Become a Teacher in North Carolina

When you're driving along the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's easy to see why the song says "nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina." There's also a fine prospect to become a teacher in North Carolina, especially with the state receiving nearly $400 million in Race-to-the-Top funding this year. (1)

Teachers in North Carolina earn an average salary of $48,648—about $9,000 more than the average annual wage for the state as a whole. (2) Here are a few more useful facts about teaching in North Carolina:
  • North Carolina is home to 2,583 elementary and secondary schools (3)
  • There are nearly a million and a half students in North Carolina's schools (3)
  • North Carolina has hired about 10,000 new teachers over the past decade

Future North Carolina Teachers

Job prospects are excellent if you're planning to become a teacher in North Carolina. The field of educational services is third on the list of top growth industries for the 2006 to 2016 decade, with elementary school, middle school, secondary school and special education teachers all earning a spot on the list of fastest-growing occupations for bachelor's degree holders. (4)

Besides a bachelor's degree, you'll also need to finish an approved teacher preparation program and pass the appropriate Praxis tests to start teaching in North Carolina.

Current North Carolina Teachers and School Administrators

Current professional educators in North Carolina—both teachers and administrators—must renew their teaching licenses every five years by earning a specified number of teaching credits. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for earning those credits, ranging from in-service workshops to college education courses. You may also want to use your teaching background and go into school administration.

North Carolina Teachers in Demand

North Carolina is on the lookout for qualified educators, so the state has put some incentives in place to attract enthusiastic teachers. One of these is the Prezell R. Robinson Scholars Program, which awards a Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan (PTSL) to qualifying North Carolina high school students who plan to enter teacher preparation programs. There are also federal loan cancellation and deferment programs for future teachers.

Become a teacher in North Carolina and you can take advantage of these great job prospects. Start researching education programs today at the great schools below.

Sources:
Public Schools of North Carolina, unless otherwise indicated
(1) North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
(2) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(3) National Center for Education Statistics
(4) Employment Security Commission of North Carolina

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • BSPY - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Online College Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Student Affairs (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) (Online)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-9) (Online)
  • B.A. Special Education (Online)
  • Endorsement Prep Program in ELL (PK-12) (Online)
  • Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-9) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. Teaching --Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Social Science (5-12) (Online)
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design (Online)
  • M.Ed. Learning and Technology (Online)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.S. Special Education (K-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Math (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Social Science (5-12) (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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University of the Rockies

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Education
  • MA in Education - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • MA in Education - Distance Learning
  • MA in Psychology - Educational Leadership
  • PhD in Education
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • PhD in Education - Distance Learning
  • PsyD - Educational Leadership

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)

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Lewis University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services (Online)

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North Carolina

Strayer University

Campuses: Concord, Greensboro, Huntersville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Morrisville

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Instructional Technology
  • MEd - Teacher Leadership

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook