Eligibility requirements can vary by program and may change. If you have any questions about this process, reach out to a TeachNC application coach or educator preparation program staff for support. We’re here for you.
For links to all state-approved educator preparation programs, head over to the Department of Public Instruction’s list of approved EPPs.
To become an educator in North Carolina, you’ll need to show your mastery of core academic skills and prove knowledge of your subject area. Depending on whether you’re an undergraduate or already have a degree, you may need to meet one or more of these requirements before you apply to an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). This Guide will help you sort it out.
When applying for your Educator Preparation Program (EPP), be prepared to provide your:
If your previous academic records are from outside of the U.S., you may also need to take the TOEFL or another language exam. You may also need to have your transcripts reviewed by a state-approved agency. Check with your program for details.
To apply for your Educator Preparation Program, you will need to provide test scores for the core academic skills of reading, writing and math. Your SAT, ACT or GRE scores may satisfy this requirement. If not, you can sign up for the Praxis Core Academic Skills test for educators.
Ask your EPP staff about the core academic skills requirement—you may have already met it. If you do need to take the Praxis Core Academic test, some programs only require you show that you’re registered for the test before you can apply.
Whether you have a degree or you’re still in school, you’ll need to keep coursework requirements and content area mastery in mind as you apply for EPPs. We’ve outlined the most common requirements at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Once you’re admitted, you should meet with an advisor in the program you want to attend to make sure you register for the best sequence of courses. Review the eligibility requirements below to get a head start.
The takeaway for undergraduates? Identify the grade level and subject you want to teach as soon as possible, find an EPP that offers the endorsements you want, and have your coursework evaluated early so you can enroll in the courses you need.
To apply to graduate-level EPPs, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and proof of mastery in the subject you want to teach. That typically means you’ll have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major or significant coursework in the teaching subject.
Some EPPs have additional eligibility requirements. For example, you may need: