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How to Become a Teacher

Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.

Become a Teacher

This is how we do it.

Like other high-skilled professions, there are important steps to becoming a teacher. If you’re not up for these steps yet, no worries. Head over to Explore Teaching, and we’ll get our ducks in a row.

  1. 1

    Know where you’re headed.

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    To become a teacher, you’ll need to get licensed, so review licensure requirements up front. For 1-on-1 support, check out our free coaching options.

    Understand Licensure
  2. 2

    Choose the program that fits you best.

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    When it comes time to choose a program that will get you licensed to teach, use our criteria to compare options. It’s easier to find a match when you know what to look for (and what to avoid).

  3. 3

    Apply to a program with confidence.

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    To make it easier to keep track of your next steps and deadlines, be sure to create an application checklist. (You get fee reimbursements once you’ve submitted your application.) If you get stuck, read our guides for info on how to prep for testing and which applications are required.

  4. 4

    Fund your teacher preparation.

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    Is affordability top of mind? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your training, from work study to loans to scholarships. For the nitty-gritty details, check out our Finances guide.

Not ready to make the jump?

If you’re quaking in your boots because you aren’t sure teaching is for you, don’t abandon ship! We know this is a big decision, so let’s get you pointed in the right direction.
  • Explore Teaching

    Want to get a better idea of what teachers do day to day? Take a few minutes to discover what it’s like to teach in North Carolina.

    Learn More
  • Ask an Expert

    Got questions? We have expert advice on tap. Sign up for a phone call or texting buddy to get your questions answered 1-on-1 by a NC teacher.

    Get Advice
  • Check Your Fit

    Now that we have answered your questions, take a 5-minute quiz to see if teaching is the right career for you. You’ll get concrete next steps out the gate. 

    Create a Roadmap

If you’re looking for help with any TeachNC products and services, we're here to help you. Visit Support.

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  • Create a career roadmap.
  • Get 1-on-1 expert advice from an NC teacher.
  • Follow how-to guides for getting licensed.
  • Access prep program application checklists.
  • Claim fee reimbursements towards application and testing expenses.

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