Teaching Degrees in North Carolina

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in North Carolina should know some important information related to:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • North Carolina teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in North Carolina.

Teaching Degrees in North Carolina

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum required in order to obtain teaching certification in North Carolina. Those who wish to become a teacher are also required to successfully complete an approved and accredited educator preparation program and testing prior to certification. There are currently 116 colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in North Carolina.

Only 28% of North Carolina teachers hold a master’s degree or higher. Those holding this higher degree enjoy a salary increase of nearly $5,000 per year over their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in North Carolina

There are many different scholarships and grants available to help cover the costs of teacher education in North Carolina. Some examples include:

Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship
This scholarship from the College Foundation of North Carolina is available to students seeking teaching degrees in North Carolina.

Eugenia I. Shuffler Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship provides funds to students from North Iredell High School currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program
This $6,500 per year scholarship provides high school seniors seeking a degree in teacher education with funding for up to four years.

Ruckus House Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is available to residents of North Carolina that are pursuing a degree in special education, elementary or early childhood education.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
This federally funded grant program awards up to $4,000 per year to students currently pursuing a teaching degree in North Carolina, providing the student demonstrates financial need. Students must agree to work in a high-need school for a minimum of four years.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Lula Faye Clegg Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to students seeking teaching degrees in North Carolina.

North Carolina Teacher Certification

North Carolina currently offers three types of teaching licenses. These are:

  • Standard Professional 1 Professional Educator’s License – For entry-level teachers.
  • Standard Professional 2 Professional Educator’s License – For teachers with three or more years of experience.
  • Lateral Entry Teachers in North Carolina – For teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree, but do not yet meet all requirements for a professional license.

North Carolina state teacher certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Successful completion of an approved, accredited educator preparation program
  • Student teaching experience
  • Successful completion of the North Carolina Praxis testing requirements and/or National Board Certification
  • Fingerprinting and background check

North Carolina requires teachers to participate in professional development in order to continuously build additional knowledge and skills. The state requires a minimum of 7.5 professional development credits to be earned each period for teachers to be eligible for recertification.

Additional Resources about Teaching in North Carolina

The following resources provide additional information for those pursuing teaching degrees in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Public Institution
The state of North Carolina’s comprehensive site provides information and resources for individuals that are in pursuit of a teaching degree in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Labor
Obtain information on available jobs, training programs and more.

North Carolina Association of Educators
The North Carolina Association of Educators is the professional association of educators and public school employees in the state.

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