We have been working with leaders in North Carolina to establish our North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow program as a lateral entry program. However, during our work, the legislature ended up doing away with Lateral Entry and creating a Residency License instead.
People enrolled in Lateral Entry will be allowed to finish the program but all future licenses will be from Residency Licenses. North Carolina also established more more robust Educator Preparation Program requirements and reporting so that they could better manage the programs serving North Carolina Schools.
What does that mean for us? We have submitted an application to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction so that we can begin helping solve the North Carolina teacher shortage in the very near future.
More to come – but we are eager to get started as we had over 200 North Carolinians apply to be in our South Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow program – so we know there are people willing to teach!