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 $8,250 per year in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in special education and 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.

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly specifically designed the program to meet the areas of most need in our State by focusing on special education and STEM fields, and also by prioritizing low-performing schools.

NCTF Eligible Pathways at Elon

At Elon, we have multiple special education majors that are eligible for the program, including our Early Childhood Education major, our dual licensure Special Education & Elementary Education major, and dual licensure Special Education & Middle Grades Education and Special Education & Secondary Education majors with specializations in English, History, Mathematics, and Science.

  • 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 January 7, 2019.

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 ($5500 per year scholarship) and the NC Teaching Fellows program ($8250 per year forgivable loan). The Elon Teaching Fellows program application and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program application are separate processes.