How to Earn Teacher Certification in North Carolina (2023)

Interested in learning how to become a teacher in North Carolina? Knowing the requirements to become a teacher, andearning your North Carolina teacher certification is a critical stepto beginning a teaching career in public schools.

There are several different pathways available to fit a variety of situations-whether you’re just applying to a teaching degree or endorsement program, you’re a teacher moving to North Carolina, or you’re looking for alternative routes to gain teacher certification.

Read on to learn about the different ways to earning teacher certification in North Carolina, andcheck out the video below for key facts about teaching in the state.


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) monitors and regulates the licensing process for teachers throughout the state. The NCDPI offers two levels of professional licensure for educators:

Initial License:First-time teaching candidates should work towards earning this license. They are valid for three years and are nonrenewable. Although the NCDPI does not require candidates to complete a background check, the school district you seek employment with will. You can find specific education and testing requirements below.

Continuing License:This license is available for teachers with three or more years of experience. It is valid for five years and can be renewed.

Meet the Minimum Education Requirements for North Carolina

To earn your teacher certification in North Carolina, you should start by earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. The bachelor’s degree should be in the field of education that you are interested in teaching. The school you earn your degree through should also offer a state-approved teacher education program that you will complete in addition to your degree. Both a bachelor’s degree and completion of a teacher education program are required to earn your teacher license in North Carolina. Make sure that your education aligns with the grade level and subject matter that you intend to teach.

Student Teaching

Completing a student teaching experience will be required by your teacher education program. This experience is vital for becoming a certified teacher. While many jobs provide on the job training or training before you start, teaching typically does not. Once you start teaching, you are in charge of your own classroom and having previous experience is vital. That’s why gaining teaching experience as a student is necessary to earn your teacher certification.

Pass the North Carolina Certification Exams

Prior to applying for your North Carolina teaching license, you should pass the appropriate certification exam. There are two primary exam options:

Praxis I:- A Praxis II exam should be taken for middle grades 6-9, secondary 9-12, and K-12 including Exceptional Children: General Curriculum certification candidates. The exact Praxis II exam you should take will vary depending on the subject and grade level you seek to teach. You can find more information on specific exams in the Specialty Certification section later in the article.

Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum:These exams are offered by Pearson testing services for NCDPI. You should take both exams if you intend to earn your certification in Elementary Education K-6 or in Exceptional Children: General Curriculum K-12.

Foundations of Reading General Curriculum
Format 100 multiple-choice questions, two open-response questions. Multi-Subject sub-test: 55 multiple-choice questions, one open-response. Mathematics subtest: 45 multiple-choice questions, one open-response.
Time Four hours Multi-Subject sub-test: 2 hours. Mathematics subtest: 2 and a half hours. Both sub-tests in a single session: 4 hours.
Fee $139 $94 per sub-test; $139 for both subtest taken in a single sitting.
Passing Score 229 227 per sub-test
Framework Multiple-choice section covers: Foundations of Reading Development, Development of Reading Comprehension, and Reading Assessment and Instruction. Open-response section covers: Integration of Knowledge and Understanding. Multi-subject sub-test: Language Arts, History and Social Science, Science and Technology/Engineering, Integration of Knowledge and Understanding. Mathematics sub-test: Numbers and Operations, Functions and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Statistics and Probability, Integration of Knowledge and Understanding.


You can apply for licensure in North Carolina by creating a NCDPI Online Licensure System account. Not only can you start and submit your certification application through this account, but it will also be where you renew your license or update your contact information.

Along with your application, you will also need to submit your official college transcripts, verify that you have completed an approved teacher education program, have your test scores sent to NCDPI by the testing administrator, such as Pearson or Praxis, and pay all required processing fees.

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How Much Do Teachers in North Carolina Make?

When it comes to salaries, remember that teachers with a higher level of education, such as a master’s degree, typically make more than their fellow teachers. Also, certain school districts and even certain schools may pay their teachers more.

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Position Median Annual Salary
Early Childhood Educator $28,350
Elementary School Teacher $48,130
High School Teacher $49,080
Special Education Teacher $48,350
School Administrator $76,690


Job Growth for High School Teachers through 2031

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, 2021

Specialty Certifications

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the testing requirements you must meet as a North Carolina educator will vary depending on the certification you seek to earn. Below you can find detailed information about what tests you must take and pass to gain your initial license. Remember, for each of the following certification areas, you must also meet all of the NCDPI licensure requirements unless otherwise stated.

