Eligibility & Cost

Students do not need to have a teaching job to be eligible for NC TEACH at NC State. However, you will need one year of successful teaching or a semester of student teaching to be eligible for a North Carolina Teaching License.

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To be initially eligible for a Provisional License and for NC TEACH, a candidate must have:

    • A Bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution of Higher Education
    • A 2.70+ GPA to be eligible for a Lateral Entry license in North Carolina (and a 2.75+ GPA for competitive admission into NC State’s College of Education).
    • One of the following to meet the initial eligibility “content” criteria:

1) A “relevant” degree in subject area or
2) 24 hours in subject area (please see the Eligibility page for more information regarding the relevant degree) or
3) Passing Praxis II scores on the appropriate exams

NOTE: These are requirements for initial eligibility and to quality for a Provisional License. In order to obtain full licensure, candidates must have 24 hours in addition to the Praxis II before applying for licensure.

DPI’s Requirements for Lateral Entry:

NC TEACH at NCSU utilizes the Department of Public Instruction’s Lateral Entry requirements for our minimum eligibility requirements. Make sure you read and understand the GPA and the Content requirements below:
DPI Requirements for Lateral Entry (PDF)

1 – GPA requirement:

You must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 minimum GPA (do not “round” your GPA). While DPI requires at least a 2.70 for Lateral Entry teachers, NC State’s College of Education sets its minimum cumulative GPA requirement at a 2.75 for all applicants to undergraduate programs as well as NC TEACH.

If you have a transcript from a school outside the US, you must have it evaluated by international transcript evaluation agency. A list of suggested evaluation agencies is found at the bottom of the Admissions page.

If you do not meet the 2.70 GPA requirement, please contact us.

2 – CONTENT requirement:

You must have ONE of these content requirements to qualify for Lateral Entry teaching:

  • A degree relevant to the desired licensure area (view the PDF document below for more information about “Relevant Degrees and Courses”).
  • 24 semester hours of coursework in the desired licensure area
  • Passing score(s) on the PRAXIS II test(s) for the desired licensure area.

Praxis II Information
Spanish/French licensure applicants must pass the Praxis II in Spanish/French to be eligible for NC TEACH or a lateral entry position regardless of their degree or content hours. Chinese licensure applicants must receive an intermediate high on the Written and Oral Chinese ACTFL to be eligible for licensure regardless of content area.

In addition to the NC State Praxis II PDF, students should also refer to the Praxis website to double check and/or see if there is an exam they wish to register for that is not listed on the document.

Relevant Degrees and Courses:

Please select your specialty for specific information about relevant degrees and courses for each subject.

Licensure Areas Offered:

Approximate Cost:

Total program (residents): $4,300 ($710 per 3-hr class). Non-residents total cost is $13,642 ($2,273.64 per 3-hr class).

Students enroll in 6 NC TEACH hours per semester. This does not include the Praxis II Exam or additional content courses, if they are needed. See NC State’s Distance Education Tuition rates page for more information.

Financial Aid:

NC TEACHers qualify for Financial Aid in the form of Direct Loan assistance and Distance Education need-based scholarships. Non-Degree students are not usually eligible for financial aid, but there is an exception when pursuing Teacher Licensure.

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 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.