The Department of Public Instruction, based on the policies and procedures adopted by the State Board of Education, issues North Carolina teaching licenses. An alternate route to teaching in NC allows you to obtain a position and begin teaching right away, without any prior teacher training or experience; this route is known as “lateral entry.” For more information, check out Becoming a Lateral Entry Teacher.
Many of our students prefer to complete their course work before securing a teaching position. Licensure-only students learn before they begin teaching—they take all courses for licensure and apply for jobs as fully licensed teachers. If you wish to pursue licensure-only, apply to Western's alternative licensure program by completing the online Eligibility/Pre-Evaluation form. A program advisor will complete a plan of study which will lead to an initial license in your chosen area.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss developing the best plan for you to become a teacher.