Educator Preparation Programs
Explore educator preparation programs in North Carolina.
Explore educator preparation programs in North Carolina.

Educator Preparation in North Carolina

In North Carolina, you can get licensed to teach by attending an educator preparation program. But preparation programs are not one-size-fits-all.

To find a program that’s going to help you grow into the teacher you want to be, consider if the program:

  • Offers hands-on pre-service experience
  • Prepares you to meet the diverse academic, social, and emotional needs of students
  • Provides an experienced mentor/coach
  • Shows commitment to continuous improvement
  • Additional questions to ask:

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Undergraduate Programs

If you do not currently have a bachelor's degree, check out our partners that offer programs at the undergraduate level.

  • Appalachian State University

    As a premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference

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  • Barton College

    The Teacher Education Program seeks to instill in its graduates a love of learning, an interest in continued professional growth, reflection on one’s teaching effectiveness, and the confidence that results from membership in a supportive community.

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  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution.  We find our center in Jesus Christ, and believe in the development of the whole person—in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide an education that will enable our students to lead lives of integrity, succeed professionally, become responsible citizens and be a blessing to themselves and others.

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  • Brevard College

    At Brevard College, education is much more than learning the ‘right answers’ and doing well on a test. Experiential academics develops students’ ability to think, work in a group, and reflect upon and apply their learning to real world problems.

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  • Campbell University

    Campbell University Professional Education Program prepares teachers for a variety of settings in public schools. All faculty pride themselves on their student orientation and personalization reflected in the advisement and one-on-one student interaction. Faculty also model the integration of faith and learning in their classes and in their professional roles.

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  • Chowan University

    The Chowan University School of Education is dedicated to graduate students who are effective, highly qualified teachers and who are equipped with instructional strategies and pedagogy capable of educating all learners in a continuously changing world.

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  • East Carolina University

    ECU is a nationally recognized public institution in the United States that is committed to extensive research, teaching and service aimed at making an impact in eastern North Carolina and around the world. The university equips future generations of men and women in becoming tomorrow’s new leaders.

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  • Elizabeth City State University

    Elizabeth City State University, a public institution, is a constituent of the University of North Carolina System. The mission of ECSU is to promote economic, social and environmental progress for the citizens of northeastern North Carolina, the state and nation.  

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  • Elon University

    Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs.

    Learn More
  • Fayetteville State University

    Fayetteville State's academic programs consistently rank number one in multiple areas and among the most affordable in the nation. With one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, we provide a world-class education at a fraction of the price.

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  • Greensboro College

    Greensboro College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Methodist Church. It was established in 1838 and is located on 60 acres of tree-line property in the Greensboro’s historic district. The College serves approximately 1000 diverse students from more than 30 states and 15 different countries. Students define their path through intentional advising, service learning, common experiences and internships all guided by the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which provide learning experiences and opportunities that promote success for all students. 

    Learn More
  • High Point University

    All education programs at High Point University are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Our faculty includes former school superintendents, classroom teachers, school psychologists, principals and curriculum specialists, all of whom are currently engaged in scholarship and public school, K–12 initiatives.

    Learn More
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University

    Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary or Middle Grades Education is a nationally recognized program built upon exceptional partnerships with public schools throughout central and western North Carolina.

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  • Meredith College

    Meredith is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city and one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the country. Our campus is just minutes from downtown, which boasts a bustling arts, nightlife, retail, and culinary scene. Raleigh is home to renowned museums of art, history and science; several colleges and universities; the Carolina Hurricanes pro hockey team; and a number of the region’s top companies. Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park are just minutes away. Meredith College offers teacher licensure at the undergraduate level as well as in our Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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  • Methodist University

    Methodist University is committed to preparing dynamic, engaging teachers who are prepared to teach all children. Our graduates go on to successful careers in their chosen field and regularly receive awards for their teaching ability.

