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Education in North Carolina

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Schools Offering Education Programs in North Carolina

Each year, approximately 2.4% of North Carolina graduates receive degrees in education. Thus, North Carolina's 86 education schools put out approximately 5,260 education professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in North Carolina with a education program is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is located in Chapel Hill. In 2010, it was ranked 12th nationwide. 160 students graduated with a degree in education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. The tuition rate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was $6,665 per year.

The second-ranked school in North Carolina that has a education program is North Carolina State University at Raleigh. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, which was ranked 20th in the country in 2010, is located in Raleigh. 334 students graduated with degree in education from North Carolina State University at Raleigh in 2010. North Carolina State University at Raleigh charged in-state students $6,529 in tuition fees per year.

Elon University, which was ranked 20th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in North Carolina that has a education program. It is located in Elon College. In 2010, Elon University graduated 90 students from its education programs. The tuition rate at Elon University was $26,827 per year.


Education schools in North Carolina, charge students an average tuition of $10,015 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $39,970 per year, or as little as $1,454 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at North Carolina education schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Wake Forest University - located in Winston Salem, students are charged $39,970 per year
  2. Guilford College - located in Greensboro, students are charged $28,800 per year
  3. Elon University - located in Elon College, students are charged $26,827 per year

The education schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in North Carolina were:

  1. Vance-Granville Community College - located in Henderson, students are charged $1,454 per year
  2. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year
  3. Craven Community College - located in New Bern, students are charged $1,472 per year

An education degree from a North Carolina school... what next?

Many North Carolina education graduates become a postsecondary vocational teacher, social science teacher, postsecondary teacher, elementary school teacher, and business teacher. In 2010, there were 99,150 education professional working in North Carolina, including 4,420 instructional coordinators, 6,760 postsecondary vocational teachers, and 260 social science teachers. In North Carolina, the largest numbers of education professional work in the following counties:

  1. Anson County - 16,850 education professionals
  2. Franklin County - 11,170 education professionals
  3. Bladen County - 9,420 education professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of education professionals in North Carolina will grow by 14%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 82,310 education professionals working in North Carolina. The greatest growth for education professional is predicted to be amongst Instructional Coordinators, who are expected to increase by 17% by 2018.


On average, education professionals earn $64,596 per year. However, North Carolina education professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $20,290 per year to more than $162,920 per year in 2010. On average education professional earn the most in the following North Carolina counties:

  1. Chatham County - $82,085 per year
  2. Franklin County - $66,703 per year
  3. Davie County - $62,136 per year

The following counties in North Carolina have the lowest average salaries for education professional:

  1. Wayne County - $38,210 per year
  2. Alamance County - $42,270 per year
  3. Greene County - $49,205 per year

The education professionals with highest average salaries in North Carolina were:

  1. Health Specialties Teacher - $113,990 per year
  2. Social Science Teacher - $89,390 per year
  3. Postsecondary Teacher - $83,550 per year

On average, the lowest paid education professionals in North Carolina were:

  1. Middle School Teacher - $42,670 per year
  2. Kindergarten Teacher - $41,760 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in education in North Carolina and to compare salaries with various related fields such as teaching or elementary education, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Education in North Carolina
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education in North Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Education in North Carolina
  • Doctoral Degree in Education in North Carolina
  • Certificate in Education in North Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 38,940 $43,200 3.2%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 18,920 $42,670 -11.9%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 7,730 $113,990 16.4%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 6,760 $49,780 23.4%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 4,430 $45,620 25.5%
Instructional Coordinators 4,420 $55,550 14.8%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 4,130 $41,760 -16.6%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 3,100 $61,770 24.5%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 2,760 $82,220 -11.0%
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 2,170 $69,000 17.9%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,710 $72,260 -5.0%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 1,610 $83,550 -12.0%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 1,150 $45,620 -16.1%
Education Administrators, All Other 1,060 $72,560 152.4%
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 260 $89,390 100.0%

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