Admissions & Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75  (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL)
  • One of the following:
    • Hold a relevant undergraduate degree
    • Obtain or already possess 24 credit hours of coursework in the content area for which licensure is sought
    • Passing scores on the related PRAXIS II Subject Assessment
  • Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of the candidate's interaction with children or youth*
  • A statement of purpose
  • Clear criminal background check
  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application

*Note: Recommendations through the Graduate Application Portal are completed electronically once contact information is provided for references. 

Internship/Student Teaching

  • The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience for all concentrations in the Graduate Certificate program, offering candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  Candidates are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time, semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and University faculty. Residency teachers may complete the internship in their own classroom, but must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the student teaching/internship experience and licensure requirements. This contact should take place upon admission to the program.




Must be geographically located in the State of North Carolina. The online Graduate Certificate Program requires classroom observation hours are limited to the state of North Carolina. At this time, we are unable to offer the Graduate Certificate online program to those geographically located outside the state of North Carolina.