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  • Mid-Atlantic Christian University

    Mid-Atlantic Christian University is a private institution founded in 1948 to transform ordinary people into extraordinary Christian leaders. Students major in a host of programs that serve the kingdom of God through either vocational ministry or through the marketplace. One of the hallmark programs at MACU is its teacher education program. Teacher education graduates are employed up and down the east coast and even in countries like Vietnam.

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  • North Carolina A&T State University

    From our roots as an 1890 land-grant university, North Carolina A&T has expanded and adapted to become an institution well suited for the 21st century and beyond.  We believe in the power of our students to solve problems, both local and global, through technology, business, engineering, the arts and other endeavors.

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  • North Carolina Wesleyan College

    North Carolina Wesleyan College is a small, private liberal arts college located on a 200-acre campus just north of the city of Rocky Mount. The College was founded in 1956. It enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time students at the Rocky Mount campus and serves roughly 1,250 adult students with evening programs in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, Raleigh, Wilmington, Brunswick, Greenville, Manteo, Durham, Washington and Whiteville.

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  • North Carolina State University

    At NC State University, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a preeminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.

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  • Pfeiffer University

    A private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Pfeiffer’s mission is to prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning. Its regional network of campuses includes a traditional undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, North Carolina, approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, a Charlotte campus and a Raleigh-Durham campus.

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  • Salem College

    Founded by the Moravian Church, Salem is an independent college committed to the liberal arts and the preparation of professional educators.  Located in historic Old Salem in the city of Winston-Salem, Salem College seeks to demonstrate the relevance of more than two centuries of liberal arts education to the demands of contemporary society. In addition to serving women, Salem College also admits men ages 23 and over into the adult and graduate education programs, including teacher education.  Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to North Carolina teacher licensure.

    Learn More
  • Queens University of Charlotte

    Founded in 1857, Queens University is a small, private, co-ed, masters-level university focused on tailoring dynamic students in and outside of the classroom. In all of our programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborative learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work and the value and necessity of lifelong learning.

    Learn More
  • University of Mount Olive

    The University of Mount Olive is a Christian faith-based, values-centered private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition. We serve our students, our founding church and our communities. 

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Asheville

    As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte

    The Cato College of Education prepares passionate, effective educators who have a lasting impact on their students and communities. Our professors are recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Hands-on training in Charlotte's vibrant school system helps graduates be ready to teach on day one of their careers.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro

    Professional education at UNCG provides transformative experiences rich in real-world learning opportunities and innovative practice in the Self Design Studio and Mursion Lab. Students engage in more than 1,000 hours of internships, practicums, and community engaged scholarship.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Pembroke

    The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master’s-level university with a spirited community of more than 7,100 students. With a wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings, fantastic Pembroke faculty and a diverse community of cultures, ideas and organizations at their fingertips, UNCP students are poised to excel in life. 

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    High quality programs, outstanding faculty, extensive opportunities for hands-on learning through classroom placements, community outreach and travel are a few of the reasons future teachers choose UNCW's Watson College of Education. Get involved. Become a teacher. Change lives.

    Learn More
  • Wake Forest University

    Wake Forest University prepares teacher leaders to work with diverse students in K-12 schools. Through strong academics and extensive fieldwork in local public schools, our candidates become caring and effective teachers.

    Learn More
  • Western Carolina University

    At Western Carolina University, our students engage in challenging teacher education coursework, extensive field experiences and close working relationships with professors. Our graduates have higher than average teacher placement rates and over 96 percent are rated proficient or higher in their first three years of employment.

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  • Western Governors University North Carolina

    As of January 2019, Western Governors University serves 113,593 students, with a global network of 131,833 graduates. The majority (more than 75 percent) are from federally-defined underserved populations: low income, minority, first-generation college students, and rural students.

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  • William Peace University

    Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, WPU students develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers and skills for ethical citizenship. William Peace University is ranked in the top 10 percent for Effective Teaching (National Survey of Student Engagement) and boasts a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. We offer programs in Elementary Education, Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education General Curriculum, along with programs in Middle School English/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

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  • Wingate University

    Wingate is a comprehensive, independent and growing university that serves more than 3,600 students in North Carolina. The mission of Wingate University is to develop educated, ethical and productive global citizens.

