Choose the Right Licensure Area
Decide what you want to teach, and choose the teaching license that’s right for you. Read this page or download our guide.
Before you can enroll in a teaching program, you’ll need to decide what teaching license you want to earn. Your licensure area will depend on the age group and subject you want to teach.
On this page, we’ll go over your choices for licensure.
You’ll have more job opportunities — and make a bigger impact — teaching in a high-need area. The greatest need for teachers is in state-designated shortage areas, many of which are at the middle and high school levels.
Expand Your Opportunities
Remember, you can add licenses in different grade levels and subject areas throughout your teaching career. You don’t have to get all your licenses at once!
Explore Your Licensure Options
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If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to start teaching (and earn a salary) right away through a residency licensure program.
- North Carolina Teacher Shortage Areas, 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 Reports. U.S. Department of Education. https://tsa.ed.gov/#/reports
- Areas of Licensure, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. https://www.dpi.nc.gov/educators/educators-licensure/areas-licensure