North Carolina’s education system has a bit of catching up to do – both in terms of teacher salaries and expenditures per pupil. Nevertheless, North Carolina offers many rewards to those eager educators who are willing to accept some of the challenges of teaching mathematics in this beautiful state. To help pave the way for your math teaching career, North Carolina offers a range of financial assistance programs and professional development opportunities to help you along the way.
Math Teacher Certification in North Carolina
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to qualify as an educator in North Carolina, candidates must complete the required undergraduate coursework, pass the requisite standardized examinations and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Credentials & Exams
- Standard Professional 1 Certificate: This three-year professional educator license is issued to teachers with less than two years of teaching experience who have completed a state-approved teacher education program.
- Standard Professional 2 Certificate: This five-year professional educator license is issued to teachers with three or more years of teaching experience. Candidates who hold a valid license issued under another state or jurisdiction and meet the needs of “Highly Qualified” and who meet North Carolina’s licensure exam requirements OR have National Board Certification will be issued the SP2 certificate.
- Lateral Entry License Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and who meet one qualification from each of the next two categories are eligible to apply for a Lateral Entry License:
- Category I
- Relevant Degree, or
- 24 hours of credit in subject, or
- Passing score on the NC State Board of Education approved licensure exams for the teaching area, which include:
- Praxis II – for the majority of license areas effective 07/01/14
- Pearson testing – for Elementary Education effective 10/01/2014
- Praxis II and Pearson – for Special Ed: General Curriculum effective 10/01/2014
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – for World Languages except English
- Category II
- 2.5 GPA or better or
- Five years of experience considered relevant by the employing LEA, or
- Passing scores on Praxis I/Core Academic Skills for Educators, or a total SAT score of 1100, or a total ACT score of 24 plus one of the following:
- GPA of 3.0 in the major field of study, or
- GPA of 3.0 in all courses in senior year, or
- GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 15 semester hours of courses completed within the last five years after the bachelor’s degree.
- Category I
- Reciprocity: Individuals who have been issued a valid license from another state or jurisdiction, meet the requirements for “Highly Qualified” status and hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for a comparable North Carolina teaching certificate.
Financial Aid for NC Math Teachers
- Forgivable Education Loans for Service: These loans are available to students interested in pursuing math teaching programs.
- Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to aspiring teachers currently enrolled in a college or university education program, particularly those who are interested in child guidance.
Salaries for Math Teachers in North Carolina
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for North Carolina teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in North Carolina are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: average of $56,260 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: average of $55,510 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: average of $54,760 per year
- Kindergarten Teachers in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: average of $54,310 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC: average of $47,260 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC||$46,050||$44,740||$47,260||$46,630|
|Durham-Chapel Hill, NC||$43,010||$42,540||$41,960||$44,450|
|Greensboro-High Point, NC||$44,900||$41,790||$42,100||$45,290|
|Greenville, NC||$40,940||not provided||not provided||not provided|
|Rocky Mount, NC||$42,540||$38,330||$40,950||$43,260|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||$54,760||$54,310||$55,510||$56,260|
|Wilmington, NC||$41,370||not provided||$40,840||$41,360|
Math Teaching Degrees in North Carolina
Below we've listed all of the North Carolina math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for North Carolina Math Teachers
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Common Core Standards adopted June 2010; implemented 2012-13. Learn more about math standards for North-carolina here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathNorth Carolina reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $8,433
North Carolina’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $8,433, or 76.2% of the national average. (Source: NEA)