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All you have to pay to get started is $245! This up-front cost gives you immediate access to your online training and all the resources you need to get started! The remaining balance of $4,650 is due once you are hired, and is completely contingent upon you getting hired!

You can get started now! We have rolling admissions throughout the year. Please see our admission guidelines for more information.

If you do our training and decide teaching is not for you, the remaining balance of the program fee is not due. It is completely contingent upon getting hired.

You are eligible to begin looking for a teaching position as soon as you are admitted into our program, complete your Classroom Readiness training and field experiences, and have passed the required content area test(s) for your licensure area. After successfully completing these requirements, you will receive your Letter of Eligibility and begin seeking employment.

Once you have been hired, you will submit an I Got a Job form and your employing school system will submit a request to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the Residency License to be issued to you. Once you have completed the application and paid the application fee, you will receive your Residency License to begin teaching!

You can send your official transcripts multiple ways. The quickest method to get started is for your university to send official transcripts electronically to If your university does not have this as an option, you can mail official transcripts to our office at:
North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow
5599 San Felipe Street, Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77056.

The length of the program is up to you! Our online training is self-paced and made for you to do on your own time, so if you are currently working it’s not a problem at all! You will ultimately need to teach one full year on a Residency License, but once you’re admitted and submit the proper documents, you can begin looking for your new career when you’re ready.

Licensure varies state to state, so contact each state’s department of education that you are looking to move to so you can verify the reciprocation process.

A Residency License is issued for one year and is renewable twice at the recommendation of an employing North Carolina school system. An Initial Professional License is non-renewable and intended for teachers with 0-2 years of teaching experience, and is valid for 3 years. A Continuing Professional License is intended for teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience and is valid for 5 years. Once you complete all of your program requirements and successfully complete one year of full-time teaching on a Residency License, you will be recommended for either the Initial or Continuing Professional License depending on how many years of teaching experience you have.

Field Based Experiences are introductory experiences for a classroom teacher licensure candidate involving reflective observation of EC-12 students, teachers, and faculty/staff members engaging in educational activities in a school setting. Thirty hours of FBEs are required, either in-person or online through our Canvas training system.

No, you do not need classroom experience. Our program is designed for all types of candidates, including those who have never stepped foot inside a classroom.

LEAs may require criminal history checks on applicants for employment. Contact the LEA for more information regarding the criminal history and background check requirements and procedures.

All you pay to get started is $195, the remaining balance of $4700 is due once you are hired. It is then paid back throughout your first year of teaching over a ten-month period.

There are some additional costs to getting licensed that are not included in the program and are not payable to North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow. These estimated costs are those established by entities other than North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow, and generally include the following:

Licensure fees payable to the North Carolina Department of Instruction:

  • Initial Alternative License (Residency License) fee: $100.00
  • Clearing an Alternative License Fee: $60.00

*Additional licensure fees may apply. Please visit for more information

Exam fees payable to state testing service:

  • Praxis II Subject Assessments: Fees may vary between $120.00 – $170.00
  • Pearson Foundations of Reading test: $139.00
  • Pearson General Curriculum tests: Both Subtests in a single appointment: $139/ Multi-Subject Subtest only: $94/ Mathematics Subtest only: $94

During your Residency Year, you are paid as a full-time teacher of record with benefits.

We have plenty of resources to help guide you through the interview process, including resume review specialists.

You must meet all legal requirements to work in the United States.

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust