The State of North Carolina requires that all public school educators hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach. Licensed employees must meet both state and federal licensing requirements in order to be employed. For more information visit www.ncpublicschools.org.
Lateral entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a professional educator license as they teach. The NC DPI authorizes lateral entry professional educator licenses on a provisional basis in licensure areas that correspond to the individual's academic study. WCPSS is now considering lateral entry in all curriculum areas, not just areas of critical need. For more information about how lateral entry requirements and how WCPSS handles lateral entry teacher, please read the Lateral Entry Information Document .