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Choosing an Educator Preparation Program in North Carolina
With the right preparation and mentorship, you can become a great teacher.
With the right preparation and mentorship, you can become a great teacher.

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

Here's what current teachers, educator prep program officials, and school district HR chiefs (you know, the experts) say you should look for when selecting an educator prep program (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

Click through the tabs below for more information about each path. And don't forget, we have coaches on hand ready to answer any questions you have about the different pathways to teaching.


Not All Programs Offer Everything

Double-check that your program:

Find Programs

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.

And remember, when you are ready to apply, keep track of your applications and take advantage of free advice and best practices.


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