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Contact Information

To receive more information on GCS ACT, please contact:

Terrik Higgins
Guilford County Schools
Human Resources Office
712 North Eugene St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 378-8823 ext. 4 phone


Guilford County Schools Alternative Certification Track (GCS ACT) is one of three options you have for obtaining licensure to teach in the state of North Carolina.  GCS ACT offers lateral entry candidates an 12 month-long, locally customized licensure and support program as an alternative to a university affiliated program or Regional Alternative Licensure Center (RALC) program of study.  GCS ACT is designed around core North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and supports the guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education that NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals:

  1. Teachers demonstrate leadership
  2. Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students
  3. Teachers know the content they teach
  4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students
  5. Teachers reflect on their practice

How It Works

In an effort to encourage more lateral entry candidates to teach, the General Assembly of North Carolina’s Senate Bill 1115 grants Local Educational Agencies (school districts) the right to offer an approved program of study to certify lateral entry candidates.  Successful completion of the GCS ACT program of study results in obtaining a full NC SP1 license to teach in North Carolina.  If you ever decide to teach outside of North Carolina, some states may accept this clear North Carolina license while others may require that you take additional coursework.

To view the GCS ACT brochure, click here.

In compliance with federal laws, Guilford County Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Refer to the Board of Education's Discrimination Free Environment Policy AC for a complete statement. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Guilford County Schools Compliance Officer, 120 Franklin Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27401; 336.370.2323.

All Guilford County Schools facilities, both educational and athletic, are tobacco-free learning environments.

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