Get your associate degree
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.
Why community college?
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!