Program Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching: Elementary Education is a 21-credit hour program designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree outside of education. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Standard Professional I teaching license.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Career changers and those with a bachelor’s degree in another area to obtain a North Carolina teaching license and even work towards a Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • Aspiring elementary school teachers

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • All courses require students to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in public school/agency settings. During the Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education program, all students are expected to complete clinical experiences in at least three significantly different settings.
  • Clinical field experiences provide opportunities for helping all students learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups. During clinical experiences, students apply theories and understandings gained in coursework, analyze K-6 student learning, and develop the ability to positively impact all learners.

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