Teach For America corps members are considered Lateral Entry teachers in the state of North Carolina, and will be issued a provisional license. All Lateral entry teachers must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum 2.5 G.P.A., and a passing score on the PRAXIS II test. Teach For America corps members will have two options for full teaching certification: a Teach For America three-year licensure program that requires committing to a third year of teaching, or enrolling in a teacher education program at our university partner, UNC-Charlotte, and working towards full licensure.
If they choose, corps members can obtain a master's degree during their two-year commitment in Charlotte. UNC-Charlotte offers a master's of art in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program exclusively for Teach For America corps members. Corps members can also choose to enroll in the graduate certification/licensure program, which is completed in one year. An initial application fee of approximately $60 (subject to change at the discretion of UNCC) is required. More information about these options will be provided to corps members upon acceptance.