Early Childhood Education

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Aside from the general education and testing requirements for student teachers set forth by the North Carolina State Department of Education, those who wish to teach students inEarly Childhood Education, specifically from birth to Kindergarten, are not required to take any additional certification exams.

Elementary – Middle School Teacher

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Elementary educationin North Carolina covers Kindergarten through sixth grade. There are two tests you must take and pass if you intend on earning your certification as an elementary school teacher, the Pearson “Foundations of Reading” and “General Curriculum.” You can find a chart detailing the exact testing information in the ‘Pass the North Carolina Certification Exams’ section at the beginning of this article.

Middle school teachers must take the Praxis II Middle Grades exam that corresponds to their subject area of expertise. There are four subject areas available for certification at this grade level:

Language Arts:The Praxis II test for language arts is broken up into four content categories. You must be proficient in each category to pass the exam: Reading; Language Use and Vocabulary; Writing, Speaking, and Listening; and English Arts Instruction.

Mathematics:The Mathematics Praxis II exam is broken up into only two categories: Arithmetic and Algebra; and Geometry and Data.

Science:Six distinct content categories make up the science Praxis II exam: Science Inquiry, Methodology, Techniques, and History; Basic Principles of Matter and Energy; Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences; Science, Technology, and Society.

Social Studies:This Praxis II exam will test you on the following content areas: United States History, World History, Government/Civics, Geography, and Economics. There will also be a section of three short response essays. They will test your knowledge of: United States History, related to Government/Civics; World History, related to Geography; and U.S. History, related to Economics or Geography or World History, related to Economics or Government/Civics.

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Secondary School Teacher

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The grade level range that offers teachers the most options in terms of subject areas for certification issecondary education. These teachers can earn certification in subjects such as biology, English, geography, and even sociology. To earn a specific secondary certification, you will need to pass the Praxis II test that corresponds to the subject you seek to teach.

All secondary teachers will also need to pass the Praxis “Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12” exam. This exam is meant to test your knowledge of the teaching process. It will cover topics such as: Students as Learners; Instructional Process; Assessment; and Professional, Development, Leadership and Community.

Substitute Teacher Certification

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The NCDPI does not offersubstitute teacher certifications. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher you should contact your local school district. Each school district will have its own rules and regulations for substitute teacher candidates, such as having a bachelor’s degree. Many even promote substitute teachers having a teacher certification by paying them more per assignment.

Physical Education (PE) Certification

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There are two Praxis II testing options for a teacher seeking to become certified in PE; both allow you to work within grades K-12:

Health andPhysical Education:The health section of this exam covers: Health Education as a Discipline/Health instruction and Health Education Content. The PE section of the exam will cover: Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development; Management, Motivation, and Communication/Collaboration, Reflection, and Technology; and Planning, Instruction, and Student Assessment.

Physical Education:If you are interested in teaching the health aspects of PE you must take the exam above. If you are only interested in teaching PE, this exam will meet the testing requirement. It covers: Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development; Management, Motivation, and Communication; Planning, Instruction, and Student Assessment; and Collaboration, Reflection, and Technology.

Special Education Certification

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Earning yourspecial educationcertification in North Carolina requires extensive testing. First, all Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12) certification candidates must pass the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams detailed at the beginning of this article.

From there, each candidate must pass the Praxis Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge exam. This exam covers English, math, citizenship and social science, and science. In addition, you will need to take and pass the Praxis II exam that corresponds to the particular population you seek to work with. These can include: Adapted Curriculum; Behaviorally/emotionally Disabled; Cross Categorical; General Curriculum; Learning Disabled; Mentally Disabled; Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled; or Visually Impaired.

English as a Second Language Certification

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In North Carolina, teachers forESLare certified to teach K-12. To gain this certification, they must pass the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages exam. Before taking the exam, you should be proficient in these six content categories: Foundations of Linguistics; Foundations of Language Learning; Planning and Implementing Instruction; Assessment and Evaluation; Culture; and Professionalism and Advocacy.

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Certifications for School Administrators

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Before you can even begin the process for becoming aschool administrator, you must hold a North Carolina professional educator’s continuing license. From there, the requirements will vary depending on the administrative position you seek.

Superintendent:There are two routes to gain eligibility as a superintendent. You can have at least one year of experience as a principal and have an advanced graduate level degree in school administration or you can have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and five years of relevant experience in leadership or management.
Before you can serve as a superintendent, the State Board of Education must verify that you are an eligible candidate. If you are approved, the local board of education will then have the opportunity to elect you to the position.

Principal:There is only one route to becoming a principal in North Carolina; you must complete an approved program in school administration at the master’s level or higher. No provisional licenses are offered.

Assistant Principal:You must complete an approved program in school administration at themaster’s levelor higher. Alternatively, provisional principal licenses are issued if the local board of education determines there is a shortage of qualified assistant principal candidates. If you earn a provisional license, you must start and complete a master’s level school administrator program within three school years.

Certificate vs Certification


A certificate is awarded by an educational institution, and signifies that a student has satisfactorily completed a given curriculum. Certificate programs can help students prepare for certification exams.


A certification is generally awarded by a trade group after an individual has met certain professional requirements (e.g. earned a specific degree, worked professionally in a given field for a set amount of time, etc.) and passed a certification exam.

In short, a certificate is evidence that someone has completed an educational program, while a certification denotes that someone has met a certain set of professional criteria and/or passed an exam.

Not all programs offered are designed to meet state educator licensing or advancement requirements; however, it may assist candidates in gaining these approvals in their state of residence depending on those requirements. Contact the state board of education in the applicable state(s) for requirements.

Teaching Reciprocity Agreements in North Carolina

When teachers move to a new state, they cannot immediately start looking for a teaching position; first they must seek reciprocity to gain an in-state license. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) works with states across the country to facilitate teacher movement through reciprocity. They do this through their Interstate Agreement. States that participate in this agreement write a statement documenting the reciprocity guidelines for their state.

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NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Yes, North Carolina does participate.
State Grants Full Reciprocity No, additional requirements must be met.
Coursework Requirements Out-of-state licensed candidates with three or more years of experience applying for the Elementary Education or Exceptional Children License are eligible to receive an Initial License. To convert to a Continuing License, the individual can submit evidence of passing the North Carolina Department of Instruction’s Reading and Mathematics Foundations courses
Test-out or Exemption The Pearson “Foundations of Reading” and “General Curriculum” assessment can be submitted in place of coursework requirements.
Assessment Requirements All out-of-state candidates must pass the Praxis II subject test that relates to the certification they seek. Candidates applying for Elementary Education or Exceptional Children General Curriculum Licenses must also pass the Pearson “Foundations of Reading” and “General Curriculum” test.
Different Requirements Based on Experience Out-of-state teachers with three or more years of teaching experience and who meet the assessment requirements or have national board certification may be able to apply for a Continuing License rather than an Initial License.
Performance Requirements Out-of-state candidates must submit evidence of their teacher effectiveness, based off the evaluations they received while teaching. Reciprocity applications that include evidence of the teacher’s effectiveness are prioritized for review. An individual who does not include evidence of their effectiveness with their application is only eligible for an Initial License.
Special Reciprocity for Advanced Credentials Although teachers who are fully licensed in another state with three or more years of teaching experience are eligible to receive a Continuing License, they must meet state testing requirements or have national board certification to gain the Continuing License.

Information reported by theEducation Commission of the States.

Alternate Teaching Certification

With teacher shortages across the country needing to be filled, alternative routes to teacher certification exist to help create new teachers without requiring teacher candidates to go back to school. This can be largely beneficial for recent college graduates or long-time professionals who earned their degree outside of the field of education.

Teach for America

In North Carolina, Teach for America (TFA) works within three key areas: Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Eastern North Carolina. In these areas, TFA seeks to find employment for diverse individuals anxious to begin a teaching career. When you work with TFA, you will work for two years in a high-needs school prior to earning your teaching certification. During this two-year commitment, you will work towards earning a North Carolina teacher certification by meeting all of the licensure requirements set forth by the NCDPI. Once you have earned your certification and completed your two-year commitment, you will be a certified teacher, independent from TFA, and able to find employment with a new school, if you choose.

Transition into Teaching for Career Changers

The NCDPI offers Lateral Entry as an alternative route for career changers seeking a teaching certification. This path allows qualified individuals to begin teaching right away and is initiated on your behalf by the school district that seeks to employ you. If you are approved, the NCDPI will authorize a three-year lateral entry professional educator’s license on a provisional basis. The license must correspond to your documented area of academic study. While you hold this license, you must work towards earning a North Carolina professional educator license.

