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Teacher Licensure, Simplified

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Getting licensed to become a teacher might seem daunting, but we’ve got you covered. Let's start with the basics.

Do I have to get licensed to teach?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: There are many different types of licenses, depending on where and what you want to teach. When you get licensed, you become eligible to teach certain subjects and grades in North Carolina. You may be eligible for a special license if you have career experience or if you've been licensed to teach in another state.

How do I get licensed?

There are several paths to licensure. Step one is finding the right path for you, whether it’s entering a teaching program as an undergrad or through a master’s degree, an alternative preparation program, or anywhere in between.

Want to discuss your options? Talk to a coach.

What should I know before getting started?

Since requirements differ by subject, specialty and grade level, deciding who and what you want to teach can go a long way. 

If this is starting to feel a bit overwhelming, check out About Licensure for four simple steps to get a license to teach in North Carolina. 

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All Your Options in One Place

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Ready to discover the licenses you’ll need to teach in North Carolina? Here’s an interactive catalog to help narrow your search.

  • Select the grades and/or subjects you're interested in teaching, and the chart will update to show you what licenses you need.
  • Hover to explore additional notes and details.

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