Teacher Education FAQ

1) How many students are in the College of Education?

  • There are currently 741 undergraduate students in the College of Education. Of these students 77% are white, 76% are female, and 72% are full time.  These students are spread across 10 programs/licensure areas.
  • There are 478 MAT students in the College of Education.  Of these students 79% are white, 77% are female. These students are spread across 11 programs.
  • There are 332 Alternative Licensure students in the College.  Of these students 68% are white, 58% are female, all are part-time students. These students are spread across 11 programs/licensure areas.

2) What is the average class size?

  • Most of our undergraduate teacher education classes are capped at 24 students.

3) What are the admission requirements for the College?

  • All undergraduate students must be formally Admitted to Candidacy (ATC) before they become eligible to student teach. ATC criteria include a minimum 2.75 GPA, passing standardized test scores, a minimum of 45 credit hours, and passing math and English General Education requirements in addition to ED 204 (Introduction to Teaching). For more detailed information visit: https://ced.ncsu.edu/licensure/admission-candidacy
  • In order to be admitted to the MAT program individuals must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition, 24 semester hours in the core content area are required. For more detailed information visit: https://ced.ncsu.edu/mat/admissions
  • In order to be admitted into a Residency program program (NC TEACH or Pathway to Practice), a participant must meet the minimum requirements for a Residency License according to NC DPI. An individual must have a 2.70 GPA and meet one of the following content requirements: 1) a degree in subject area, 2) 24 hours in subject area, OR 3) the Praxis II or Pearson tests for area. For more detailed information visit: https://ced.ncsu.edu/nc-teach or http://pathwaytopractice.com.

4) What is the average GPA for incoming freshman?

  • 4.48 weighted HS GPA
  • What is the average SAT/ACT score for incoming freshman?
  • SAT 1262 (88%ile), ACT 28 (89%ile)

5) How long does it take to complete a degree?

  • Most full-time undergraduate students who begin as freshman will complete their degree in 8 semesters. Transfer students range from 4-6 semesters depending on when they transfer into the college.
  • The MAT program can be completed in as little as 18 months.
  • The alternative licensure program can be completed in 1 year.
  • Graduation Rates
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  • How long does it take to complete the program?
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6) How will I interact with other College of Education majors?

  • All of our programs require a series of Core Courses in which candidates from all disciplines are enrolled. Additionally, candidates interact with their peer in college sponsored organizations, our Passport to Success program, and in our required Professional Growth Opportunities.

7) What types of field experiences should I expect?

  • Field experiences will vary by program. However, all candidates will complete a field experience each semester they are in the program starting with their 200-level course. These experiences will be in a variety of public, K-12 school settings. Experiences culminate during the senior year with a year-long student teaching. For more detailed information please visit the Professional Education Handbook.

8) What international experiences will I have access to?

  • College of Education students are strongly encouraged to participate in international experiences. The university offers a wide-ranging study abroad program and there are specific College of Education offerings. These offerings include a 2 week programs in China and Mexico and a 4 week program in China. For more information please visit: http://ced.ncsu.edu/global-programs/.
  • Students also regularly participate in international alternative service break programs during the winter and spring breaks.

9) What other opportunities are available for me?

  • To further enhance the growth and development of our candidates the college offers a variety of free Professional Growth Opportunities. These experiences range from 1 hour sessions to multi-day experiences in far ranging topics related to education. To see a list of these opportunities please visit: Professional Development
  • Candidates who want to go above and beyond the traditional teacher education experience can apply to our Passport to Success program. This program is designed to more fully integrate curricular and co-curricular aspects of the NC State teacher education program. Candidates have the opportunity to design targeted “outside of the classroom” experiences to enhance what they learn in their teacher education program. For more information visit: Passport to Success
  • Candidates in the college also have the opportunity to participate in a “living and learning” community call SAY Village. Students Advocating for Youth (SAY) participants are provided the opportunity to interact with and support local at-risk k-12 students in a variety of contexts. For more information visit: SAY Village

10) What scholarships are available?

  • The college provides no less than 35 education major specific scholarships annually. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the College of Education awarded over $160,000 in scholarship to education majors. These scholarships are based on either merit or need and include various amounts. For more information please visit: https://ced.ncsu.edu/admissions/scholarships
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11) How do I know I’ll be prepared to teach when I graduate?

  • The College of Education uses a variety to metrics to ensure you are fully prepared to successfully teach. Each of our candidates a national performance assessment called the edTPA (https://edtpa.aacte.org/).  The edTPA is an evaluation of Planning, Instructing, and Assessment Tasks. These are among the most critical elements of effective teaching.
  • Our college also collects alumni and employment data from our graduates. This data provides the college with critical information for program improvement.  Based on this data we are confident that our graduates are not only prepared but excel in the classroom.
  • Data from the NC Department of Public Instruction demonstrates the effectiveness of our graduates. Over the last 3 years over 98% of our graduates were shown to be proficient or above on their in-service performance evaluation and over 80% met or exceeded student growth on standardized achievement tests in their classrooms.
  • Our alumni complete multiple surveys regarding their preparation. The results overwhelmingly suggest our graduates are highly satisfied with the quality of their education and their preparation to teach.

12) When I graduate what kind of continuing support can I expect?

  • Results of prior alumni surveys suggested that graduates needed additional support in some specific areas including working with ESL students and parents.  The College of Education is committed to the success of its graduates. We feel an obligation not only to the teachers we prepare but to the children in their classrooms.  To support our graduates we developed a Beginning Teacher Institute (BTI). The institute includes two 2-day series of workshops prior to the start of the school year for recent graduates. The institute topics are developed based on alumni surveys and feedback. In 2018, we supported more than 130 beginning teachers from 40 different Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state. According to the evaluation survey of the 2018 participants felt more prepared to: 1) prepare engaging lesson plans (82%); 2) manage their classroom (93%), 3) teach with technology (70%), 4) support students with specific learning needs (82%), and assess student learning (80%). To learn more about the BTI visit: Beginning Teacher Institute

13) Where might I expect to work?

14) How much will I make as a teacher in NC?

  • In North Carolina, teachers are state employees. Every teacher earns a base salary provided by the state, additionally, some school systems provide a local supplement.  The supplement amount will vary by district. The starting salary for a teacher in NC is $33,000 and supplements vary from $0 – $6000 in additional pay. The salary schedule can be found at https://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/finance/salary/