Lateral entry can be broken down into five basic steps. First, you must qualify by passing the appropriate exam, which will either be a Praxis II exam that corresponds to your academic background or the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams. Next, you will need to find employment. If a school hires you, they will request a lateral entry license for you from the NCDPI. From there, you must enroll in an approved teacher education program that corresponds to the grade and subject level you are licensed to teach. The program will formulate a plan of study in which you will have three years to complete any and all coursework requirements.

Finally, once all coursework and testing requirements are completed, the institution that you have completed the program with will send a recommendation for licensure to the NCDPI. Once they review the recommendation and ensure that you have met all the requirements, you may be awarded your professional educator’s continuing license.


How long does it take to get a teaching certificate in NC? ›

Certification requires a bachelor's degree and the completion of a teacher preparation program approved by the state. You also must complete at least ten weeks of student teaching in an elementary classroom. Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in North Carolina?

How long is a teacher preparation program in North Carolina? ›

For mid-career professionals with at least a bachelor's degree, this program leads to a North Carolina teaching license and can be completed in three semesters with a mix of four online courses and two in-person classes on Saturdays once a month.

How much does it cost to get a NC teaching license? ›

HOW MUCH IS THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROGRAM? The total cost of the program is $4,895. Your promotion enrollment fee grants you access to your online teacher training to become eligible to teach. Once hired, you will then pay the remaining program balance of $4,600.

How can I teach in NC without a license? ›

North Carolina's alternative route to teaching licensure is known as Lateral Entry. This program allows those who have a degree begin teaching right away while receiving training to become a fully licensed teacher. Your area of licensure must correspond to your field of study/academic major.

What is a teacher's salary in North Carolina? ›

How much does a Public School Teacher make in North Carolina? The average Public School Teacher salary in North Carolina is $53,035 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $44,298 and $64,672.

How much do beginner teachers make in NC? ›

How much does an Entry Level Teacher make in North Carolina? The average Entry Level Teacher salary in North Carolina is $40,025 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $33,431 and $48,807.

Are teachers in demand in North Carolina? ›

According to data from the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association, North Carolina's public schools started the year with at least 4,469 teacher vacancies. That's an underestimate of the true problem, as just 98 of 115 school districts provided their data.

How much does a NC Pre K teacher make? ›

As of Oct 31, 2022, the average annual pay for a PRE K Teacher in North Carolina is $20,212 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $9.72 an hour. This is the equivalent of $388/week or $1,684/month.

What are 3 types of teacher preparation programs? ›

However, there are mainly five types of teacher-education programmes or institutions:
  • Pre-primary teacher education.
  • Primary teacher education.
  • Secondary teacher education.
  • Higher education programmes.
  • Vocational Teachers Training.

Do NC teachers get paid once a month? ›

A NC teacher can choose to receive her annual salary in 10 or 12 monthly payments.

How much do teachers get paid hourly NC? ›

As of Nov 7, 2022, the average annual pay for a School Teacher in North Carolina is $27,773 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $13.35 an hour. This is the equivalent of $534/week or $2,314/month.

What NC county pays teachers the most? ›

That includes Wake County Schools, which had the highest pay for teachers in the 2020-21 school year.

Can you become a teacher without teacher training? ›

To become a teacher, you'll need qualified teacher status (QTS) and to obtain QTS you must have a degree or a qualification equivalent to a UK degree.

Do you have to be certified to teach in North Carolina? ›

Meet the Minimum Education Requirements for North Carolina

Both a bachelor's degree and completion of a teacher education program are required to earn your teacher license in North Carolina. Make sure that your education aligns with the grade level and subject matter that you intend to teach.

Can a non qualified teacher teach? ›

Unqualified teachers can carry out 'specified work'

Activities that count as 'specified work' include: Planning and preparing lessons and courses for pupils. Delivering lessons to pupils. Assessing the development, progress and attainment of pupils.

Do NC teachers get paid in the summer? ›

No, technically, teachers do not get paid in the summer if they are not actively teaching. However, most teachers have the option to spread their pay for ten months of work over an entire 12 month period.

What kind of teacher is paid the most? ›

Professor. When you are looking for the best-paid teaching jobs for your area of interest or specialized skill, then you may consider working as a professor in a college or university. A college professor prepares course material, teaches students in a classroom environment, and grades student work.

