Paraeducators, teaching assistants and substitutes have unique pathways to a teaching license.
North Carolina educator prep programs want committed candidates with unique experiences that prepare them for success. Your district may have scholarships and other programs like TAs to Teachers that can help you into the profession that you already love.
- 54Educator Prep Programs
- $53,000Average Teacher Salary
- 115Public school districts and charters
What it Takes
Earn your degree.
You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to get your teaching license in North Carolina. Some bachelor’s programs allow you to earn your license alongside your bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can attend an alternative licensure or a master's degree program with a licensure option.
Complete an Educator Prep Program
Decide which grades and subjects you want to teach and then apply to a program that offers your preferred endorsements. Browse our partner programs to find one that fits in your life. You can find programs that are part-time, hybrid online and offline, and alternative programs that cater to working professionals.
Pass State Licensure Assessments
Find all the information for the kind of assessment you’ll need in your grade and subject area by browsing our assessment guide. Once you’ve passed the assessments, you’re ready to start leading a classroom!
Paths to Teaching
- If you need to earn an undergraduate degree, some degree programs offer part-time options that allow you to keep your job. You may choose to earn your degree first, then enroll in an educator preparation program for school employees or one with a paid internship.
- If you already have a degree, consider an alternate route to certification or graduate program. You can find an alternative program by browsing the program explorer.
TAs to Teachers
- The TAs to Teachers program encourages Teaching Assistants to pursue teaching licenses either full-time or part-time through financial assistance and academic leave opportunities.
- Through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, each participating school board may grant TAs academic leave to pursue their teaching license. Each school board may also award up to five TAs as much as $4,600 each per year toward the cost of tuition.
Talk to a TeachNC Coach
- We get it—becoming a teacher is a big decision with many choices to make along the way. You don’t have to do it alone. A coach can walk you through program options, application steps, and answer any questions you have along the way.
- If you're ready to level up your career in education, coaches are ready with personalized advice and insights whenever you need.