Program Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching - Middle Grades and Secondary Education with a concentration in Career and Technical Education (16 hours) is a distance education program which combines web-based instruction and face-to-face clinical experiences. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Initial Standard Professional I (SP1) teaching license.

Who would benefit from this program?

The program serves aspiring teachers with an undergraduate degree seeking licensure in middle school and secondary (high school) levels in Career and Technical Education areas of: 

  • Business and Information Technology Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Marketing Education
  • Technology Engineering and Design Education


What can I expect to learn in this program?

Students complete a variety of clinical experiences in diverse settings, so they are prepared to teach in rural, urban or suburban schools. During these experiences, students apply research and/or evidence-based practices gained in coursework, analyze PK-12 student learning, and develop the ability to impact learners in a positive way.A 15-week internship is required for graduate certificate students.  This internship is the culminating experience of the certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Educator’s License.  Students are assigned to a classroom for a full-time semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and university faculty.

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