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Teacher Licensure | Business and Marketing Education Initial Licensure Program

Business and Marketing Education Initial Licensure Program

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Education

Are you working as a Lateral Entry/Residency-licensed business teacher or marketing teacher in a middle school or high school? The Initial Licensure Program (ILP) in Business and Marketing Education is a 12-credit online program designed specifically for provisional licensed teachers currently working in a business and marketing middle or high school classroom. Students may choose to pursue the Business or Marketing option. If you have questions regarding program options, please email the program coordinator.

Consisting of three courses in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, our initial licensure program is one of the lateral entry programs in the Alternative Teacher Education Program offered at NC State. Courses are offered as extension courses and delivered entirely online, asynchronous, and include field-based experiences.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

What you need to know before applying


Email the program coordinator a copy of your transcript and completed Form RL. Please be sure your transcript is clear and contains all pertinent information (e.g., first and last name, cumulative GPA, degree awarded, major, minor or concentration if applicable, etc.). In addition, please make sure to complete the entire top portion of the Form RL and your district licensure specialist (or designee) complete the LEA section and current residency year.

Program and University Admission

Once your Form RL is signed and returned, you will be considered affiliated with NC State University as your EPP and will receive more information in regards to university admission and program completion.


Admissions requirements for the ILP include:

  • Employment or offer of employment as a Residency teacher in Business or Marketing at a North Carolina Public School.
  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Cumulative graduating GPA of at least 2.7.
  • 24 credit hours in Business or Marketing courses OR the Praxis II (at minimum one of these is required to meet the content requirement for Residency according to NCDPI).
  • No GRE is required for admission – plan to upload official transcripts and Praxis II scores to the application.
  • Important Note: Admittance to the program is contingent upon admittance to the university via the Non-degree Studies Office. Once accepted to the program, the applicant will be directed to the NDS app.

Plan of Study

This licensure program requires 12 credit hours. All three courses are currently offered in Fall and Spring semesters, so the ILP could be completed within a year if there are no other required courses in the content area. Students must make a minimum grade of a B in both ECI 561 and ECI 562 to continue in the program.

Career Prospects

This licensure program is designed specifically for provisional licensed teachers currently teaching business and marketing courses in North Carolina middle and secondary public schools. Students who complete the program are qualified to “upgrade” alternative licensure to a continual professional license by the State of North Carolina as business and marketing education teachers (for grades 6-12). These licenses are part of the state's licenses in Career and Technical Education.