Lateral Entry Introduction
What is Lateral Entry?
Lateral entry is an alternative route to teaching for qualified individuals outside of the public education system. Lateral entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a license as they teach.
- Only the hiring school system can initiate the process for lateral entry status.
Qualifying for a Lateral Entry License
Applicant will need to complete a certified online employment application. Refer to the Licensed Application page for further instructions. Applicant will also need three letters of reference and all official college/university transcripts.
- Applicant will need to view the JCS Licensed Vacancies page.
- Applicant contacts schools directly to request interviews for any positions they feel qualified.
Principals will interview applicants for qualified positions.
- Principal will make recommendation to Human Resources Director who will make the offer after confirming licensure eligibility and reference/criminal background check.
- An appointment with the Licensure Office in Human Resources to begin licensure application paperwork will be made after employment offer and acceptance.
Obtaining the Plan of Study
After becoming employed as a lateral entry teacher, there are two ways to obtain a Plan of Study outlining the coursework needed to clear the lateral entry license:
- Passing Praxis II and/or Pearson scores by the end of the second year of the lateral entry license.
- Three years maximum to clear the lateral entry license – no extensions will be granted.
JCS Resources for Lateral Entry Teachers
Ten day orientation for each beginning lateral entry teacher
- Beginning Teacher Institute
- 3 day session in August
- Year-long support program
- Assigned a mentor for support
Any previous, relevant non-teaching work experience which can be documented by previous employers can be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction to be evaluated for non-teaching experience credit. An official job description is also required.
- Also, college teaching experience can be submitted for credit if properly verified.
Clearing the Lateral Entry License
After all lateral entry requirements have been completed, a recommendation will be made to the Department of Public Instruction for clearance of the lateral entry license.