Metropolitan College of Professional Studies expands its Lateral Entry online course offerings


September 18, 2019/Charlotte, N.C. In addition to offering courses that lead to K-12 Lateral Entry licensure in Health and Physical Education (K-12) and Physical Education (K-12), Johnson C. Smith University’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies is pleased to announce its expansion of fully online courses that satisfy General Pedadogy and Elementary Education competencies.

The new classes include: PSY 235 Psychology of Childhood, PSY 237 Psychology of Adolescence, and PSY 239 Educational Psychology. This new set of courses has already been approved by the Regional Alternative Licensing Center, the division that assists with processing Lateral Entry Licensure for educational professionals in school districts throughout the state of North Carolina. These courses will be offered during the academic year, based upon demand, and are aimed at addressing the needs of adult learners who are seeking their professional educator’s licensure through lateral entry.

“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 and Lateral Entry, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Sport Management in 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 these areas during their matriculation, but now require lateral entry licensure in their respective fields to maintain employment at their schools”, added Dr. Lawson-Williams.

“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”, 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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