What state pays teachers the most per hour? ›

New York is the top paying state for experienced teachers, with an average annual salary that tops $85,000 and a starting salary of $57,845.

Do school teachers get paid in the summer? ›

It's also worth noting that when teachers pay scales are set, the fact that we have good holidays will be factored in to that to some extent. However, none of that changes the fact that teachers pay is not pro-rata and then spread across the year: we are paid all year round, including receiving 13 weeks paid holidays.

How much do daycare teachers make in NC? ›

The average salary for a daycare teacher in North Carolina is $22,000 per year. Daycare teacher salaries in North Carolina can vary between $16,000 to $34,500 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

Which states pay teachers the most? ›

In 2021, the average K-12 public school teacher nationwide was paid $65,090. Average teacher pay was the highest in New York at $87,738, followed by Massachusetts and California. In three states — Mississippi, Florida, and South Dakota — teachers made less than $50,000 on average.

Which state pays new teachers the most? ›

Highest-Paid Teachers By State
RankStateAverage Teacher Salary
3New York$57,919
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2 Aug 2022

What state pays teachers the most 2022? ›

Highest pay for teachers by state
  • Washington, D.C.: $81,030.
  • New York: $76,390.
  • Massachusetts: $75,040.
  • Maryland: $72,040.
  • Rhode Island: $70,280.
  • California: $70,170.
  • Connecticut: $69,240.
  • Nevada: $68,160.

Do teachers with masters get paid more in NC? ›

Entry Level Teacher Salaries

Your starting salary, or entry level salary, is how much you'll make in your first year right after your teaching program. Starting salaries vary by district. You'll also earn a higher starting salary with a master's degree than you will with a bachelor's.

Do you need a degree to be a preschool teacher in NC? ›

Teachers working toward the required education and license shall hold a minimum of a BA/BS degree and the following requirements: (1) NC Initial Provisional Lateral Entry BK License, or (2) A North Carolina K‐6 license and a provisional Preschool Add‐on license, or (3) Another North Carolina or other state's license ...

What is the lowest salary for a preschool teacher? ›

How much does a Preschool Teacher make in the United States? The average Preschool Teacher salary in the United States is $36,390 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $32,910 and $41,430.

What is the highest paid preschool teacher? ›

Highest-Paid Preschool Teachers By State
RankStateAverage Preschool Teacher Salary
3New York$40,587
4New Mexico$38,878
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2 Aug 2022

What are teacher training courses? ›

What is Teacher Training Programs
  • Usually located at a university or college, a set of courses within a lineup of classes that provide a foundation for becoming an instructor. ...
  • Programs offered by higher education institutes to afford prospective teachers to obtain a formal qualification in teaching.

How many hours are NC teachers required to work? ›

The normal workday shall be eight (8) hours, with only those exceptions as specific job assignments may require. Qualification as a full-time employee shall require a minimum of a six (6) hour workday and a 30-hour workweek.

Do NC teachers get a pension? ›

The Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS) is a pension plan administered by the North Carolina Total Retirement Plans within the Department of State Treasurer (DST). Here, our mission is to preserve and protect this benefit for current and future public employees in North Carolina.

How many days do teachers in NC work? ›

In North Carolina, public school teachers are contracted to work 215 days across ten months. Time off falls under three categories: personal leave, sick leave and annual leave. Teachers can use sick leave, totaling ten days a year, without any money being pulled from their paychecks.

How much do teacher subs make in NC? ›

The salary range for a Certified Substitute Teacher job is from $34,169 to $46,768 per year in North Carolina.

How much do NC high school teachers Make? ›

How much does a High School Teacher make in Raleigh, NC? The average High School Teacher salary in Raleigh, NC is $60,500 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $49,000 and $75,300.

What is a principal's salary in NC? ›

How much does a School Principal make in North Carolina? The average School Principal salary in North Carolina is $108,504 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $95,841 and $122,062.

Is NC a good state to teach in? ›

In Mecklenburg, the current average teacher salary is $56,675. North Carolina's average teacher salary is around $54,392. North Carolina placed 28 out of 51 in the overall ranking of Best States for Teachers. New York, Utah, Virginia, Florida and Washington took the top five spots for best states for teachers.

What is the highest paying school district in NC? ›

Wake County public schools pays the highest average supplement in the state – $8,649 – followed by Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools – $7,904.

