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Hello! I am Dr. Faye Deters and I want to welcome you to the Become a Teacher Portal! Whether you are new to North Carolina, like me, or a native of the state, you will find that a wealth of opportunity awaits you here at East Carolina University. Nowhere else will you find faculty and staff as caring and supportive as here in the College of Education. Our collective goal is to inspire you to become an outstanding teacher and to empower you to become a leader in education. We will strive to prepare you to face the rewards and challenges of teaching in the 21st Century. Everything that you need to realize your goal of becoming a teacher is waiting for you here!

Faye Deters

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I am a college graduate or a mid-career professional with a four-year degree interested in a career in teaching.

If you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional holding a four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution and are now interested pursuing teacher licensure, we hope you will consider East Carolina University given our reputation as a leader in alternative licensure programming.

The following information will assist you in learning more about alternative licensure at ECU, alternative licensure partners, ECU admissions, and financial aid.

Alternative Licensure at ECU

East Carolina University offers a wide array of degree programs in teacher education leading to initial licensure.

Requirements for Alternative Licensure at ECU

Licensure Only allows an individual to complete a plan of study leading to initial licensure prior to teaching.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows an individual in one year to complete a graduate program and initial licensure prior to teaching.

Individual Lateral Entry allows an individual to complete a plan of study leading to initial licensure while teaching in a NC public or charter school.

NCTEACH is a program lateral entry opportunity in which an individual may complete coursework leading to initial licensure while teaching.

Alternative Licensure Partners

State Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium

Regional Alternative Licensing Centers

ECU Admissions 

Undergraduate Office of Admissions

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Application

Financial Resources

How do I apply for financial aid?

Here is a matrix which compares the eligibility requirements and service obligations of some of the teacher education specific financial assistance opportunities.

Find additional financial aid resources by visiting the "Paying for College" section at the College Foundation of North Carolina.