How to Become a Teacher in North Carolina

As of 2012, North Carolina had a population of 1.4 million students in 2,512 public schools. About 99,290 fully-licensed teachers are currently employed within the state to education this student population. This article will explain the steps required in becoming a teacher in North Carolina.

Teacher’s Salary in North Carolina

The average salary for a North Carolina certified teacher is $43,922, which is around $5,000 higher than the national average. However, this figure does not accurately reflect all the average salaries for all counties, which can range between $30,430 and $67,280. Salary increases are dictated by the state’s mandated minimum salary schedule based on an educator’s experience.

Education Requirements

North Carolina has several resources for teacher licensure, the best one of which is through the Public Schools of North Carolina‘s website. The standard teacher certification in North Carolina requires a bachelor’s degree and completion of a state-approved, accredited teacher education program, usually involving student teaching experience. Additionally, teachers applying from out of state may also apply. Additional testing requirements may apply for those applying for reciprocal licensure. Start here for more specific requirements and appropriate applications. You can find a step-by-step guide here.

North Carolina Teaching Certification

In North Carolina, teachers can be certified in two common ways: (1) by completing a state approved teacher education program from an approved, accredited college or university (generally, a bachelor’s degree with a student teaching program); or (2) by completing another state’s approved route to teacher certification, meeting certain federal standards for “Highly Qualified” teachers, and possessing a bachelor’s degree. Applications can take up to six weeks for processing. Other provisional licenses are issued through the office, and licenses are valid for five years. Beginning teachers should click here for more information. To access steps to obtaining a North Carolina teacher certification, click here. For relevant forms and other information, please click here.

Required Tests

North Carolina does not require examinations for all teachers, but may require the Praxis I and/or Praxis II. A bachelor’s degree, coupled with a completed teacher education program, is the most typical route to North Carolina teacher certification, and does not typically require extra testing. Reciprocal teachers and specific subject area educators may require testing, as might examinations for National Board Certification.

State Certification Reciprocity

In North Carolina, you can obtain teacher certification if you are already certified in another state. North Carolina must approve your license, and you must meet the federal standards for “Highly Qualified” teachers. Additionally, you must possess a bachelor’s degree. Granting reciprocity is common in North Carolina, especially to those who have worked as teachers for some time in other states. North Carolina Public Schools has more information here.

Helpful Resources

Appalachian State University

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Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Barton College

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200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, NC 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bennett College for Women

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900 E Washington St
Greensboro, NC 27401-3239
(336) 517-2100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Brevard College

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One Brevard College Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 883-8292

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Campbell University

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450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
(910) 893-1200 Ext: 1265

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Catawba College

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2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 637-4111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Chowan University

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One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
(252) 398-6500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

East Carolina University

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East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Elizabeth City State University

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1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335-3400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Elon University

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100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC 27244-2010
(336) 278-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Fayetteville State University

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1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Gardner-Webb University

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Main St
Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997
(704) 406-2361

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Greensboro College

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815 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401-1875
(336) 272-7102

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

High Point University

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833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, NC 27262-3598
(336) 841-9000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Isothermal Community College

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286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160-0804
(828) 286-3636

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Johnson C Smith University

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100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216-5398
(704) 378-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lees-McRae College

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191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-5241

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Lenoir Community College

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231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502-0188
(252) 527-6223

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Lenoir-Rhyne University

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625 7th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-1741

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Livingstone College

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701 W Monroe St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 216-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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