How do I become a teacher?

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Well, the College of Education is the place for you. We offer a variety of degrees leading to teaching licensure in grades K-12 and we are sure that one of them will fit your needs. Whether you want to teach the "little" ones how to write or the "big" ones how to dissect, you will find the right fit in Poe Hall!

Click on the tabs below for more information.

Transfer Students

Internal NCSU Transfers External Transfers

There is a formal application process for intra-campus transfer students (on-campus students) interested in the College of Education. You will want to pay careful attention to the processes and important dates to make sure you are considered for admission.

 Applications are accepted throughout the year but students are only admitted at specific times (see the application for details). 

Intra-Campus Transfer Applications

NC State University is proud to welcome transfer students. In fact, more than 25 percent of NC State graduates started college programs elsewhere. Keep in mind that transfer spaces are limited and the application process is different than for other first-year students.

External Transfers will need to create a wolfPAW acount:

Create a wolfPAW account

High School Student

NC State University offers several undergraduate degrees in education. Three colleges in the university offer programs for students interested in teaching. The degrees available and their college affiliation are listed below.

College of Education

Elementary Education
Mathematics Education
Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies Education
Science Education
Technology, Engineering and Design Education


French - Teacher Ed Option 
Spanish - Teacher Ed Option 
English Teacher Education 
Social Studies/Teacher Education 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agricultural & Extension Education

To apply to one of these programs, see the Undergraduate admissions webpage to setup a wolfPaw account:

Create a wolfPAW account


Career Change

NC Teach MAT - Masters of Arts in Teaching

The highly competitive NC TEACH program is a part-time 11/2-year lateral entry program in which participants complete their licensure coursework while they are teaching full-time. Participants may opt to student teach.

High School: Science, Social Studies, Math, English
Middle School: Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts
K-12: Spanish and French

Learn More about NC TEACH

The MAT program is a hybrid (combining on-line and face-to-face instruction) licensure degree program that leads it completers to both an initial teaching license and a Master's degree in as little as 11/2 years as a full-time student. The MAT also leads completers to a 10% pay increase upon hire in one of North Carolina's public/charter schools.

High School: Science, Social Studies, Math, English
Middle School: Social Studies, Language Arts
Elementary School: Elementary Education
7-12: Technology Education
K-12: Special Education, Reading, English as a Second Language

Learn More about MAT

Current Teacher

For Current Teachers


An advanced degree in education can open the door to growth in your career. College of Education alumni are among the leading minds in the field of education today—forging paths in the areas of teaching and learning. Our programs are designed to prepare 21st century educational leaders.

Find out more about the Graduate and Certificate programs within the College of Education.

Procedures Manual
How to Confront
Academic Integrity Violation Report Form (PDF)

Create a wolfPAW account

Lead & Serve

Back to Top