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Exceptional Children Teachers in North Carolina

How to Become a Teacher in this High Need Area

Exceptional Children Teachers are in High Demand

It’s no surprise that 49 states report a shortage of Special Education teachers, and 82% of exceptional children teachers report that there are not enough professionals to meet the needs of students with disabilities and IEPs.

If you want to become an exceptional children – general curriculum teacher in North Carolina, look no further than North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow. The North Carolina Teachers educator preparation program will get you fully licensed to teach exceptional children – general curriculum, either one-on-one or teaching in a classroom of developmentally delayed students.Special Education Infographic

The Role of the Exceptional Children Teacher

Elementary and secondary exceptional children – general curriculum teachers build lesson plans based on their assessment of each of their students’ needs. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are central to this process. Each student has their own specific set of needs and circumstances, and the IEP serves as a road map to track the student’s progress, informing the strategy behind how supervising teacher assistants, group activity, one-on-one instruction, and parents come together to assist the student in accomplishing their goals toward progress in the classroom.

The exceptional children – general curriculum teacher works in conjunction with general education teachers, as well as counselors and administrators, to further the goals set forth in a student’s IEP. As each student’s educational steward, the exceptional children – general curriculum teacher updates the IEP throughout the year to reflect their progress and goals. The IEPs you create for students will collectively determine how you structure your classroom. The North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow training program will teach you how to create effective individualized education plans based on the state standards. Once the IEPs have been established, the exceptional children – general curriculum teacher works with students and parents to carry them out.



  1. Assisting students as they acquire basic life skills
  2. Behavioral and emotional development
  3. Designing and implementing modified curricula to fit student abilities
  4. Assessing students’ performance via modified testing procedures, such as oral examinations, larger print materials, and extended test times
  5. Collaborating with parents, counselors, physical therapists, medical professionals, administrators, and other teachers



  1. Organized and good at multitasking
  2. Able to provide and cultivate structure for students’ routines
  3. Optimistic and positive
  4. Displays empathy and is accepting of their students’ differences
  5. Calm and even-tempered, even in emergency situations
  6. Creative problem solver
  7. Seeks to truly understand and encourage students
  8. Intuitive and able to anticipate students’ needs
  9. Patient and kind
  10. Team player

Are you ready to learn more about becoming an exceptional children – general curriculum teacher in North Carolina? Apply for free and one of our expert program advisors will contact you to help you develop a personalized path to licensure!

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Steps to Becoming an Exceptional Children Teacher

The North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to certify teachers in exceptional children – general curriculum. All you need is a bachelor’s degree in any major with a 2.7 GPA to get started. We will need a completed application and official transcripts to admit you into the program.

Step 1: Training

After being admitted to our program, you will complete innovative, engaging online training, and teacher observations to get you ready for the classroom. The North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow program provides extensive training in pedagogy, allowing teachers of exceptional children – general curriculum to gain all of the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective teacher before ever stepping foot in the classroom. Throughout the training you will observe the classrooms of veteran teachers of exceptional children and complete projects to expand upon that field experience.

Step 2: Testing

Candidates for an exceptional children – general curriculum licensure will take the following exams:

  1. Pearson Test 090 – Foundations of Reading
  2. Pearson Test 103 – Multi-subjects Subtest
  3. Pearson Test 203 – Mathematics Subtest
  4. Pearson General Curriculum Test 701 (Multi-subjects & Math subtests taken in one test session)
  5. Core Knowledge Test – Praxis II (5543)

Leading test preparation materials are provided on our Study Resources page.

Step 3: Teaching

During your first year of teaching, also known as the Residency Year, you will receive full pay and benefits. The Residency Year provides the opportunity to work directly with children and lead your own classroom while also having help from your assigned Field Supervisor, a veteran educator with more than 15 years of experience in education.

Upon successful completion of your residency year and program requirements, you will become a fully licensed teacher. Teachers of exceptional children – general curriculum are in very high demand in North Carolina. Make a difference in the lives of students in your community by becoming a licensed teacher today.

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Additional Resources

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) provides additional support specifically for prospective teachers of Exceptional Children. Their website provides valuable resources such as their Classroom Management Series publication, video lectures and much more.

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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