Elon University is a partner institution in the new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program approved by the state’s General Assembly. The program recruits, prepares, and supports students attending North Carolina’s top education programs to become highly effective teachers in the state’s public schools.

Students participating in the program will receive up to $10,000 per year in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in elementary, special education, or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The program is specifically designed to attract high-quality teachers to low-performing schools by offering an accelerated loan forgiveness schedule for Teaching Fellows who agree to teach in a low-performing school in North Carolina.

NCTF Eligible Pathways at Elon

At Elon, we have multiple special education majors that are eligible for the program, including our Elementary Education major, our dual licensure Special Education & Elementary Education major, and dual licensure Special Education & Middle Grades Education.

  • NC high school senior
  • Current Elon student transitioning into teacher education program
  • Transfer student from another institution

How to Apply

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission website provides more details for students on how to apply to the program. The application is available here, and will be due on February 18, 2024.

High school senior applicants to the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program who are interested in attending Elon must also complete the regular Elon admission application process here. They should also apply separately to the Elon Teaching Fellows program, which includes additional scholarship monies and activities here.  Eligible students can potentially be selected to receive funding from both the Elon Teaching Fellows program ($7500 per year scholarship) and the NC Teaching Fellows program ($10,000 per year forgivable loan). The Elon Teaching Fellows program application and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program application are separate processes.