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 earned an average salary of $45,737 in 2013-14 according to the National Education Association. 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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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Educational Leadership & Management (Online)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Adult Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Integrative Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science in K-12 Studies in Education (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Reading and Literacy (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • PhD in K-12 Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Professional Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • EdD in Adult Education (Online)
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Science in English Language Learning and Teaching (Online)

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • 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)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)

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University of Dayton

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • MSE in Instructional Technology (K-12)
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (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)
  • M.Ed in Special Education - Non Endorsement (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Saint Mary's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Nova Southeastern University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning with a Curriculum & Instruction Specialization
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration & Leadership

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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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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*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