Summer Start 2014 is now closed.

The next application deadline is November 1st for Spring Start 2015.  Please see the Admissions Page for more details.

North Carolina Teachers of Excellence for All CHildren (NC TEACH) is designed to recruit, train, support, and retain mid-career professionals as they become licensed teachers in North Carolina. This program is for professionals who have non-education degrees and would like to earn their teaching license.

Licensure Areas Offered

Grade Level Subject(s)
High School Science, Social Studies, Math, English
Middle School Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts
K-12 Spanish, French, and Chinese

Initial Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA 
  • "Relevant" degree in your subject area or 24 hours in your subject area (please see the Eligibility page for more information regarding the relevant degree).

Approximate Cost

Total program (Residents) 2013-2014: $3,924 (for all 18 hours of NC TEACH coursework)

This does not include the Praxis II Exam or additional content courses, if they are needed

Students enroll in 6 NC TEACH hours per semester

See NC State's Distance Education Tuition rates page for more information:

Quick Facts

  • Face-to-face instruction at host site location (we have no online classes)
  • Classes meet at night or on Saturdays 
  • Classes are half the cost of traditional courses because Distance Education rates apply
  • Part-time program that consists of 6 education classes which are completed in 3 semesters
  • 2 start options:
    • Spring Start (3 semesters are Spring, Fall, Spring)
    • Summer Start (3 semesters are Summer, Fall, Spring)
    • Please note there is NO Fall Start
  • Students do not need to have a teaching job to be eligible for NC TEACH at NCSU. (But you will need one year of successful teaching or a semester of student teaching* to be eligible for a North Carolina Teaching License).

How does NC TEACH at NC State work?

  • First, students will apply to NC TEACH at NC State. See NCTEACH Admissions (fill out the online form AND submit the supplemental materials for it to be complete).
  • Once accepted, students are issued a Plan of Study that includes their required program of work: education classes, content (if needed), Praxis II exam. Students will also attend a mandatory Orientation.
  • Students will register for courses
    • 4 of the 6 education classes are held at Athens Drive High School at night 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • The remaining 2 courses are held over a series of 10 Saturdays
  • NC TEACH is based on a "cohort” model.  Students take the courses in succession with the same group of NC TEACH students. 

ECI Coursework 

Semester I (Summer start or Spring Start - there is no Fall Start)

1. ECI 471 (Spring): Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory: Topics related to human
psychological development. Cognitive, social, physical changes, and their interaction among adolescence.


2. ECI 472 (Spring): Interaction of Classroom Management and Instruction : Topics related to teaching in the content area and classroom management. Lesson planning, principles applied to education, measurement and evaluation procedures, behavior therapy, and student motivation.

Semester II (Fall)
3. ECI 473: Subject‐Specific Methods: Topics related to cultural factors and how they affect teachers and students in the classroom. Instructional techniques and the development of instructional plans that enhance schooling experiences of culturally diverse students.  The DPI Evidence in this course will be the Unit Plan.   


4. ECI 474: Curriculum and Instruction Practices I: Topics related to essential skills and concepts needed by beginning teachers. The class focuses on questioning, test preparation, discussion skills, familiarity with national standards, multiple teaching strategies, and assessment and evaluation of students. 

Semester III (Spring)
5. ECI 475: Peer Mentoring in Alternative Licensure: Topics related to observing and evaluating fellow teachers in relation to the national state teaching competencies. Lessons in advanced topics such as Special Education, ESL, and Assessment.  Projects include a Peer Pedagogy Project.  The DPI Evidence in this course will be an Assessment Analysis (which will be a follow‐up to the Unit Plan).  Presentations will be shared and discussed with fellow teachers.


6. ECI 476: Curriculum and Instruction Practices II: Topics related to inquiry, activity based instruction, and constructivist principles. Analysis of principles, strategies and application of new teaching approaches


Financial Aid: 

A frequently asked question is whether NC TEACHers qualify for Financial Aid since they will have Non-degree Studies status (and NDS students do not qualify).  Yes, NC TEACHers accepted in the program qualify:

NC TEACHers will be enrolled as an Non-degree Studies students.  However, NC TEACHers are eligible for Direct Loan assistance and Distance Education need-based scholarships because they are pursuing Teacher Licensure which is an exception.  Upon acceptance into the program, NC TEACHers receive a Plan of Study (a Plan of Work) that can be shared with the Financial Aid office.  It includes your required coursework necessary for Teacher Licensure.  Please contact the Financial Aid office and visit their website for more information:  The NC TEACH staff is not equipt to answer questions about financial aid and will recommend that you consult with an FA advisor.  If you are considering applying for NC TEACH, do not wait to fill out the FAFSA:


*Student Teaching and NC TEACHers:

Student Teaching in NC TEACH is an additional semester and an additional cost.  NC TEACHers must apply and interview with College of Education faculty before they are permitted the opportunity to student teach.  This is a highly selective opportunity as a path toward licensure.  There are limited student teaching placements for NC TEACHers. 



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