Jerome Hughes

Former WCU alternative licensure student Jerome Hughes, who teaches English at Asheville High School, was the 2007 Western Regional Teacher of the Year.
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Alternative Licensure Programs

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.

After completing the online Eligibility/Pre-Evaluation form and receiving your personalized licensure plan of study, you must also apply and be accepted to WCU before registering for teacher licensure courses.  Birth to Kindergarten and AIG applicants may complete the undergraduate distance application. Special Education applicants may complete the graduate distance application. The Graduate School will also require three letters of recommendation for licensure students; an additional statement of intent is required for application to the MAT. 

If you already have a licensure plan of study ( i.e. RALC), it is important that you send the courses you are planning to take to the Office of Alternative Licensure. You can email or fax your plan to the attention of Annie McCord. You cannot be admitted or enrolled until the courses are approved.

It is important that you complete the alternative licensure application process as early as possible. Given the current volume of applications, course availability may be limited if you apply after the undergraduate and graduate application deadlines. We make every effort to enroll qualified applicants, especially lateral entry teachers, even if the deadline is passed.


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