To become a fully licensed teacher in a North Carolina public school, you need to complete an approved educator preparation program (EPP). EPPs arm you with the skills, experience and knowledge to teach in your chosen grade and subject. Not all EPPs are the same, though.
How to Pick an EPP
3 Ways to Complete Your Teacher Preparation
Everyone approaches the teaching profession differently. Depending on where you are in your current situation, you might consider earning your teaching license as part of your undergraduate degree, or as part of your master's degree or post-graduate coursework. You might also consider an alternative licensure program.
Here are a few recommendations on where to start if you currently have:
- A high school degree: Consider undergraduate licensure + bachelor’s
- Some higher education, but no bachelor’s degree: Consider undergraduate licensure + bachelor’s
- A bachelor’s degree, but not in education: Consider post-graduate licensure or alternative licensure
- A bachelor’s degree in education: Consider post-graduate licensure
Not All Programs Offer Everything
Double-check that your program:
- Is approved for licensure in North Carolina. See our list of approved partner programs to get your search started.
- Offers a credential in the grade and subject you want to teach. (Check out Getting Licensed to search for yours.)
- (Optional) Is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Ready to explore some EPPs? Check out the State Board of Education approved educator preparation programs in North Carolina to find a program that fits your preferences.
Need help thinking through your options? Chat with an expert to talk more about your choices for educator prep.
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