Is teaching in NC good? ›

According to the 2014 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey, 85% of teachers agreed that their school is a “good place to work and learn,” a nearly identical percentage in the 2020 survey.

How do you become a teacher if you don't have a degree? ›

You can work as an unqualified teacher in a secondary school/further education while training part-time or you can complete a University or College course such as the Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) or the Certificate of Education (CertEd), which both meet the requirements of Level 5 DET.

Can you do teacher training on the job? ›

Teacher Training

This route allows you to learn 'on the job' and earn a salary while you train towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It's an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years' transferable work history.

How do I become an early years teacher without a degree? ›

Can I become an early years teacher without a degree or my GCSE passes? If you do not currently have a degree, you will have to study and obtain one before being able to enter an ITT course. Alternatively, you could study for a specialist degree which would qualify you to teach early years (as explained below).

How many years does it take to become a teacher in NC? ›

Traditionally, a bachelor's degree program takes four years to complete. Therefore, it could take four years to earn an initial teaching license in North Carolina.

How do I get qualified teacher status? ›

Apply for qualified teacher status ( QTS )

You can obtain QTS by: applying to the Teaching Regulation Agency ( TRA ) undergoing an assessment to demonstrate you meet the standards for QTS (with no further training needed) completing a teacher training course in England.

What makes an unqualified teacher? ›

unqualified teacher means a teacher who does not hold an approved teacher's qualification. unqualified teacher means a teacher who is not a qualified teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Who can Who Cannot teach? ›

' George Bernard Shaw's 'Man and Superman'. The phrase from Shaw's drama series written in 1903 has survived the test of time to become a consistent irritation to teachers far and wide.

How long does it take to get a teaching certificate? ›

How many years do you have to study to be a teacher? The minimum number of years to become a qualified school teacher is four years.

How long does it take to get approval for teaching? ›

In your final two semesters of study you may be granted interim approval to teach which enables you to teach at a casual or temporary capacity in NSW public schools.

How long will it take before you qualify for teaching? ›

It typically takes between four and five years to become a teacher. That is the length of time required to complete a bachelor's degree, which is the minimum qualification for teachers, whether they are teaching elementary, middle school or high school.

How long it takes generally before you are qualified to be a teacher? ›

You may follow one of two routes in becoming a teacher, namely: a four-year Bachelor of Education degree (B. Ed.); a three-or four-year Bachelor's degree, followed by a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Once completed, both routes lead to classification as a professionally qualified teacher.

Can you teach without a teaching degree? ›

Do you need a teaching degree to teach? Nope! If you've earned a bachelor's degree in any subject you can enroll in an alternative teacher certification program to become a licensed teacher in the states.

Can I become a teacher without a degree? ›

To become a teacher, you'll need qualified teacher status (QTS) and to obtain QTS you must have a degree or a qualification equivalent to a UK degree.

What is the salary of a teacher? ›

The monthly salary of a degree teacher in Ghana is GHS1,987.678.

How long is a teacher interview? ›

Panel interviews or traditional Q&As: these usually last for 30–45 minutes with the head teacher, a governor and a classroom teacher or head of department. Check out our information about typical teaching interview questions to help you prepare.

How do I apply to become a teacher? ›

There are two ways to study to become a teacher: a 4-year Bachelor of Education (BEd) or. a 3-to-4-year Bachelor's degree, followed by 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

What's the fastest you can become a teacher? ›

If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may be able to become a teacher in just one year by enrolling in a master's in education programs for non-teachers with a licensure track.

Can I become a teacher at 40? ›

The short answer is: no, it's never too late to become a teacher.

Can I study teaching while working? ›

Doing a postgraduate online teaching degree can be done part-time without a break from your career.

What are the requirements before a teacher is hired? ›

The Bottom Line
  • Complete your bachelor's degree.
  • Complete student teaching (usually as your last semester of college)
  • Pass the exam(s) required by your state.
  • Obtain any required clearances, such as fingerprints or child abuse clearance.
  • Apply for your certificate in the state you wish to teach.

Are teaching jobs in demand? ›

The department of education predicts that the number of secondary school students will increase by 15% by 2027. Following this trend of teachers leaving the industry, demand for teachers has continued to increase.

How long is the average career of a teacher? ›

Years of teaching experience and grade level taughtTotalSuburban
Average number of years14.314.4
Years of teaching experience
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