Teach at CMS


At Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we are looking for bright, energetic, motivated, and dedicated teachers.  We want individuals who will be inspiring leaders in and out of the classroom, raise achievement for every student and will never settle with the status quo.  We want teachers that students will remember and talk about for years to come.  Learn more about our district and the great county we serve by reading the information below or if you are ready, apply now!



Please review the Tips and Resources for Applicants page for detailed information regarding the application process and for help with your job search.


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  • We are a nationally recognized leader in academic achievement and instructional programs.

  • We have a small-district feel even though we have over 175 schools.

  • We are a diverse district with students from 183 different countries.

  • We offer a wide range of instructional environments for teachers, including traditional schools, magnet programs, and career and technical education programs.

  • We are supported by parents and the broader community.  We have over 41,000 volunteers at CMS.

  • We incorporate technology into instruction by having SmartBoards and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). All students in grades three through 12 have Chromebooks.

  • We offer our 147,000 students the best education they deserve.  The four-year cohort graduation rate at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools rose to 89.6 percent in 2016.

  • Click here to read a letter from one of our students about coming to teach at CMS.



Our Schools

  • CMS has over 175 schools throughout the greater Charlotte area.  Click here for a list of our schools.

  • We offer a wide range of magnet programs which provide public education options emphasizing specialized learning environments and innovative instructional programs to promote excellence in student achievement and growth.

Salary and Benefits

  • The CMS teacher pay schedule includes the salary determined by the state of North Carolina as well as the Mecklenburg County supplement - one of the highest county supplements in the state.   

  • CMS strives to provide employees with the most competitive benefit package in the industry.  We take pride in being able to offer comprehensive and affordable benefits.  Visit our Employee Benefits web page for more details.

  • Our teachers are included in one of the strongest U.S. public pension systems, the North Carolina Retirement System.  Employees contribute just 6% of their salary to the System and the state contribution rate is 16.54%.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Teacher Leadership Positions

  • Success by Design schools offer career paths that allow you to stay in the classroom while continuing to advance as a teacher and teacher-leader, reaching many more students with excellent instruction, receiving and giving great support, and earning up to $20,000 more in addition to your base salary.

  • Click here to learn more!

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

  • The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, offered through the US Department of Education, is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

  • For more information on this program, please click here.

Licensure Resources

New Teacher Mentoring

  • The CMS Center for Effective Teaching & Learning offers a comprehensive Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP) with the intent of ensuring that our beginning teachers have every opportunity to attain success.



Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte lies within the southern Piedmont of North Carolina and along the state’s border of South Carolina. Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname "the International Gateway to the South."

Bright sun and clear skies are common during the summer months. Unlike summers in some Southern cities, very hot weather conditions (higher than 90° F) usually occur only 36 days each year in Charlotte.  Snow is infrequent, with an average annual accumulation of less than six inches, but Charlotte is just two hours away from countless snow skiing resorts in the North Carolina mountains.

For more information on Charlotte and what to do in our area, click on the links below.