Students interested in receiving a North Carolina teacher license must first obtain a bachelor’s degree. Many universities offer programs in North Carolina teacher education that may be taken while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, allowing students to begin applying for a North Carolina teaching license upon graduation.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are the four largest teaching schools in North Carolina. The following will provide summaries of the education programs available at each university.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh’s Department of Education is highly regarded for its small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio, annual funding of $49.05 million, and large number of education-related degrees. These include 18 Bachelor of Science programs, 32 master’s degrees, and 10 doctoral degrees spread out over four departments: Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor Education; Elementary Education; Leadership, Policy, and Adult & Higher Education; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education. Licensure programs leading to certification for prospective educators not pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree are also available.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education ranks in the top 15% of education schools nationwide, with six of their education programs being ranked within the top 20 of their field. Fifteen bachelor’s-level programs are currently available, including early childhood development, elementary, and middle school education with specialized focuses for each, as well as various fields within science, math, and music education. Sixteen master’s-level degrees and eight doctoral programs are available, too. Numerous North Carolina teacher certification programs are also currently available for postbaccalaureate students not seeking a graduate degree.
The College of Education at East Carolina University has 10 undergraduate degrees available for the future educator, including seven Bachelor of Science programs covering the core fields of elementary school, middle school, English, mathematics, science, history, and special education, as well as three degrees related to business education. Additionally, the Wells Fargo Partnership East program allows for the first two years of the elementary school, middle school, and special education programs to be taken at community colleges before degrees are completed online or face-to-face through ECU.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s College of Education currently has five education-related degrees: special education for the elementary level or grades K-12; childhood development; elementary school; and middle school education. For these majors, students will specialize in two of four areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. However, students working towards a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in numerous fields may also take course work designed for licensure in the academic field related to their major, such as foreign languages, history, social sciences, and numerous physical sciences. Many graduate degrees, including 10 doctoral degrees and eight supplemental certification programs, are also offered.