Alternative Teacher Education Programs

Alternative teacher education programs are for people with a desire to teach in elementary, middle, or high schools but do not have an undergraduate degree in education. Please note that all alternative licensure programs at NC State require a minimum GPA of 2.500 and a four-year degree from an accredited college or university. There are two types of alternative licensure: licensure only and lateral entry. 

Licensure only programs are for people who want to complete their teaching license ("A"-level) before entering the classroom. These programs include education coursework, content-specific coursework, and student teaching. 

Lateral entry programs are for people who want to work on their coursework while teaching full-time. Lateral entry programs include education coursework, content-specific coursework, and a one-hour practicum in place of student teaching. Participants in lateral entry programs will receive a lateral entry license when they are hired in a teaching position and then will be recommended for a clear ("A"-level) license upon completion of the lateral entry program. NC TEACH is not a graduate program. The NC TEACH program is an intensive one-year program in which participants enter as a cohort and are provided with an extensive support network to aid their transition into the classroom.

Also see Teacher Licensure programs offered through Distance Education.