How to Become a Lateral Entry Teacher

  • Click here to view the information sessions for those interested in becoming a Lateral Entry Teacher.

    Step 1: Qualify
    In order for you to obtain a Lateral Entry License in the state of NC, you must meet the state’s requirements found online at Qualifying for a Lateral Entry License.

    If you have further questions about whether or not you qualify to obtain a Lateral Entry License, contact our Guilford County Schools Lateral Entry Program Administrator Terrik Higgins at (336) 378-8823 ext. 1 or Once hired, Guilford County Schools will facilitate the process of applying for your Lateral Entry License.

    Step 2: Application
    Once you have determined that you qualify for a license, you need to obtain a teaching position within Guilford County Schools. To do this, submit an online application by clicking here.

    Step 3: Principal Interviews
    You should begin contacting principals to express your interest in being considered for vacant positions.  There are three ways to do this (in order of preference): email, telephone, and in-person. The principal directory with all contact information can be found by clicking on schools on our home page. Click here
    Step 4: Clearing Your License
    Once you are hired as a teacher, you have 3 years to obtain a NC Standard Professional Teaching License.  There are three ways to do this:

    • Apply to participate in GCS-ACT. This Guilford County Schools’ in-house program is likely going to be the fastest and cheapest way to become licensed. Our program is specifically designed to meet the needs of a lateral entry teacher and is delivered by our best faculty. For more information on this program, visit our website by clicking here. In order to participate in this program, you must be seeking licensure in grades 6-12 and be a first-year lateral entry teacher.
    • Affiliate yourself with a college or university licensure program. Almost all NC higher education institutions have licensure-only programs. Click here for options at local universities.
    •  Submit your transcripts to a Regional Alternative Licensure Center (RALC).  The RALC will prescribe a Program of Study. You may fulfill each requirement by selecting when and where to take each required course. Click here for RALC website.