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    Jun 07, 2020  
2012-2013 Gaston College Catalog 

Lateral Entry Certificate (C55430)

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The Lateral Entry curriculum provides a course of study leading to the development of the general pedagogy competencies needed to become certified to teach by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Course work includes human growth and development, learning theory, instructional technology, school policies and procedures, home, school, and community collaborations, and classroom organization and management to enhance learning. Courses offered by partnering senior institutions include instructional methods, literacy, and diversity.

Graduates should meet the general pedagogy competencies within the first three (3) years of teaching, including a minimum of six (6) semester hours per school year. Additional requirements, such as pre-service training and passing the PRAXIS, are required for licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes:

INTASC Standards:

  Principle #2: The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can
    provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  Principle #3: The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to
    learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  Principle #4: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional
    strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  Principle #5: The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group
    motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  Principle #7: The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject
    matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
  Principle #8: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment
    strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
  Principle #9: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the
    effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

The following courses must be taken at a partnering senior institution:

  • Literacy/Reading Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • Instructional Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • Meeting Special Learning Needs, Exceptionalities, and Diversity (3 Credit Hours)

Total Semester Hour Credits: 27

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