Teaching Here

Teaching in Charlotte

Corps members teach in 30 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district, reaching nearly 12,000 students in the region each year. Most of our corps members are clustered at schools across the city, with a high concentration of corps members to the east and west of Uptown Charlotte. 

Outside of the classroom, corps members discover the culture of the region through performances, gallery crawls, basketball, football, minor league baseball, food festivals, music festivals, a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, afternoons in the parks and greenways, food truck Fridays or hiking trips to the mountains or an outing to the beach. Explore the Queen City and recommendations on things to do in Charlotte.

Teaching in Piedmont Triad

Forty corps members currently teach in 21 schools in the Guilford County School district, reaching more than 2,000 students in the region each year. Most of our corps members are clustered at schools across Guilford County, with a high concentration of corps members in Greensboro, High Point, Gibsonville, and McLeansville. 

Outside of the classroom, corps members discover the culture of the region through performances, minor league basketball, minor league baseball, food festivals, music festivals, a visit to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, afternoons in the parks and greenways, food truck festivals or hiking trips to the mountains or an outing to the beach. Explore the PIedmont Triad region.

Placement Overview

We do our best to match our corps members with their preferred subject area. However, subject assignment is based on a variety of internal and external factors. The primary factor of subject assignment is based on the needs of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Guilford County Schools.That said, we typically place corps members in the following subject areas:

  • Elementary
  • English: Grades 6 -12
  • Math:Grades 6 -12
  • Science: Grades 6 -12
  • Social Studies: Grades 6 -12
  • Spanish: Grades 6 -12

Why Choose Charlotte-Piedmont Triad?

Sharika Comfort
Charlotte-Piedmont Triad 2012
Charlotte has the features and attractions of a big city without all of the hassles and half the costs. No matter your interests, ambitions, or background, Charlotte has a space for you and the people will make you feel at home.
Kalle Davis
North Carolina Piedmont Triad 2014
My students and the connection to Teach for America are what keeps me in Greensboro. I feel like I am part of something so much bigger than my own classroom and that I am working towards a goal that matters with an inspirational team that challenges me to be better.

What Your Need to Know


Average starting salary range is $39,350 - $40,246




Corps members can obtain an optional Master’s degree through the following universities:

  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • North Carolina A&T State University


Certification can be obtained in 12-24 months.

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Obtaining Your Lateral Entry License
  • Obtaining a Professional Teaching License
  • Graduate Degree (Optional)

North Carolina Department of Public Education requires all Teach For America corps members to qualify for an initial Lateral Entry license prior to entering the classroom. Upon hire with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or Guilford County Schools, corps members are required to pay a processing fee of $100 in order to apply for a North Carolina Lateral Entry License, which is valid for three years. 

To qualify for an initial lateral entry licensure, all candidates must:

  • Earn a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Hold a minimum 2.7 undergraduate GPA
  • If assigned to teach elementary, you must pass the Foundations of Reading exam and the General Curriculum exam, which are both administered through Pearson Education, Inc.
  • If assigned to teach a core content area (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) or a foreign language, you must pass the PRAXIS II subject area exam for your content area and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12) exam, which are administered by Educational Testing Service.
  • Find more information regarding required tests and the testing timeline

If you desire to remain in the classroom beyond the life of your initial lateral entry license, you will need to convert your lateral entry license to a professional license through completion of licensure coursework through a local licensure program. Additional information and contact information for the options below can be found in these Licensure Documents.   

Teach For America corps members will have two options for converting their lateral entry license to a professional teaching license:

Option 1: Enroll in coursework through one of our university partners

For corps members who desire to teach beyond three years, professional licensure can be obtained by completing licensure coursework through one of the following university sites during your corps commitment:

  • North Carolina A&T State University: (Piedmont Triad elementary educators)
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro (Piedmont Triad middle school and high school educators).
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte (Charlotte educators): For elementary educators, face-to-face courses are required. For middle and secondary educators, coursework is primarily online.

