Teaching Fellows

Learn more about teaching fellows at the Cato College of Education

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program provides up to $8,250 a year in forgivable loans to students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school. Cato College of Education faculty are national leaders in the special education and STEM fields. Join our team of dynamic faculty and vibrant student population as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, and start your journey towards a rewarding career as an educator.

Who Can Apply?

  • North Carolina high school seniors
  • Transfer students
  • Current UNC Charlotte students who want to transition to teacher education
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree in a different field who want to pursue teacher licensure

Why Teaching Fellows?

Why teaching? Because the pursuit of teaching is the pursuit of excellence. The pursuit of honing a craft and perfecting a science. Because excellent teachers are not just born, they are developed, equipped, and trained. Unlike other professions, success isn’t measured by achieving a sales goal or meeting a deadline. Success in teaching is measured by ensuring the success of others, by changing the course of a life.

The Teaching Fellows program has an important legacy in North Carolina. For decades, it provided a way for the best and brightest in North Carolina to have a place of influence and distinction by elevating them to a vital role — the role of a teacher.

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly reestablished Teaching Fellows and specifically designed the program to meet the areas of most need in our State — not just by focusing on special education and STEM fields, but also by prioritizing low-performing schools.

So why Teaching Fellows? Because here in North Carolina, it’s not just about choosing a career that makes a difference, it’s about being equipped and trained to make that difference for the students that need it most.

The need is great. The challenges are real. But so is the opportunity and the reward. The opportunity to ensure that every student in North Carolina receives an excellent education that equips them for success. The reward of changing lives.

Be a part of the legacy. Be a part of a brighter future.

Learn more Apply Now (Applications open October 1st – January 21st)


Dr. Daniel Alston



Graduate Assistant

Jessica Hawkins