Pathways to Teaching
There are two primary pathways to becoming a teacher in North Carolina, either through a Traditional Education program or an Alternative program. No matter your route to teaching, we require that all Beginning, Out of State, & International Teachers become licensed by the state of North Carolina. There are multiple license types including: Professional Educator’s Initial License, Professional Educator’s Continuing License, Residency License, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Restricted License, and an Emergency License. More information on License types can be found on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) website.
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.
CMS has a variety of teaching, facilitator, specialist and student services vacancies posted throughout the year. Individuals can always complete an application and then apply to specific job postings of interest. Positions are currently posted for both 2018-2019 End of Year (EOY) and for the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here to view current instructional openings.
To learn more about this alternative pathway to teaching attend one of our Residency License Webinars
The Residency License as defined as a one-year license, renewable twice, that meets both of the following requirements:
- Is requested by the local board of education; and
- Accompanied by a certification of supervision from the recognized educator preparation program in which the individual is enrolled.
The individual for whom the license is requested meets all of the following requirements:
- Holds a bachelor's degree;
- Has either completed coursework relevant to the requested licensure area or passed the content area examination relevant to the requested licensure area that has been approved by the State Board;
- Is enrolled in a recognized educator preparation program; and
- Meets all other requirements established by the State Board, including completing pre-service requirements prior to teaching.
CMS Teaching Residency
The CMS Teaching Residency is an accelerated, affordable path to becoming a full-time CMS teacher. To be eligible for the Residency, you must hold a bachelor’s degree, meet all legal requirements to work in the United States, have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7, and plan to take all state-required certification tests. We train residents to work in the grades and subject areas where they’re needed most. Click here to learn more.
CTE Restricted Licenses
CTE Restricted Licenses require that teaching candidates have related work experience for the CTE program area as well as the related degree. CTE Restricted Licenses allow candidates to obtain an Initial Professional Educator license based primarily on the candidate’s work experience. An associate degree or high school diploma is the minimum education requirement in some CTE licensure areas as long as the candidate meets the required work experience for the CTE Restricted route.
Educational Partners International, LLC (EPI)
Educational Partners International, LLC: Designated by the US Dept. of State as a J-1 exchange visitor program sponsor, EPI provides highly-qualified international teachers with the visa sponsorship and support needed to teach critical needs subjects in NC. EPI assists teachers and schools with visa processing, licensure, professional and cultural development, and more. They provide a unique cultural exchange program with emphasis on support.
Participate: Since 1989, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has worked with Participate (formerly VIF) to welcome teachers from around the world to our state. Today, hundreds of North Carolina schools host about one thousand Participate international teachers from 48 different countries.
Teach for America
Teach for America (TFA) is one of our teaching partnerships. They recruit outstanding and diverse leaders early in their careers and ask them to make a commitment that begins with two years of teaching in a public school, partnering with children and families most impacted by educational inequity.
At Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), we believe military personnel make great employees and we invite you to apply to both our instructional and non-instructional career opportunities. There are many reasons we look to hire veterans but at the heart of all our hiring decisions is our students. Are you ready to serve our youth?
All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to participate in the Troops to Teachers (TTT) program. The last period of military service must be characterized as honorable. TTT provides counseling and, for those who are eligible for hire as teachers, referral services to assist with the transition to the classroom. Counseling includes discussion of path options considering education level, referral to appropriate IHEs that offer teacher education programs applicable to the individual’s interestand geography. Additionally, unofficial transcript, résumé and coverletter reviews are available in North Carolina. We also have
volunteer mentors available in many areas for observational experiences.