Beginning Teacher Development & Support
Lateral Entry Advancement Program (LEAP)


CMS provides an alternative route for qualified individuals interested in becoming a teacher.  Qualified individuals can obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while obtaining a professional educator's license as they teach. The CMS Lateral Entry Advancement Program provides the 10 days of teacher training required by the state of North Carolina before lateral entry teachers enter the classroom. 

For more information on the Lateral Entry Advancement Program through the state of North Carolina - ​(opens in a new window)

​​The CMS Lateral Entry Teachers’ Pre-Service Experience

LEAP is a Lateral Entry Teacher’s pre-service experience. The primary goal of the program is to positively impact Lateral Entry Teacher retention and development by increasing the confidence and pedagogical knowledge of these teachers before entering the classroom. As of January 26, 2004, attendance at LEAP became mandatory for all CMS Lateral Entry Teachers before entering the classroom.

The pre-service program, offered by CMS Teacher Professional Development, is comprised of five classroom modules that include information on the expectations of an effective teacher, classroom management, lesson planning and assessment, engaging teaching strategies, professionalism, and communication skills. A sixth module allows each teacher to spend two days at her/his school attending meetings, talking to administration, asking questions, experiencing the school culture, and learning specifics about his/her curriculum.

The classes are led by instructors who have had numerous years of successful teaching experiences. Each session is “free-standing,” allowing entrance on any day, to not be dependent on the previous days’ sessions. An information session is given to all Lateral Entry Teachers during the Human Resources Orientation day. The first day could be any of the modules.

Contact 980-343-5404 for more information.


The vision of the Beginning Teacher Development & Support Department
is that every CMS student has a highly effective teacher. 
 Our mission is to improve teaching and learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools through research-based professional learning that is aligned with the district's strategic goals.