Teacher Preparation

Teacher Preparation

There is a critical teacher shortage in North Carolina, particularly in rural counties. Help address that shortage. Study to become a teacher in North Carolina — earn an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science in teacher preparation from Central Piedmont.

What You Will Learn

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees ensure you can transfer to a four-year institution having already fulfilled general education and major-specific course requirements. The Central Piedmont teacher preparation degree includes required education courses and prepares you to transition into a teaching career after completing your degree at the four-year institution. If you are currently pursuing an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, you can take the required education courses to earn the teaching preparation degree.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Due to our Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the 17 public universities in North Carolina, you can transfer up to 60 general education and major course credits to a UNC institution — meaning you can enter a four-year, public college as a junior. Many students choose this path in order to not incur a lot of student debt. That's because at Central Piedmont, you can save more than $38,000 in tuition over two years, compared to many four-year schools.

With the Career & College Promise dual enrollment teacher education pathway, you can start studying to be a teacher while you're still in high school — graduate high school having already completed some of the requirements to earn a degree to teach.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Our [teacher preparation] transfer degrees create seamless pathways for our students to transition into successful teaching careers... This seamless pathway strategy will help ensure the North Carolina K-12 education system flourishes and is recognized as a national model for teacher recruitment and preparation in the United States. Edith McElroy, dean of Central Piedmont Levine Campus

Teacher Careers

Visit Central Piedmont's Career Coach for detailed teaching career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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Associate in Arts - Teacher Preparation Course Sequence

Associate in Arts - teacher preparation suggested course sequence (PDF)

Associate in Science - Teacher Preparation Course Sequence

Associate in Science - teacher preparation suggested course sequence (PDF)

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