Degree Programs

Physical Education - Lateral Entry - Certification Program

The Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences Lateral Entry/Certification Only Program is administered through the Office of Distance Education through Distance Education. This program will allow eligible individuals to gain certification through a program designed for teachers who work full time. Most courses will be offered via online via the Internet. Lateral entry is an "alternate" route to teaching for qualified individuals outside of the public education system. Lateral entry allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and a license as they teach. The NC Dept of Public Instruction authorizes lateral entry licenses and only the hiring school system can initiate the process for lateral entry status.

Courses in this program will be delivered in several ways:

  • Web-Based Courses – course taught entirely over the Internet,
  • Web-Assisted Courses – courses taught primarily over the Internet with periodic class meetings,
  • Competency Based Courses – Students demonstrate the required competency (i. e., swimming), and
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) – PLA helps individuals receive credit for the learning they have achieved from experience

To qualify for the certification only program in physical education, the candidate must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. To qualify for the lateral entry program, the candidate must have a bachelor's degree in physical education or a related area and be working in a public or private school teaching physical education.

Students are required to earn up to 56 hours and complete an internship block (to be taken during the final semester of the program). Students must meet skill competency requirements. To meet these requirements candidates must either pass a competency exam, or take a one-hour course or show proof of competency. Hours will vary depending on undergraduate preparation.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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