An online program will shorten the amount of time it takes lateral entry teachers — aspiring educators who have been hired to teach in North Carolina schools and are not yet fully licensed — from three years to one year.
Diana Lys, assistant dean of program assessment, accreditation and teacher preparation at UNC, and Michael Maher, assistant dean for professional education and accreditation at NC State University, teamed together to develop an online competency-based program for these lateral entry teachers.
“After I arrived here at Carolina, I realized that the two research universities in the NC system have a lot we could combine with what we have learned in education research to lateral teachers,” Lys said.
"The program will be entirely online and will allow enrolled students to complete the course on their own time," Maher said.
“If you look at some of the data around lateral entry teacher preparation, there are about 5,000 lateral entry teachers in North Carolina. What we have seen over time is how this number continues to grow, but unfortunately, these are probably the most underserved teachers in our state in terms of their preparation,” Maher said.