Teaching Without Certification

  Alternative certification paths

Many states offer alternative certification paths while you teach. These are generally limited to high demand fields (math, science, foreign languages, special education) or underserved urban or rural school districts.

The North Carolina Innovative Statewide Program to Improve the Recruitment of Educators (NC INSPIRE) is a statewide alternative entry teacher recruitment and preparation program developed by the UNC General Administration - Center for School Leadership Development and funded by a US Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant.

NC INSPIRE’s focus is on recruiting highly qualified recent college graduates and mid-career professionals who have undergraduate or graduate degrees in mathematics or seince to teach in middle school and high schools in high-need school systems.

NC INSPIRE has also partnered with the schools of education at three UNC system campuses to provide online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs which will enable NC INSPIRE Fellows to complete their teacher licensure requirements while they earn a master's degree. NC INSPIRE Fellows will receive tuition assistance that covers approximately fifty percent of their tuition in the MAT program up to a maximum of $4200.00 per fellow.