TEACH Charlotte is a highly selective alternative route to teaching program designed for outstanding candidates dedicated to positively affecting student achievement. Successful candidates can have a great impact by teaching in the fields of math, science, Exceptional Children, Spanish, English or English as a Second Language (ESL) where there is a great need for high-quality instruction.
To apply, candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. No previous coursework in education or teaching experience is required. In order to be eligible for the program:
- You must possess a bachelor's degree (conferred by June 1, 2013).
- Your undergraduate GPA must be 2.50 or higher.
- You must be eligible to work in the United States.
- You cannot be a current CMS teacher or a fully licensed teacher in any state.
- You must not be currently enrolled in another traditional or alternative route program that is designed to lead to teacher licensure.
- You must meet testing or coursework requirements for your subject area by May 15, 2013 (math, science, Exceptional Children, Spanish, English/Language Arts, or ESL).
You must possess a bachelor's degree.
Candidates who either hold a bachelor’s degree or who are currently completing their bachelor's degree coursework from an accredited university and expect to have the degree conferred no later than June 1, 2013 are eligible to apply. Please note that a bachelor's degree is a requirement for holding a lateral entry license.
Graduates of foreign universities must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency. When requesting an evaluation, be sure that the agency specifically states that you have received the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in your subject area AND provides a full listing of your coursework, including your cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applications that include foreign transcripts will not be reviewed until the completed evaluation has been faxed to the TEACH Charlotte office at 980-343-6027 (Attn: TEACH Charlotte).
Your undergraduate GPA must be 2.50 or higher.
Without exception, individuals must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher. Candidates with a GPA that falls between a 2.50 and a 3.0 will have the opportunity in the online application to address any issues that may be relevant to their academic performance.
If invited to an interview, candidates must provide at least one official transcript from each college or university attended.
Advanced academic achievements, such as a graduate-level GPA, are taken into account later in the selection process. In the initial eligibility stage, all applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 2.50 or higher.
You must be eligible to work in the United States.
Applicants must present proof of legal work status in order to become employees of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
You cannot be a current CMS teacher or a fully-licensed teacher in any state.
Current teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as teachers already in possession of their teaching license from any state, are not eligible for the TEACH Charlotte program.
You must not be currently enrolled in another traditional or alternative route program that is designed to lead to teacher licensure.
TEACH Charlotte is designed for individuals who are not already completing a teacher preparation program. Individuals currently enrolled in another teacher education program, or those who have already completed student teaching, are not eligible. Please note that enrollment in any teacher preparation program, even if the program was not completed in its entirety, may make a candidate ineligible for TEACH Charlotte.
You must meet testing or coursework requirements for your subject area by June 1, 2013.
The goal of the TEACH Charlotte program is to find outstanding new teachers, like you, who will enter their classrooms as highly qualified new educators. Therefore, applicants must meet testing or coursework requirements according to state, district, and licensure program guidelines for the subject they wish to teach by June 1, 2013.
If you meet coursework requirements for your assigned subject area, you may be able to take the Praxis exam at a later date. If, however, you would like to teach a subject for which you do not meet the coursework requirements, you must take and pass the relevant exam(s) in order to qualify. Please note that in order to qualify for Exceptional Children or ESL, you must take and pass the required exams; there are no coursework requirements for these subject areas. Register for your tests now: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nc/requirements/.
TEACH Charlotte is currently recruiting teachers for math, science, Exceptional Children, Spanish, English, and ESL classrooms, based on the needs of the district. Testing requirements vary by subject and are established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as TNTP Academy. Please keep these testing requirements in mind when stating your subject area preferences on your online application. These requirements are non-negotiable.
To be eligible to teach any of the subject areas for which we are recruiting, candidates must pass required exam(s) by June 1, 2013 OR meet the coursework requirements outlined in the far right column.
| Minimum Qualifying Score |
| Coursework Requirements |
High School Math
|Combined score of 281 |
|Math major, or 24 credit hours of math or math coursework |
High School Science
|Biology major, or 24 credit hours of science coursework (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) |
|Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 7-12 ||157 |
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Mathematics (0069)
|141 ||Math major, or 24 credit hours of math or math coursework |
Middle School Science
Middle School Science (0439)
|134 ||Science major, or 24 credit hours of science coursework (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) |
Spanish: World Language (5195)
| Spanish major, or 24 hours of Spanish coursework |
| ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Written Proficiency Test (WPT) |
(these are not Praxis II exams)
|Intermediate High for both OPI and WPT |
|Coursework is not relevant. Exams are required. |
|High School English/Language Arts |
|English major, or 24 hours of English coursework |
|Middle School English/Language Arts |
| ||145 ||English major, or 24 hours of English coursework |
|English as a Second Language (ESL) ||English to Speakers of Other Languages (0361) ||141 ||Coursework is not relevant. Exams are required. |
Beyond the specific eligibility requirements for each subject area listed above, candidates are responsible for submitting documentation to verify eligibility as early as possible. To qualify through testing, this includes registering for, studying for, and passing all required exams. Candidate who qualify for the program through coursework must submit their official transcript to the TEACH Charlotte office at the time of an in-person interview. Admission to the TEACH Charlotte program is contingent upon meeting the requirements listed above. Candidates who submit their documentation early may increase their likelihood of acceptance into the program. For more important dates and information about registering for the Praxis exams, review the Testing Requirements section of this website. Register for your tests now here.
With careful review of these eligibility requirements, TEACH Charlotte applicants will benefit from a streamlined application and selection process and, if selected, will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive Pre-Service Training before embarking on a new career in education.
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