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. There are two types of lateral entry programs offered at NC State. The traditional lateral entry program can be completed over the course of three years. 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.