Teacher Education - Lateral Entry

Teacher Education - Lateral Entry

The Central Piedmont Teacher Education - Lateral Entry program gives you an alternate route to start teaching if you have at least a bachelor's degree and commit to complete a teacher education program over the next three years.

What You Will Learn

Our lateral entry teacher education program offers eight-week online pedagogy courses that meet Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) plan of study requirements, though does not grant a degree or teaching certificate. Individual plans of study are prescribed for lateral entry teachers who must complete necessary educational coursework required for a professional educator’s license.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our general pedagogy education courses are approved for employed and prospective teachers who have a current plan of study or qualification letter on file with one of the four RALC offices.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    The North Carolina State Board of Education requires up to 10 pedagogical competencies for teacher licensure. Central Piedmont offers courses that meet general pedagogy competencies. In addition, we offer a variety of teacher education lateral entry licensure curriculum-specific courses. The courses are designed for teachers who have been evaluated by a North Carolina Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC) and have a signed plan of study to complete licensure requirements.

    General pedagogy courses (EDU 163, 243, 244, and 271) meet RALC general pedagogy competencies and align with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. Other EDU courses offered by Central Piedmont may meet competencies listed on a plan of study, though are not tailored to lateral entry teachers. Central Piedmont also offers select courses required for lateral entry licensure areas.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

  • Lateral Entry Teacher Education Program Requirements and Application

    Eligibility Requirements

    • a signed plan of study from the NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section, Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC), or a welcome letter from CMS CTE for LTAP
    • a four-year degree from a regionally-accredited university

    Visit the RALC website to find details on the NC Lateral Entry teaching license, upcoming deadlines, and qualifications. A link to the NC State Board approved testing requirements and information is found under the resources tab of the RALC site. You can also contact the Charlotte RALC office at 980.343.5406 or pennyj.powell@cms.k12.nc.us.

    Courses are full-semester length three-credit courses taught over eight weeks. Classes are fully online, with attendance and participation required weekly. Classes are not self-paced; you will need access to a computer for the entire class. You will be expected to access the course and submit work weekly. The online course system records your attendance via your submitted work. If you do not submit work, your status will change to “stopped attending” and you will no longer have access to class. Multiple assignments may be due each week, as the courses are not self-paced. You can expect to work approximately eight to ten hours per week per course. Visit the Central Piedmont catalog for full details on the courses required for the Central Piedmont lateral entry teacher education certificate.

    Teacher Education Lateral Entry Program Application Process

    • Submit RALC plan of study or CMS, CTE, or LTAP letter to the program coordinator.
    • Complete the process to enroll at Central Piedmont (the teacher education lateral entry code is C55430).The college placement tests are waived for teacher education lateral entry students based on review of unofficial transcript.
    • Complete the online learning intro orientation.
    • Submit required information to be cleared to register for teacher education lateral entry courses. Scan the following documents to the program coordinator allowing two weeks to be cleared for registration:
      • RALC plan of study or LTAP letter, if not already submitted
      • a digital copy of your unofficial undergraduate transcript showing the degree deferred, the institution and an English course
      • your Central Piedmont 7-digit student ID number
      • your requested semester and course number

    Lateral entry students need to be cleared by the program for course requirements before registering. Even if you have previously taken lateral entry courses at Central Piedmont, you still need to be cleared to register each semester. You will be given the registration dates when you are cleared to register. When all documents are submitted and registration overrides are processed, look for an email about registering (remember to allow two weeks for processing after you submit your documents). Plan on paying tuition and fees when you register to hold your seat. If, once you have been cleared to register, you get a warning message about a required prerequisite or about taking DRE 098 concurrently when attempting to register, ignore that message and continue to register. If you get stuck and cannot move ahead for any reason, take a screenshot and reach out to a campus registrar. The Harris Campus registrar can be reached at 704.330.4644.

  • Locations


    All courses are available fully online each semester. However, course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods


    Course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Careers

    Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed education career opportunities, salary information, and job openings. A Central Piedmont teacher education lateral entry certificate does not replace the need for a professional educator's license.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont; student activity, technology, or lab fees will apply. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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