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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.
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in 1–1.5 years. For elementary school, face-to-face courses are required. For middle and secondary schools, coursework is primarily online.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
University of North Carolina-Charlotte