"There is no feeling like that of knowing that you have made a difference for a student, no matter how big or small."

Kyndall Westerbeek

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"Be a teacher so you can spread knowledge and inspire students to do great things in their lives."

Connor Wilkins

East Carolina University

History Education Major

"I feel that with culturally relevant instruction, a deep understanding of student’s differences, and a loving classroom environment, all students, general education and special education, can thrive and reach their full academic and social potential."

Geralyn Evans

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

"Teaching is the most important profession in the world because it creates all other professions. Teachers pass on knowledge and values to children, preparing them for the future."

Megan Sealy

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

“Teaching is going to be a fulfilling career in which I am able to have a positive, lifelong impact on the next generation in my community.”

Leslie Soesbee

UNC Asheville

Social Studies Education Major

“I want to impact younger generations. I love helping others, which makes my passion for teaching possible. I love seeing smiles on children’s faces whenever they are encouraged. I long to have students fall in love with learning as I did. As Albert Einstein once said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Mikayla Potkay

East Carolina University

Teacher Education Major

"I want to make a difference. Teachers have the ability to shape and mold students far more than today's pop stars and global icons. I want to become a teacher because I want to be a part of the change I want to see in the world."

Tristan Hunter

East Carolina University

Middle Grades Education Major

“I want to cultivate a love and appreciation of science in adolescents and help them to find and be their best scientific selves.”

Kenzie Meadows

UNC Asheville

Middle Grades Science Education Major

"I love teaching because no two students, no two days, no two moments are ever the same. It is exhausting, it is exciting, it is as challenging as it is rewarding."

Betts Webster

UNC Asheville

Elementary Education Major

"Teachers have such an important role in students lives, and I want to be that teacher that inspires her students."

Ruby Lauman

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

 

“I want to become a teacher to serve my community.”

Miguel Diaz

UNC Asheville

Biology Education Major

"I believe that children deserve to be educated by great teachers who care about them and meet their needs. I want to be the teacher to take part in shaping my students into the person they will eventually become no matter what life obstacles they are experiencing. I plan to be more than just an educator to make a difference in my students’ lives."

Fanica' Young

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

"Becoming a teacher is far more than just a job or a career, I will inspire young minds and help them achieve the goals that they set."

Katelyn Taylor

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"Every student needs that one teacher to tell them you can and WILL do whatever you set your mind to."

Thomasina Fonville

UNC Wilmington

Special Education Major

"I want to become a teacher so that students have an individual that believes in them and pushes them to be the best that they can be."

Hannah Lewis

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

Teacher Licensure

There are two levels of teacher licensure in North Carolina:

Professional Educator’s Initial License
Professional Educator’s Continuing License

Professional Educator’s Initial License

The Professional Educator’s Initial License is intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience, and is valid for three years. Individuals who successfully complete teacher education programs at an approved institutions within North Carolina will be eligible for Professional Educator’s Initial License. This license may be converted to a  Professional Educator’s Continuing License after 3 years of successful teaching experience.

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Lateral entry is an “alternate” route to teaching that allows qualified individuals to obtain a teaching position and begin teaching right away, while they work to complete requirements for a Professional Educator’s Initial License. The NC Department of Public Instruction authorizes Lateral Entry Licenses on a provisional basis in licensure areas that correspond to the individual’s academic study, or success on applicable tests.

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Professional Educator’s Continuing License

The Professional Educator’s Continuing License is for teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience, and is valid for five years. Teachers are issued the Professional Educator’s Continuing License when they successfully complete three years of teaching in North Carolina or are fully licensed and “Highly Qualified” in another state with three or more years of teaching experience. Those who come from another state must also meet NC State Board of Education approved licensure exam requirements OR have National Board Certification for licensure.“Highly Qualified” teachers have a major, or coursework equivalent to a major (24 semester hours) from an accredited four-year college or university in the assigned content area, hold an advanced degree in that content area, hold National Board Certification in that content area, or have passed the Praxis II in that content area.

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North Carolina Online Licensure System

New and existing professional educators are able to apply for and update their North Carolina licenses online. Instructions and more information are available within the online licensure system.

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