Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in the rural area of Eastern North Carolina—just an hour or two’s drive from the Triangle.
Are you searching for a teaching position in Eastern North Carolina for the school year?
Join Teach For America for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community in Eastern North Carolina. Teach For America (TFA) welcomes recent college graduates as well as candidates making a career change to education as well as applicants who have taught previously.
Teach For America’s Approach
Teach For America recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors. These leaders become “corps members,” and commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are full, salaried employees of local public schools, confronting both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many opt to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends. During their time with Teach For America, corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools.
In partnership with local universities such as East Carolina University (ECU), nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the E.N.C. region, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
Teach For America has 6,200 corps members in 50 regions, reaching more than 400,000 students in 2,500 schools.
While specific regional placement is not guaranteed, 80 percent of TFA's applicants are assigned to their most preferred location. We know that your personal location preferences are important. Read more below about our placement process.
Corps Member Eligibility
In order to be considered for a position with TFA, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient. You are not required to have a background in education.
In addition to these eligibility requirements, we seek people with a deep belief in the potential of every child, a strong record of achievement, and perseverance in the face of challenges, among other key values and experiences. Read more about the characteristics of strong corps members.
Working in Eastern North Carolina
As a corps member, you will be required to complete steps to become highly qualified in the subject(s) you’ll teach and work toward full teaching certification during your two-year commitment. Learn more about earning your teaching license and getting hired at a school.
Salary and Benefits
You’ll receive a salary and benefits from the school district, charter school, or pre-K center where you work. You’ll be paid the same as other beginning teachers working for the same employer. Salaries range for new teachers in Eastern North Carolina, but the average corps member makes about $35,000.
As a full-time TFA teacher, you are entitled to medical benefits through your school or district. Plans and costs vary, depending on where you teach. Read more on salary and benefits as a corps member, plus take a look at details on the cost of living in Eastern North Carolina.
You may also be eligible for additional financial incentives exclusively available to TFA corps members. Learn more about financial aid, including transitional funding packages.
Master’s Degree Option
Corps members in Eastern North Carolina can opt to pursue a master’s degree with East Carolina University beginning the summer after your second year of teaching. (You will not complete your master’s degree
If you do choose to pursue your master’s, be aware that corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about certification and training in E.N.C.
After Two Years
After your two-year commitment with TFA, you may choose to stay in the classroom for additional years of teaching. Some TFA alumni go on to work in school leadership, and many others go on to impact educational equity from another sector.
We are dedicated to making sure you have the resources and support you need to lead and continue to work towards change, with a dedicated TFA Eastern North Carolina support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Alumni working in K-12 schools
Alumni serving as school and district leaders
Teach For America’s Placement Process
TFA corps members teach in 50 regions. After applying and interviewing for TFA, you’ll have the opportunity to rank the regions where you prefer to teach.
Our placement process is designed to assign you to the region(s) you’re most interested in as best as possible, since we know that landing in a region that matches your priorities is important. A majority of applicants are placed in one of their top regional choices.
After applying, you must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach, one of which must be a region we’ve designated as “high priority.” Read more about our placement process.
Make an Impact in Eastern North Carolina
Eastern North Carolina is one of the original Teach For America sites. TFA has been a presence in the region since 1990. The need in the rural region is great: Today, 25 percent of children in the state—over 500,000 in number—live in poverty, and the rural communities of Eastern North Carolina are home to the highest concentrations of impoverished families.
As a corps member, you’ll teach students in high-need schools across the 12 counties that make up the region, working alongside fellow corps members and TFA alumni who are serving in schools and hold district leadership roles. Teach For America places corps members in clusters across 11 public school districts across the region, as well as in four public charter schools.
Together, you’ll work to transform our education system in classrooms, schools, and throughout communities, expanding equity and educational excellence in E.N.C. At part of Teach For America Eastern North Carolina, you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.