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Requirements to enter program have changed

Halifax Community College offers even more options now for those interested in becoming teachers through the Lateral Entry Program. With the adoption of recent revisions, admission to the program is now easier and quicker.

The certificate program is geared toward K-12 teachers and individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in the teaching profession. To qualify, individuals have to hold a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution.

To register, students need to bring official transcripts, submit an application and follow the HCC admission process. Students should also check on financial aid availability.

Lateral Entry course work includes human growth and development, learning theory, instructional technology, school policies and procedures, home, school and community collaboration, and classroom organization and management. Courses offered by partnering senior institutions include instructional methods, literacy and diversity.

North Carolina's community colleges help the state meet its workforce needs through the Lateral Entry Program. One of the state's critical needs is for classroom teachers in K-12, especially in rural and low-wealth areas.

In fall 2006, HCC received approval to offer the Lateral Entry Program. An alternate route to teaching in North Carolina, the program allows an individual to obtain a position and begin teaching right away, while earning a license as they teach. The program's goal is to provide a course of study leading to general competencies required for teachers. It is designed to get more teachers certified in the state's public schools.

Those interested in the program should sign up during HCC's Early Registration, slated for 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. To register, contact B.T. Brown at (252) 536-7245 or brownbt@halifaxcc.edu. For more information on the Lateral Entry program, contact Dr. Pocahontas Jones at (252) 536-7256 or jonesp@halifaxcc.edu.