Teacher Licensure which is an exception.  Upon acceptance into the program, NC TEACHers receive a Plan of Study (a Plan of Work) that can be shared with the Financial Aid office.  It includes your required coursework necessary for Teacher Licensure.  Please contact the Financial Aid office and visit their website for more information:  The NC TEACH staff is not equipt to answer questions about financial aid and will recommend that you consult with an FA advisor.  If you are considering applying for NC TEACH, do not wait to fill out the FAFSA:


*Student Teaching and NC TEACHers:

Student Teaching in NC TEACH is an additional semester and an additional cost.  NC TEACHers must apply and interview with College of Education faculty before they are permitted the opportunity to student teach.  This is a highly selective opportunity as a path toward licensure.  There are limited student teaching placements for NC TEACHers. 



Please email Program Director Alison Winzeler at
The NC TEACH office is located on Centennial Campus.  Please make an appointment regarding individual advising questions.






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