Of the 9,061,000 people living in North Carolina in 2007, 1,580,000 were school-aged children. If you'd like to join North Carolina's 99,098 teachers, you may want to know that those numbers result in a ratio of 14.4 students for every teacher and that 1 of every 5 teachers is a man. There are 115 school districts in North Carolina.
Teaching salaries in North Carolina average $48,648 per year, a little over 10 percent below the national average of $54,319, according to the National Education Association. The increase in salary between the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years was 2.7 percent.
North Carolina Teaching Certifications
All teachers with less than two years of experience and all out of state teachers must obtain a North Carolina Teaching License. Teaching certification in North Carolina requires you to complete a state-approved, teacher education program from a regionally accredited school, not necessarily choose from North Carolina teaching programs. The alternative route option is to meet the federal requirements to be "Highly Qualified," which includes a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. You'll also need to pass a Praxis teacher licensure exam.
North Carolina teaching certifications include:
- Elementary Education
- K-12 Reading
- Exceptional Children: General Curriculum
- And more!
Online North Carolina teacher certification may be possible if the online school you're considering is regionally accredited and approved by North Carolina. Online teacher certification programs can be more convenient and flexible, offering a great alternative to working professionals looking to transition to teaching. Licensed teachers can also take online courses to qualify for additional endorsements.