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
Am I Eligible for NC TEACH?
To be initially eligible for a Provisional License and for NC TEACH, a candidate must have:
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.
How does the NC TEACH program work?
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
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: http://www7.acs.ncsu.edu/financial_aid/nondegree.html. 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: http://www7.acs.ncsu.edu/financial_aid/
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NC TEACH office is located on Centennial Campus. Please make an appointment regarding individual advising questions.