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.
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
Earn an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science in teacher preparation. The Associate in Arts will prepare you to teach subjects like social studies, history, foreign languages, and English. The Associate in Science will prepare you to teach subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math. The college catalog details program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements.
If you wish to transfer general education course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.
Corporate and Continuing Education
Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.
College and Career Readiness
If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.
College Credit for High School Students
Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.
You will need to complete 45 hours of general education courses and 14 hours of education courses, including one course with a focus on the science of reading instruction. For detailed information on the requirements to complete the teacher preparation degree, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.
For detailed information on teacher preparation courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog. Course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.