Teaching Here

Teaching Here

What's it like to live here?

As an integrated part of a thriving community, where Southern hospitality is a way of life, many corps members choose to live in or very close to the community where they teach, which may be the city of Durham or one of the many rural areas across the Northeastern part of the state.

Living in the same town as their students allows corps members to engage with families outside of school through involvements in local YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, or by offering off-campus tutoring., While we are primarily a rural region, all of our rural schools are only an hour or two away from larger cities by car, and our corps members have easy access to the amenities of urban centers as well as the social and intellectual opportunities at universities such as Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

During their downtime, corps members enjoy hiking, camping, or rock climbing in the numerous state parks throughout the region, fishing or boating on Lake Gaston, visiting the many cultural and historical destinations, cheering on the Durham Bulls, traveling to the nearby Outer Banks, and of course, eating the local delicacies.

Where do corps members teach?

Today, about 270 corps members teach at every grade level, and around 800 alumni are recognized leaders and innovators across a variety of sectors in the region.

With corps members and alumni working in clusters at over 100 schools across 15 districts, you’ll be able to build strong relationships with each other and with other teachers as you work together to expand equity and educational excellence.

What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is $35,000.




East Carolina University (Optional two year program)


Two or three years

Becoming Certified to Teach

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  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Certification Options

Certification can be obtained in one year through our partner university. There are three options for certification:

  • One year licensure coursework through East Carolina University
  • One year master's program through East Carolina University
  • Teach for three years in placement district and earn NC license

Certification Requirements

Corps members must pass a subject-specific exam called The Praxis II Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, before entering the classroom. Teach For America teachers in North Carolina who teach for three years and are in good standing with Teach For America receive their permanent license. For corps members who are unsure if they will teach for three years, permanent licensure can be obtained by completing an online program with our university partner, East Carolina University (ECU), for approximately $500.

Master's Degree Option

Corps members have the option to pursue a master’s degree in education from ECU with an emphasis on teacher leadership. Due to the unique structure of this program and the requirement to complete an internship after your second year of teaching, this degree can be completed during the summer after the conclusion of your corps commitment.

Yes. East Carolina University offers a 36 credit Master of Education in Middle Grades Education degree. The degree leads to licensure and is designed for Teach For America corps members of all grade levels. Corps members take courses during their second year of teaching.


East Carolina University

Placement School Locations

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Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary (K-6)
  • Secondary English Language Arts 
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Secondary Spanish
  • Special Education

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs