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Corps members must pass a subject-specific exam called The Praxis II Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, before entering the classroom. Teach For America teachers in North Carolina who teach for three years and are in good standing with Teach For America receive their permanent license. For corps members who are unsure if they will teach for three years, permanent licensure can be obtained by completing an online program with our university partner, East Carolina University (ECU), for approximately $500. Corps members have the option to pursue a master’s degree in education from ECU with an emphasis on teacher leadership. Due to the unique structure of this program and the requirement to complete an internship after your second year of teaching, this degree can be completed during the summer after the conclusion of your corps commitment.
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in one year through our partner university. There are three options for certification: One year licensure coursework through East Carolina University; One year master's program through East Carolina University; teach for three years in placement district and earn NC license.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Yes. 36 credit Master of Education in Middle Grades Education offered through East Carolina University. Degree leads to licensure and is designed for Teach For America corps members of all grade levels. Corps members take courses during their second year of teaching.
Is a master's degree required?
East Carolina University