Most university and program applications include the following parts:
- Personal information.
- Academic history & transcripts.
- Test results.
- Supplemental materials.
Your EPP will provide guidance on how you should fill out each section. You might upload documents in an application portal, email them or mail original documents.
We know you’re diligent, responsible and capable. But rockstar qualities aside, double-check which documents your program requires and their method of delivery. Make sure that you are not missing any information. Failing to fill out certain fields could jeopardize your acceptance to the program.
Most EPPs require similar materials for their applications, and all will ask you to enter your background information. This section commonly includes your name, address, email, phone number and social security number.
Even though you will submit copies of your transcripts, you might get general questions about your GPA and academic or professional history in this section too. Gather all of your documents before you begin an application.
Academic History & Transcripts
For most EPP applications, your transcripts will provide proof of your academic history. When requested, include your transcript as part of your application.
You may be able to upload unofficial transcripts for the initial application, but you will need to formally request your official transcripts before (or shortly after) you are admitted. Contact the Transcript Office (or equivalent) of the schools you attended, and follow their procedures to request your transcripts. Budget at least three to five days for processing. Some schools will send transcripts via mail; others may have electronic copies. You may have to pay a small fee to get copies of your transcripts.
If you are applying to an undergraduate program at the same school you currently attend, you may not need to send physical copies of your transcripts—your school may already have access. When in doubt, check with the program.
Required Tests for All Applicants
All candidates for educator licensure must take a core academic skills test in reading, writing and math. Your SAT or ACT scores may count, or you may need to sign up for the Praxis Core Academic Skills test.
Keep in mind that the university application may have different score requirements for the SAT/ACT than your educator preparation program. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sets minimum score requirements for teacher candidates. With this in mind, you may need to take the Praxis I Core Academic Skills test, even if you have SAT/ACT scores.
Required Tests for Graduate Applicants
In addition to passing scores on a core academic skills test, some graduate programs that award a master’s degree along with a teaching credential may require additional test scores as part of the application.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Some master’s level programs require GRE scores as a measure of readiness for graduate level work.
- Praxis II subject matter tests: While all teacher candidates will take the required subject matter tests for their subject, some master’s level programs require you to take this test during the application process.
You can review step-by-step checklists—including the tests they require—for many North Carolina EPPs on our Programs page.
Keep copies of all of your application materials and have extra score reports on hand, if possible. Now is a great time to flex your organizational muscles. You know you’ll need them as a teacher!
All EPPs require additional application materials, though timing and submission processes vary. The most common supplemental materials for North Carolina EPPs include:
- Essay responses or a personal statement.
- Letters of recommendation or contact information for references.
- Background check/fingerprinting.