Start your journey here…. and make a world of difference.

Teaching is more than a career. It’s a chance to make a difference in the world in which we live and to impact the lives of children for generations to come. You can become that person, and along the way you’ll discover that teaching is not only one of the most rewarding careers in the world today, but a lifelong opportunity to affect our future and the world we live in. 

Take your first step to becoming a teacher in North Carolina. Whether you are interested in an undergraduate degree in the teaching field, a career changer, or an individual with a Bachelor’s degree in another field entirely; UNC Charlotte’s has the Education Program for you.

I want to be a teacher in North Carolina, but don’t have a degree:

If you are a student seeking a Bachelor’s degree and a North Carolina teaching license, UNC Charlotte can provide the coursework and clinical experience to lead you on the path to making a difference. Learn more at Pathway to Teaching

Already a Pre-Education Student? View our Online Pre-Education Courses

I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education:

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree and still want to obtain a teaching license you do not have to earn a second undergraduate degree. The best option will be the Graduate Certificate in Teaching!

Our Graduate programs allow career changers and those with a Bachelor’s degree in another areas to obtain a North Carolina teaching license and even work towards a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Where do I start?

Step 1. Earn a Graduate Certificate 

  • Graduate Certificates build on your bachelor’s degree
  • Guide you toward becoming a “highly qualified” and “fully licensed” teacher
  • Prepare you for teaching and the “initial” license before entering the classroom OR clear your “provisional” (lateral entry) license while teaching*
  • Become an effective, professional, decision-making teacher

Want to earn your Graduate Certificate Online with UNC Charlotte?

Get started with our Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education. This is an 8-hour* Standard Professional I License requirements for middle grades or secondary education in the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, through an online distance education option.

*NOTE: Completing the Standard Professional I License requirements consists of the 18 licensure program hours PLUS any background deficiencies. Students may do a preliminary check of their transcripts for background deficiencies by logging on to the UNC Charlotte College of Education’s website Pathway to Teaching. Transcripts are officially evaluated upon application to the program.

Step 2. Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Become a self-reflective master teacher
  • Develop advanced competencies as a teacher-researcher and a teacher-leader
  • Phase Two must be completed within the six year time limit from when the first course for licensure was taken

Want to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching Online with UNC Charlotte? 

Once you have earned your Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education you may apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at a later date. If accepted, all core Graduate Certificate courses may be applied to the M.A.T. and you can complete seven additional courses (21 hours) to complete the 39-hour master’s degree program online.