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North Carolina Teaching Fellows

Want to teach STEM, special education or K-6 in North Carolina? Get financial support to cover the cost.

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What is NC Teaching Fellows?

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North Carolina Teaching Fellows helps future teachers pay for their teaching program. As a Teaching Fellow, you’ll receive up to $10,000 a year in forgivable student loans. That means you don’t have to pay them back! 

If you’re committed to teaching special education, elementary education K-6 or STEM (that’s science, technology, engineering and math classes) you could be eligible!

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program believes in recruiting, supporting and equipping future teachers to make a difference in North Carolina schools. 

We invest in you. You invest in the future.


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How it works

  1. 1

    Apply to a partner teaching program. There are ten select partner teaching programs at North Carolina universities.

  2. 2

    Apply to the NC Teaching Fellows program. You can visit their page here to apply online.

  3. 3

    Commit to teaching special education, STEM or grades K-6. You’ll have lots of degree options within these licensure areas to choose from.  

  4. 4

    Receive up to $10,000 per year in forgivable loans. Sometimes this is called a financial award.

  5. 5

    In exchange, you’ll “repay” your loans by teaching in NC schools. For each year you receive the award, you’ll teach for one year in a school identified as “low-performing” or two years in another NC school.

“I’m going to UNCC pretty much debt-free. The Teaching Fellows Scholarship helped me to establish financial security. Once you’re in the program it’s about enrichment and having access to resources and information you wouldn’t normally receive. That’s what I think Teaching Fellows offers.” 

Bryan Chung, UNCC Teaching Fellows Student

Partner Teaching Programs

You can qualify for NC Teaching Fellows when you attend one of these partner programs!