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Teacher Training Costs & Financial Aid

What exactly is a teaching program? And how much does one cost? Learn what to expect and how to cover your costs.

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A teaching program is where you’ll train to become a classroom teacher. This is also sometimes called an educator prep program!

Most teaching programs are through a college or university, but you can also find them through community organizations or school districts. Some teaching programs get you in the classroom right away, so you’ll get paid. Others are part of a degree program, so you’ll be able to use financial aid.

What costs should I expect? 

Teaching programs vary, but tuition will generally be your biggest expense. Other common costs include books and supplies, background check fees and any required test fees.

We’ll break down costs more in the next section!

How much will my teacher training cost?

There’s no one answer to this question, but we’ll look at what you can generally expect. Click on the tabs to learn more about each program type.

Financial Aid Vocab

Once you have a sense of your program costs, you can start thinking about financial aid. We know money talk can get confusing—so here are a few key terms to get you started.

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Now that you’ve gotten an overview of what to expect, you can explore ways to pay for your program.

Check out the TeachNC Finances Guide for tips and resources to maximize your financial aid! You’ll find in-depth information about grants and scholarships, loan forgiveness opportunities, how to earn a paycheck while you get your teaching license and more.

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What’s next

About Programs in North Carolina

Learn what to look for in a program to get your North Carolina teaching license.

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Career Coaching in North Carolina

Talk to an expert about how to become a licensed teacher in North Carolina. Get free advice on what to teach and how to choose and apply to the right program.

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Alternative Teacher Licensure in North Carolina

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to start teaching right away. Learn how TeachNC can help you get started.

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