Metropolitan College of Professional Studies introduces fully online courses for students seeking Lateral Entry Licensure in Physical Education (K-12) and Health and Physical Education (K-12)

August 6, 2018/Charlotte, N.C.— Johnson C. Smith University’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies is pleased to announce its brand new offering of fully online courses that satisfy the requirements of all competencies for Health and Physical Education (K-12) and Physical Education (K-12) Lateral Entry Licensure. These courses will be offered throughout the year and are aimed at specifically addressing the needs of adult learners who are seeking their professional educator’s licensure through Lateral Entry, and would benefit from the convenience and flexibility of an online learning format.

The course of study will enable students to complete all of their competencies fully online in as few as four eight-week terms for Physical Education or five eight-week terms for Health and Physical Education. “This new online offering provides the flexibility that adult learners need to make the best use of their limited time by allowing them to complete their coursework at their own pace and schedule,” said Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams, Online Sport Management Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Sport Management at Johnson C. Smith University’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies.

This is also an efficient way for professionals to expand the scope of their careers and remain employable. “Lateral Entry candidates already possess a baccalaureate degree. Therefore, this initiative will also serve as a benefit to college graduates in the area, including JCSU’s alumni, who did not major in School Health or Physical Education during their matriculation, but now require licensure in these content areas to maintain employment at their schools”, added Dr. Lawson-Williams.

This plan has already been approved by the Regional Alternative Licensing Center, which is the division that assists with processing Lateral Entry Licensure for educational professionals in school districts throughout the state of North Carolina. It is also aligned with Metropolitan College’s mission to help students achieve their goals in a flexible, convenient, accelerated, and personalized environment.

“We are very excited about this new resource and are glad to alleviate the challenges that adult students face when attempting to advance their education and employability, in accordance with our mission”, added Dr. Laura Colson McLean, Dean of Metropolitan College of Professional Studies.

For more information, please contact Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams at or call (704) 330-1436.

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