• GCS-ACT Compare 


    There are many excellent programs available in the state of North Carolina that lead to a NC Standard Professional I teaching license. Some are online, some are face-to-face, and others use blended models. Program length and costs vary greatly by college and university. In response to the complex options available, the table below outlines some of the differences between your options.

     

    OPTION 1: GCS-ACT

     
    Courses Offered By: Guilford County Schools (Please note you must be in a teaching position with Guilford County Schools in order to apply)
    Graduate Credit: No
    Hours: 380
    Length: 11 to 18 Months
    Cost: GCS provides each participant a $6,000 scholarship. Participants are expected to contribute $1,250. (For the 2020 - 21 school year)
    NC Standard Professional I License: Yes
    License Reciprocity With Other States: Some states may accept with reciprocity.  Some may require additional coursework or testing.

    Click here to read the North Carolina Legislation, which enabled this program option for lateral entry teachers.
     
      

    OPTION 2: FOUR YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

     
    Courses Offered By: Four year college or university 
    Graduate Credit: Optional
    Hours: Varies by institution
    Length: Varies by institution
    Cost: Dependent upon length of program
    NC Standard Professional I License: Yes
    License Reciprocity with Other States: Yes
     

    Click here for approved Educator Preparation Programs (EPP).