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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.

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  • 54
    Educator Prep Programs
  • $53,000
    Average Teacher Salary
  • 115
    Public school districts and charters

What it Takes

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

     

  3. 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

You already work in a school, so you shouldn’t have to stop working to earn your teaching license. There is a path to licensure that works with your job and lifestyle. Consider some of these strategies to keep working (and earning) while you get your teaching license.
  • 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. 
  • Earn while you learn.
    • 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. 
  • Look for development opportunities.
    • Your school may participate in the TAs to Teachers program. Teaching Assistants may qualify for financial assistance when enrolling in a teacher licensure program. 
    • Alternative programs are a great way to fulfill licensure requirements with your on-the-job experience. If you already have your bachelor's degree, these programs may be perfect for you. The North Carolina Residency License, for example, puts you in the classroom while you earn your license. 
  • Use your benefits.

    Professional development may be baked right into your current job benefits!

    • Ask your supervisor about available professional development time. If you’re a paraprofessional or you’re getting certified for a critical needs subject area your school may invest in part of your education.
    • Your undergraduate or postgraduate educator preparation program may count for loan forgiveness or professional development. Check your employment contract, speak to an HR representative or ask your supervisor!

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. 

 

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