Which pathway will you take?
If you want to get a license before you start teaching, there are many options available to you. You could pursue the "traditional" route and get your license along with your degree. Many colleges and universities will offer an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that goes along with a degree in education or a particular teaching subject. So you might major in English or math, minor in education and earn your teaching license at the same time.
If you already have a bachelor's degree or higher, you could take the certificate-only route and go through an EPP by itself. This is usually much faster than the previously mentioned college graduation route.
We recommend you take a look at the EPPs available to you in our Explorer.
Residency Licensure Steps
Have at least a bachelor’s degree
To be qualified for any alternative licensure route, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at a minimum.
Find LEA employment
The human resources team at a Local Education Agency (LEA) will be able to share what positions they have available and what pathway makes the most sense based on your academic background. Note that each LEA has different needs and positions available and their hiring needs change often. You will want to apply to multiple LEAs to ensure the best chance of gaining employment. Once you have a teaching role secured, you can be admitted into a participating Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
Click here to access the statewide TeachNC job board and see what teaching jobs are available.
Pro tip: Before applying online, we recommend that you reach out directly (via phone or email) to the HR representative of the LEA(s) you are interested in.
Explore EPP options
Shop around to find a program that is a good fit for you. The LEA HR staff will be able to assist you in determining what to look for in an EPP. After identifying your top 3-5 programs, reach out to those EPPs to learn about their requirements for admission.
FYI: Entrance requirements differ by EPP. Reach out to your top EPPs to find out their specific requirements for enrollment, like GPA minimums or specific coursework needed (for example, for some licenses you’ll be required to complete 24 hours of college coursework in your licensure area in order to be eligible to teach that subject).
Meet all other requirements
Once you’re enrolled in an EPP and employed full-time by an LEA, you’ll need to meet all other licensure requirements established by the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE), including pre-service experience, NCSBE required exams, etc.
Explore programs in North Carolina for more information on licensure options.
- North Carolina's Approved Educator Preparation ProgramsLearn More
Review which North Carolina EPPs offer licensure areas in which grade levels and subject areas.
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