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  • Winston-Salem State University

    Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System since 1972, is a historically black university and recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population.

    Learn More

Graduate Programs

If you have a bachelor's degree already, check out our partners that offer programs at the graduate level.

  • Appalachian State University

    As a premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference.

    Learn More
  • Barton College

    The Teacher Education Program seeks to instill in its graduates a love of learning, an interest in continued professional growth, reflection on one’s teaching effectiveness, and the confidence that results from membership in a supportive community.

    Learn More
  • Campbell University

    The master’s degree programs in the School of Education at Campbell University provide additional depth and specialization by assisting practicing professionals to relate theory and research to current professional practices, trends and issues. Core courses in theoretical foundations, research, ethics, curriculum and contexts support licensure specialization.

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  • Chowan University

    The School of Graduate Studies maintains emphasis on academic excellence, service and commitment to Christian higher education. Small classes, individual attention and a faculty dedicated to teaching define the Chowan University academic experience. Graduate students will discover a challenging, academic environment of learning, mentoring and professional growth.

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  • East Carolina University

    ECU is a nationally recognized public institution in the United States that is committed to extensive research, teaching and service aimed at making an impact in eastern North Carolina and around the world. The university equips future generations of men and women in becoming tomorrow’s new leaders.

    Learn More
  • Elizabeth City State University

    Elizabeth City State University, a public institution, is a constituent of the University of North Carolina System. The mission of ECSU is to promote economic, social and environmental progress for the citizens of northeastern North Carolina, the state and nation.  

    Learn More
  • Elon University

    Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs.

    Learn More
  • Fayetteville State University

    Fayetteville State's academic programs consistently rank number one in multiple areas and among the most affordable in the nation. With one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, we provide a world-class education at a fraction of the price.

    Learn More
  • Greensboro College

    Greensboro College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Methodist Church. It was established in 1838 and is located on 60 acres of tree-line property in the Greensboro’s historic district. The College serves approximately 1000 diverse students from more than 30 states and 15 different countries. Students define their path through intentional advising, service learning, common experiences and internships all guided by the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which provide learning experiences and opportunities that promote success for all students.

    Learn More
  • High Point University

    All education programs at High Point University are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Our faculty includes former school superintendents, classroom teachers, school psychologists, principals and curriculum specialists, all of whom are currently engaged in scholarship and public school, K–12 initiatives.

    Learn More
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University

    Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. The Master of Arts in Teaching provides students with the opportunity to earn both a graduate degree and North Carolina teaching certification. The program is designed for students who have earned a non-education undergraduate degree and wish to pursue secondary teacher or certain K-12 teacher licensure areas.

    Learn More
  • Meredith College

    Meredith is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city and one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the country. Our campus is just minutes from downtown, which boasts a bustling arts, nightlife, retail, and culinary scene.

    Learn More
  • Methodist University

    Methodist University is committed to preparing dynamic, engaging teachers who are prepared to teach all children. Our graduates go on to successful careers in their chosen field and regularly receive awards for their teaching ability.

    Learn More
  • North Carolina A&T State University

    From our roots as an 1890 land-grant university, North Carolina A&T has expanded and adapted to become an institution well suited for the 21st century and beyond.  We believe in the power of our students to solve problems, both local and global, through technology, business, engineering, the arts and other endeavors.

    Learn More
  • North Carolina State University

    At NC State University, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a preeminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.

    Learn More
  • Pfeiffer University

    A private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Pfeiffer’s mission is to prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning. Its regional network of campuses includes a traditional undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, North Carolina, approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, a Charlotte campus and a Raleigh-Durham campus.