The coursework completed through these programs are intended to offer lateral entry teachers the opportunity to earn a professional teaching license and continue teaching in North Carolina. After completion of the program, participants are granted a teaching license that is reciprocated in most other states. To transfer this license to another state, additional exams or coursework may be required.

Option 2: Enroll in Guilford County Schools Alternative Certification Track (Piedmont Triad corps members only)

Our partner school district, Guilford County Schools offers a 12-month licensure option for lateral entry teachers. The coursework starts with required lateral entry training which takes place in July and August, and will continue during your second year in the corps. 

  • This program is selective and open to most Guilford County Schools teachers (excluding Elementary (grades K-5) and teachers of adaptive curriculum. 
  • To qualify, corps members must have either 24 credit hours or a degree in the content area they are teaching and a 3.0 (preferred) undergraduate GPA (preferred). 
  • After completion of the program, participants are granted a professional teaching license that is reciprocated in most other states. The transferring rules suggest contacting the transferring district to clarify if your certificate will transfer. 
  • The current 2017-2018 cost for this program is $1000, though costs vary from year-to-year.

Although a graduate-level degree is not required in North Carolina, if you choose, you can obtain a master's degree during your TFA commitment through one of the universities below: 

University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNCC) offers a master's of art in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program exclusively for Teach For America corps members.

Corps members can also choose to enroll in UNCC’s graduate certification/licensure program, which is completed in one year. The graduate certificate requires fewer courses and allows you to earn your full teaching license. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) is more intensive and requires courses beyond the certificate track.

While obtaining a master’s degree is not required and Guilford County Schools does not offer a master’s pay incentive, corps members have the option to pursue a master’s degree in education from our local universities: North Carolina A&T State University or University of North Carolina—Greensboro. Through these universities, corps members can complete a 30-credit hour master’s degree in a variety of core content areas or in elementary education.

Placement School Locations

Neighborhood Spotlights


There are a variety of communities from which corps members can choose to live, eat, play, and shop.

Explore more neighborhoods in Charlotte and Greensboro.

  • Charlotte: Dilworth
  • Charlotte: Midtown
  • Charlotte: NoDa
  • Charlotte: Plaza-Midwood
  • Charlotte: South End
  • Charlotte: University
  • Piedmont-Triad: Greensboro


​Built as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, Dilworth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bungalow-style homes and stately oak trees line residential streets, while a diverse mix of shops and restaurants compete for attention along East Boulevard, the main thoroughfare.



This newly-developed area near Uptown hums with shopping, dining and a stunning, brand-new Greenway.



New York has SoHo, and Charlotte has NoDa (for North Davidson Street). This former mill-community-turned-arts-district screams bohemian chic. Just north of Center City, NoDa is home to a funky collection of galleries, performance venues and dining hot spots.



This 1920s revitalized streetcar suburb is one of Charlotte’s most ethnically and socially-diverse neighborhoods and the epitome of cool city living.


South End

Dilworth’s neighbor, South End, is just a light rail stop away from Center City. It pairs an exciting mix of restaurants, antique shops and retail stores with a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll also find live music, monthly gallery crawl events and festivals like South End Soul (a five-day celebration of design, art and innovation).



In the 1960s, advocates for higher education believed this area’s rolling farm fields were the perfect place to build a university. Today, the University area bustles with attractions, shopping, dining spots and outdoor activities.

Greensboro farmer's market


Conveniently located close to downtown and the Greensboro College and University of North Carolina - Greensboro campuses, the Bohemian Tate Street area includes an eclectic mix of coffee shops, consignment stores, and eateries. Corps members there enjoy street festivals in the fall and spring. A favorite among locals and students, The Tate Street Coffee House often has live music and open mic nights. Apartments, townhomes, and houses are available to rent on Tate Street itself and in the surrounding College Hill neighborhood.