The Program

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school.

Per G.S.116-209.62, the purpose of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit, prepare, and support students residing in or attending institutions of higher education located in North Carolina to become highly effective STEM or special education teachers in the State’s public schools.

The goals of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program are:

  1. To strengthen teacher recruitment in North Carolina by providing a pathway to teaching that is open to a diverse pool of applicants: high school students, college and college transfer students, and individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue coursework for teacher licensure.
  2. To provide excellent preparation by partnering with five of the premier educator preparation programs in the state.
  3. To provide unique enrichment opportunities and experiences that focus on developing the leadership potential of Teaching
    Fellows and instill a greater sense of purpose, service, and professionalism.
  4. To recruit and retain greater numbers of highly qualified teachers in special education and STEM fields and to create a robust
    pipeline for providing highly qualified teachers to low-performing schools.