In order to become a teacher, there are several path options available. These include traditional programs where you obtain licensure first, then seek work as a licensed teacher. Alternative routes typically employ lateral entry as a hiring mechanism, then work in conjunction with your employment to complete your necessary education requirements to clear the provisional nature of the teaching license obtained through lateral entry.


A comprehensive listing of state approved teacher education programs is available on the teacher education programs page of Work 4 NC Schools.


Lateral entry allows a school system to hire someone with a bachelor's degree 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 Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC).


"Licensure only" is an option for a person that already holds a bachelor's degree. The idea is to complete the course work necessary for the completion of a teaching license. This is usually subject area coursework, pedagogy coursework for the grade level sought, student teaching and certification testing. Each institution offers their own options for "licensure only" as they are able for the various subject areas for which they are approved by the state.


A graduate program intended for folks transitioning from careers other than education. There is usually an initial licensure phase followed by the degree completion phase, which leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. There is no comprehensive official listing of institutions offering MAT programs at this time, please refer to the State Approved Teacher Education Programs for institutions offering master level programs. However, NC Troops to Teachers does maintain an unofficial knowledge base, where we offer links to NC based institutions offering MAT programs.


Each institution of higher education may have alternative programs available. Contacting the institution directly is the best option for researching alternative programs. However, there is a fairly complete listing available on the College Foundation of North Carolina website.

Another alternative route option is the NC Teach program. This is an accelerated option for completing a teaching license that involves an intense full time summer program completed as a cohort with other individuals focused on the same objective. There are ten host institutions offering the NC Teach program. As you start your first lateral entry year (assumes hire), you perform weekend and evening coursework with your cohort. After roughly a year and a half you are potentially able to complete the teaching license requirements. The NCSU version of NC Teach offers remote sites including Lee and Cumberland Counties. This is an exciting development for the Fort Bragg community.