Teaching Here

Why Choose North Carolina Piedmont Triad?

My students and the connection to Teach for America. I feel like I am part of something so much bigger than my own classroom and that I am working towards a goal that matters with an inspirational team that challenges me and pushes me to be better. - Kalle Davis (North Carolina Piedmont Triad '14)

What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is $39,350.




East Carolina University


12-24 months

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Can I obtain a Master's degree in two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • What universities do you partner with?

Licensure Requirements

Corps members must pass a subject-specific exam called The Praxis II Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers before entering the classroom.

Licensure Options

There are three licensure options for NCPT corps members:

1. Enroll in the 3-year TFA option

In North Carolina, you can enroll in a special option that allows you to obtain an “alternate” certification by successfully completing two years as a corps member and then teaching a third year in a North Carolina school-preferably your placement school. If you enroll in this option, you do not need to take any coursework, and will receive a license at the end of the three years. This license is considered an “alternative” license and may not have reciprocity in all states. There is no cost for this option.

2. Enroll in five credit hours of coursework at East Carolina University (online) 

For corps members who are unsure if they will teach for three years, permanent licensure can be obtained by completing an online program with our university partner, East Carolina University (ECU). TFA has a partnership with ECU that allows corps members to enroll in five credit hours of courses to work toward a teaching license in their content area. These classes are taken online and within a TFA corps member cohort. Coursework would start in your second year in the corps. The cost for this option is $850* for in-state and $3,650* for out-of-state. 

3. Enroll in the Guilford County Alternative Certification Track

Our partner school district, Guilford County Schools offers a licensure option for lateral entry teachers extends twelve months. The coursework starts with required lateral entry training which takes place in July and August, and can continue during your second year in the corps. This program is selective and open to all Guilford County Schools teachers. To qualify, corps members must have either 24 credit hours or a degree in the content area they are teaching. After completion of the program, you will be granted a teaching license that is reciprocated in other states. The current cost for this program is $1000*.

Many corps members take advantage of the East Carolina and GCS ACT option (if they qualify) as both allow you to receive a license in one-year and connect with other teachers or corps members locally and state-wide. We are seeing an increase in the three-year option for those corps members who prefer to not take any coursework to obtain their teaching license. All programs with a cost have been deemed affordable for corps members.

Download our Licensure Handout for more details and specific dates.

Master's Degree Option

Master's of Arts in Middle Grades Education program at East Carolina University (online)

Corps members have the option to pursue a Master’s degree in education from ECU with an emphasis on teacher leadership. Due to the unique structure of this program and the requirement to complete an internship after your second year of teaching, this degree can be completed during the summer after the conclusion of your corps commitment.

In lieu of our partnership with East Carolina University, corps members are able to start their initial six-credit licensure coursework in their second year and then continue into the MAED track for a Masters in Middle Grades Education. Regardless of grade-level, each corps member can take advantage of this option if they have passed a Middle Grades Praxis exam prior to enrollment. The cost for this option is $12,000* for in-state and $28,800* for out-of-state.

*Prices are subject to change based on tuition rates


Yes. A 36-credit Master of Education in Middle Grades Education is offered through East Carolina University. The degree leads to licensure and is designed for Teach For America corps members teaching all grade levels. Corps members take courses during their second year of teaching.


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Placements Available

  • Middle school math
  • Middle school social studies
  • Middle school general science
  • Middle school English
  • High school math
  • High school social studies
  • High school general science
  • High school English
  • Spanish

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