NC Teaching Fellows at FSU

The N.C. Teaching Fellows program is designed to encourage students to pursue teaching careers in the high-need areas of science, mathematics and special education, and elementary (K-6).

Key Benefits of the Teaching Fellows Program

  • $5,000 a semester in forgivable loans
  • Preparation for a teaching career in the high-need areas of science, mathematics and special education
  • Mentorship and advisement from content area specialist
  • Cohort that will learn and reflect collaboratively through coursework, clinical experiences, experiential learning, community service, and professional development
  • Field experience opportunities working with highly qualified teachers in the K-12 setting
  • Experiential learning opportunities on- and off-campus
  • To mention a few…


Facilitators of Learning 

The commitment of the College of Education at FSU is to prepare facilitators of learning and other school personnel who:

  • demonstrate caring dispositions
  • practice ethical responsibility
  • are knowledgeable and reflective
  • use research to expand their knowledge base and make evidence-based decisions
  • communicate effectively, and proficiently with all students, parents, peers, and administrators
  • respect all types of diversity and practice responsive pedagogy
  • incorporate technologies appropriately to enhance instruction, learning, research, and data management
  • identify the characteristics of diverse families and communities and use that knowledge to help students learn, achieve, and succeed in life.


About the NC Teaching Fellows Program

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $5,000 a semester ($10,000 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education, elementaty (K-6) 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, or elementary (K-6) teachers in the State’s public schools.

Full program information is available at the N.C. Teaching Fellows website.


Who is Eligible?

High school applicants or applicants with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0. While not required, we strongly encourage applicants to submit an SAT and/or ACT score.

Applicants with more than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

Students already enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program are not eligible to apply.

Teaching Fellow Awards

Forgivable loans may be awarded for use at one of the ten partner institutions for:
  • North Carolina high school seniors: up to 4 years
  • Students applying to transfer to an educator preparation program: up to 3 years
  • Students already enrolled at one of the partner institutions who transition into an educator preparation program: up to 2 years
  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are pursuing preparation for teacher licensure: up to 2 years
Award amounts: up to $5,000 a semester ($10,000 a year). Loan funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and expenses related to obtaining licensure.
Fellows will be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to the terms of their forgivable loans.
Awards are renewable annually for Fellows who continue to meet eligibility requirements.


How to Apply?

Application to licensure preparation programs and application to be an NC Teaching Fellows are two separate processes.

The NC Teaching Fellows Commission reviews the NC Teaching Fellows applications, conducts interviews, and selects semi-finalists and finalists. 

FSU is NOT involved in the NC Teaching Fellows application and selection process.

Application Deadline:

The application portal for Fall 2025 candidates will be open in October 2024.

Announcement of Recipients:

Awardees must accept or decline their award by:

About the Application and Selection Process

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The online application is available at the N.C. Teaching Fellows website:

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Application and Selection Preparation Guide