    Learn More
  • Salem College

    Founded by the Moravian Church, Salem is an independent college committed to the liberal arts and the preparation of professional educators.  Located in historic Old Salem in the city of Winston-Salem, Salem College seeks to demonstrate the relevance of more than two centuries of liberal arts education to the demands of contemporary society. In addition to serving women, Salem College also admits men ages 23 and over into the adult and graduate education programs, including teacher education.  Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to North Carolina teacher licensure.

    Learn More
  • Queens University of Charlotte

    Founded in 1857, Queens University is a small, private, co-ed, masters-level university focused on tailoring dynamic students in and outside of the classroom. In all of our programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborative learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work and the value and necessity of lifelong learning.

    Learn More
  • University of Mount Olive

    The University of Mount Olive is a Christian faith-based, values-centered private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition. We serve our students, our founding church and our communities.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Asheville

    As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed research program foster innovation as well as recognition.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, serves North Carolina, the United States and the world through teaching, research and public service. We embrace an unwavering commitment to excellence as one of the world’s great research universities.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte

    The Cato College of Education prepares passionate, effective educators who have a lasting impact on their students and communities. Our professors are recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Hands-on training in Charlotte's vibrant school system helps graduates be ready to teach on day one of their careers.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro

    Professional education at UNCG provides transformative experiences rich in real-world learning opportunities and innovative practice in the Self Design Studio and Mursion Lab. Students engage in more than 1,000 hours of internships, practicums, and community engaged scholarship.

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Pembroke

    The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master’s-level university with a spirited community of more than 7,100 students. With a wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings, fantastic Pembroke faculty and a diverse community of cultures, ideas and organizations at their fingertips, UNCP students are poised to excel in life. 

    Learn More
  • University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    High quality programs, outstanding faculty, extensive opportunities for hands-on learning through classroom placements, community outreach and travel are a few of the reasons future teachers choose UNCW's Watson College of Education. Get involved. Become a teacher. Change lives.

    Learn More
  • Wake Forest University

    Wake Forest University prepares teacher leaders to work with diverse students in K-12 schools. Through strong academics and extensive fieldwork in local public schools, our candidates become caring and effective teachers.

    Learn More
  • Western Carolina University

    At Western Carolina University, our students engage in challenging teacher education coursework, extensive field experiences and close working relationships with professors. Our graduates have higher than average teacher placement rates and over 96 percent are rated proficient or higher in their first three years of employment.

    Learn More
  • Western Governors University North Carolina

    Online, flexible and affordable (half of what you would pay at other online universities). Each student is assigned a mentor from the education field who provides personalized support. WGU is CAEP Accredited, ranked top one percent in Teacher Preparation, and number one nationwide in producing STEM teachers.

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  • William Peace University

    Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, WPU students develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers and skills for ethical citizenship. William Peace University is ranked in the top 10 percent for Effective Teaching (National Survey of Student Engagement) and boasts a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. We offer licensure-only programs in Elementary Education, Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education General Curriculum, and Special Education Adapted Curriculum.

    Learn More
  • Winston-Salem State University

    Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System since 1972, is a historically black university and recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population.

    Learn More
  • Wingate University

    Wingate is a comprehensive, independent and growing university that serves more than 3,600 students in North Carolina. The mission of Wingate University is to develop educated, ethical and productive global citizens.

    Learn More

Other Programs Serving North Carolina

Other programs serving North Carolina are separated into two categories:

  • Institutions of Higher Education with Approved EPPs: Educator preparation programs housed within a college or university.
  • Additional Authorized EPPs: Educator preparation programs that provide an alternative route to licensure, not housed within a college or university.

Institutions of Higher Education with Approved EPPs

Bennett College

Catawba College

Duke University

Gardner-Webb University

Greensboro College

Guilford College

Lees-McRae College

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Livingstone College

Mars Hill University

Montreat College

North Carolina Central University

Saint Andrews University

Saint Augustine's University

Shaw University

Additional Authorized EPPs

Central Carolina Teaching Initiative

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Guilford County Schools

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