What does it mean to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow?
About the program
North Carolina Teaching Fellows is a competitive, merit-based, forgivable loan program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school.
The purpose of the program is to recruit, prepare, and support students residing in or attending institutions of higher education located in North Carolina to become highly effective STEM or special education teachers in the State’s public schools.
- What have real Teaching Fellows said?
- What are the benefits?
- Receive to $4,125 per semester for up to eight semesters.
- Study at a premier educator preparation program in North Carolina.
- Benefit from meaningful program activities to enrich your studies.
- Have the opportunity to network with other educational leaders.
- Secure loan forgiveness by teaching in a Special Education or STEM field in a North Carolina public school, traditional or charter.
- Am I eligible?
To be eligible you have to meet these three requirements:
Get accepted in an educator preparation program leading to initial licensure in an eligible area (STEM and Special Education) at one of the five partner institutions listed below.
Be one of the following.
- A North Carolina high school senior; able to use award up to 4 years
- A student applying to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions; able to use award up to 3 years
- A student already enrolled at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program; able to use award up to 2 years
- An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions; able to use award up to 2 years
Meet the minimum academic requirements.
- High school applicants or applicants with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and have scored at least a 24 on the ACT or a 1,170 on the SAT.
- Applicants with more than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
- How do I apply?
Fill out an application with your personal and academic information, along with your high school or college transcripts and test score reports, as needed. An essay and experience section must also be completed.
Once submitted, all applications undergo an initial screening and review. An email will notify you if you have been selected for a finalist interview. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your background and experience; your interest in teaching; and how you would handle scenarios involving typical challenges that a teacher would face in their classroom.
Learn more about the application process here.
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