April 18, 2018

North Carolina Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $43,922
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $38,230

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in North Carolina schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary considerably depending on the grade level and subject area. You will to complete a North Carolina-approved teaching certification program. A list of approved programs is available in the second labeled Regionally Accredited Agencies/Institutions on this page:
Beginning, Out-of-State and International Teachers:
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in North Carolina, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site: http://www.ets.org | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site: http://www.ets.org | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of North Carolina has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about North Carolina Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in North Carolina for four years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the North Carolina State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
North Carolina State Board of Education
6302 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6302

Main phone number: 919. 807.3304 Or you can call at 919. 807.3304.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the North Carolina teacher certification process:

Public Schools of North Carolina:

North Carolina Licensure: