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We partner with several universities across our state to offer various teacher certification options. Check out the details below.

Becoming Certified to Teach

Residency Licensure:

The residency license is a new licensure pathway that is replacing what is known as lateral entry. Lateral entry licenses and pathways ceased to be offered beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. 

What is the Residency License and its requirements? The residency license is a one-year pathway, renewable up to two times (for a total of three years). It is for candidates that meet the content requirements of licensure but may still need pedagogy requirements. All requirements to convert a Residency License to either an Initial Professional License (IPL) or Continuing Professional License (CPL) must be completed before the expiration of the second renewal of the Residency License. Individuals must meet the following requirements:

  1. holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree;
  2. has either completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area; *Teach For America Corps Members are required to take and pass the content examinations for requested licensure area
  3. is enrolled in a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a four-point scale for formal admission to approved North Carolina EPPs, and;
  4. meets all other requirements established by the NCSBE, including completing preservice requirements prior to teaching
  5. if assigned to teach elementary, you must pass the Foundations of Reading exam and the Elementary Education: Mathematics - CKT (7803)
  6. If assigned to teach a middle school core content area (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) or a foreign language, you must pass the PRAXIS II subject area exam for your content area
  7. If assigned to teach a high school core content area (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), you must pass the PRAXIS II subject area exam for your content area and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12) exam, which are administered by Educational Testing Service

Upon hire with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or Guilford County Schools, corps members are required to pay a processing fee of $100 in order to apply for a North Carolina Residency License, which is valid for three years and renewed annually.

Licensure Partners:

Enroll in coursework through one of our partners:

  • East Carolina University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte (Charlotte site only)
  • Guilford County Schools Alternative Certification Track (Piedmont-Triad site only)

Master's Degree Option

Although a graduate-level degree is not required in North Carolina, if you choose, you can obtain a master's degree during your TFA commitment through one of the universities below: 

University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNCC) offers a master's of art in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program exclusively for Teach For America corps members.

North Carolina A&T State University

University of North Carolina - Greensboro

TFA Training

What to Expect

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts required summer training. Here are some details about what to expect:

  • Regional Induction: Meet regional staff and fellow corps members, and get to know the  community where you will live and work. Estimated dates May 28-31, 2019 in Charlotte-Piedmont Triad.
  • Five-Week Summer Institute: Intensive summer training with fellow TFA corps members, likely in Atlanta, GA.
  • Regional Orientation: After summer institute, we will gather in Charlotte-Piedmont Triad to continue orienting to the work in our community. This will occur over one to two weeks.

Estimated Costs

You will need to cover travel expense to induction, summer institute and regional orientation. All housing and meals will be provided during induction and summer institute.


Leadership coaches work with corps members to identify big goals for their classroom. From there, they coach and develop corps members through 1:1 meetings, classroom observations, and group professional development. Meet our coaches:

  • Michael Sheffield: Piedmont-Triad second-years
  • John Gesiatto: Piedmont-Triad first-years
  • Jordan Pineda: Charlotte first-years
  • Deborah Goddard: Charlotte first-years
  • Philana Woods: Charlotte first-years
  • Natalie Cowart: Charlotte second-years
  • Brandon Helleman: Charlotte second-years
  • Jhermel Goss: Charlotte second-years
  • Katie Iraheta: Charlotte second-years