Lateral Entry

Teaching and Education Careers

Lateral Entry courses begin each semester in October, March and May.

Fall Semester dates: October 15 - December 11, 2018.

Go to Get Started/Apply now to prepare to register.

Returning students: contact before registering.


Lateral entry, an alternate route to teaching, allows a school to hire someone as a teacher, with the assumption that over the next three years the person being hired will complete a teacher education program through a college, university, or RALC. Our Lateral Entry program offers eight-week online pedagogy courses that meet plan of study requirements though does not grant a degree or teaching certificate.

Open course links to view dates and availability of online General Pedagogy classes.

For details on competencies, click General Pedagogy Courses.

Online and hybrid courses for Birth-Kindergarten license begin January 2018.


  • A signed  Plan of Study or Qualifying Letter from the NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section, Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC) or the Lateral Teacher Assistance Program (LTAP-exclusive to CMS CTE).
  • A four-year degree from a regionally-accredited university.

Prospective teachers, contact RALC at

  • Click on “Let's get started!” at the bottom center of the homepage to complete a short questionnaire regarding your eligibility for a NC lateral entry teaching license, as well as a plan of study from the RALC.
  • Qualified individuals may apply for a plan of study as an employee or a prospective teacher.
  • Penny Powell, Charlotte RALC director can be reached at or 980.343.5406.
  • A link to the NC State Board approved testing requirements and information can be found on the RALC site under the Resources, and then select Testing Links & Preparation.

    For more information, contact Karen Anderson @704.330.4740 or