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Launch Your Career at Community College
How North Carolina Community Colleges can help you start your educator journey
Launch Your Career at Community College
How North Carolina Community Colleges can help you start your educator journey

Get your associate degree

Stay local, save money and transfer easily by starting your teacher prep at a community college.

If you already have your high school diploma or GED, you can earn your Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation or Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation with North Carolina Community Colleges. 

North Carolina Community Colleges will prepare you to finish your 4-year degree and start your teaching career. You can transfer your credits seamlessly to bachelor's degree educator preparation programs across the state (see below).

What two-year degree should I choose?

  • Choose the Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation if you’re interested in teaching elementary education, arts education, or other subjects in the humanities. 
  • Choose the Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation if you want to teach math, science, physical education, or other STEM subjects.  

For more information about community college education options, click here.

  • For high school graduates
  • For high school students

Why community college?

NC Community Colleges are an affordable, convenient and accessible option to launch your teaching career.

Community college tuition is lower than tuition at 4-year universities. NC Community College students are also eligible for financial aid, including Pell grants, work-study loans and more. 

And don’t forget, high school students who participate in North Carolina’s Career and College Promise Program can take NC Community College courses for free!

  • Affordability
  • Seamless transfer
  • Proximity

Find a college near you.

Use NC Community Colleges’ “Find a College” tool to see your options and find the campus that’s right for you!

Find a College

Your questions, answered.

What happens after you get your associate degree? Here are a few questions future teachers often ask.
  • What do I need to become a teacher in North Carolina?
  • What does a teacher preparation program include?
  • How long will it take to become a teacher?
  • Can I teach in North Carolina without an education degree?