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Teacher Education FAQ

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

  • There are currently 561 undergraduate students in the College of Education. Of these students 74% are white, 70% are female, and 97% 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.
  • There are 1,254 students in Advanced Programs in the College of Education. Of these students 64% are white, 74% are female, and 32% are full-time students.

2) What is the average class size?

  • Most of our undergraduate teacher education classes are capped at 24 students.
  • Most of our graduate courses are capped at 20 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 successfully completing ED 204 (Introduction to Teaching) and co-requisite. For more detailed information visit:
  • 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:
  • In order to be admitted into a Residency 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 the subject area, 2) 24 hours in the subject area, OR 3) the Praxis II or Pearson tests for the license area. For more detailed information visit: or

4) What is the average GPA for incoming freshmen?

  • 4.48 weighted HS GPA
  • What is the average SAT/ACT score for incoming freshmen?
  • 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 a 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 (Outcome Measure 5)
    • Teacher Applications and Completions
  • How long does it take to complete the program?

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 peers 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 program in China and Mexico and a 4-week program in China. For more information please visit
  • 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?

11) How do I know I’ll be prepared to teach when I graduate?

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