School of Education Licensure Programs

Office of Student Services

142 School of Education Building


Teacher licensure in North Carolina and qualification for licensure in most of the other states may be earned at four UNC Greensboro professional schools and various departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may select licensure programs in a variety of subject areas.

The School of Education offers programs in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Professions in Deafness, and Special Education; and jointly directs, with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, programs for teacher licensure in core academic subjects at the secondary level.

The School of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Education, offer teacher education curricula.

Graduates of approved teacher education curricula are eligible for initial licensure on the basis of UNC Greensboro’s recommendation to the State Department of Public Instruction. As requirements may vary among departments, students should check with their major advisor for specific information regarding their program.

Important information for all education students at UNC Greensboro can be found in the Teacher Education Handbook.

Admission to Teacher Education

All students who wish to be recommended for teacher licensure in any of the subject areas must be admitted to a specific Teacher Education Program. Students should apply for admission to Teacher Education at the end of their sophomore year and be admitted no later than the first semester of their junior year.

The following requirements must be met:

  1. Grade point average of at least 2.50 (some departments require a GPA higher than a 2.50 to be admitted to teacher education). To determine if students meet this standard, the grade point average (GPA) is calculated using all relevant undergraduate course work.
  2. Recommendation of the school or department where major is to be taken
  3. Achievement of minimum score requirements as set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on the Professional Assessment for Beginning Teachers (Praxis I, ACT, or SAT)
  4. Completion of at least 12 s.h. at UNC Greensboro. The 12 s.h. shall be waived for any transfer student who meets ALL of the aforementioned requirements for admission to Teacher Education. The grade point average for transfer students will be the transferable GPA as computed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  5. Background check requested through UNC Greensboro’s affiliated company as described in the Teacher Education Handbook.

For additional requirements specific to a program, students should check with their major school or department. Students should contact the Office of Student Services (located in the School of Education Building, 334-3410) for:

  1. Clarification of admission requirements.
  2. Appeal of the application of a rule or regulation.

More information on this topic can be found in the Teacher Education Handbook.

Admission to Student Teaching

During the junior year, students already admitted to the Teacher Education Program must apply for admission to Student Teaching.

Student Teaching admission includes:

  1. Grade point average of at least 2.50 (some departments require a GPA higher than a 2.50 for student teaching).
  2. Approval of the school or department in which the student is majoring.
  3. Completion of additional requirements specific to the major department or school teacher education program.

Application forms are available online from the School of Education Licensure Programs website. Forms must be submitted by November 1 for student teaching in the fall of the following year, and by February 15 for student teaching in the spring of the following year.

Student teaching assignments are usually made in schools within commuting distance of UNC Greensboro. Teacher education students are individually responsible for expenses incurred during student teaching, including transportation.

Student teaching in some subject areas is offered only in either the fall or the spring semester. Any student who plans to student teach should check with his or her major program about when student teaching will be offered in a particular subject area.

More information on this topic can be found in the Teacher Education Handbook.

General and Professional Education Requirements

Requirements for teacher licensure are specified in the respective program descriptions. Candidates should know program specific requirements. This information is available on the department websites, handbooks of their licensure programs, and/or in the University Catalog. Students should also speak with their advisors about admission requirements as all licensure programs rely heavily on early and adequate advising.


For Elementary and Middle Grades Licensure

Refer to the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education page of this Bulletin for program requirements.

For K–12 Special Subject-Area Licensure

Refer to the appropriate K-12 Special Subject-Area Licensure page of this Bulletin for program requirements.

For Secondary Subject-Area Licensure (Grades 9–12)

The following courses must be taken in a specified sequence, terminating in student teaching in the spring semester of the senior year. See the online Secondary Education Handbook for more information.

Literacy in the Content Area
Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
Educational Psychology for the Secondary Grades
Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
TED 4XX: In the appropriate subject area
Student Teaching: Secondary School
Student Teaching Seminar
Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educational Settings *

Second Academic Concentration Requirement

All students majoring in Elementary and Physical Education are required to complete an approved second academic concentration consisting of a minimum of 18 credit hours in a basic academic discipline or an approved interdisciplinary field of study. Depending on the academic discipline selected, a maximum of 6 s.h. may be counted toward General Education requirements and the second concentration. This requirement became effective for all students who entered the university in Fall 2005. Some departments (e.g., French and Spanish) require 24 hours for their second academic concentration. All students majoring in Middle Grades Education must complete 24, 25, or 27 hours in two of five content fields: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies. This requirement also applies to students seeking a second degree in one of the affected majors. Students should check with the major school and/or department about this requirement or additional requirements specific to individual programs.

Teacher Licensure in Comprehensive Secondary Social Studies

Students majoring in anthropology, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology can seek teacher licensure in comprehensive secondary social studies. Students seeking social studies licensure must take a total of 18 credit hours in history and economics beyond their major requirements from the departments of anthropology, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. Because history majors need to achieve breadth in social science content and methods, history majors must complete an additional 15 hours of social science electives. Courses must be selected from the following approved list. This list is also available from the School of Education Office of Student Services (School of Education Building), the student’s major advisor, or the social studies advisor in the School of Education. Substitution of any requirements needed for licensure may be made by the social studies advisor in the School of Education.

Courses Satisfying Competencies for the Standard Professional I License in Secondary Social Studies

All secondary social studies licensure students must complete the 18 credits detailed below and one additional 300-level history course.

ECO 101
Navigating World History
Interpreting American History
Historical Methods for Social Studies Teachers
Principles and Practices for Teaching History

History majors must complete an additional 15 credits of social studies electives.

This licensure program relies heavily on early and adequate advising. It is the student’s responsibility to meet as soon as possible with both his/her major advisor and the secondary education advisor in the School of Education Office of Student Services. See other sections in this chapter for additional teacher licensure requirements.

Note that some courses identified below may have prerequisites and many satisfy general education requirements. Choose five courses from the list below from at least three different disciplines.

ATY 213
ATY 258
ATY 330
Latin American Societies and Cultures
GES courses listed below or other regional course.
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Our Dynamic Planet
and Earth Science Laboratory
World Economic Geography
The Geography of World Affairs
Geography of the United States and Canada
Current Topics in Regional Geography
Seminar in Regional Geography
American Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
The Politics of the Non-Western World
General Psychology
Biological Psychology
Principles of Learning
Developmental Psychology
Psychological Perspectives on Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
IQ and Intelligence
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems in Global Context
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of the Family
Global Society
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Family Violence

Application for Teacher Licensure

An application for licensure should be filed with the Office of Student Services within two weeks of graduation. Students should be aware that the licensure process will take six weeks or longer after graduation to be completed.

UNC Greensboro recommends for a teacher’s licensure those students who have completed the appropriate teacher education curriculum, attained acceptable competencies, and whose work has been approved by the appropriate department.

To be licensed in North Carolina, students must meet the specific state requirements for licensure, including an adequate score on relevant Praxis subject-area exams for several licensure programs and demonstration of technology competencies.

Teacher Education Curricula

Programs in teacher education are offered at UNC Greensboro in the four broad areas listed below. Their description is found under the school and/or department listed beside each program. Requirements for teacher licensure are specified in the program descriptions under each respective department.

Birth–12 Licensure

Professions in Deafness—Specialized Education Services

Birth–Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle Grades Licensure

Auditory/Oral (B–K)—Specialized Education Services
Birth through Kindergarten (B–K)—Human Development and Family Studies
Elementary Education (Grades K–6)—Teacher Education and Higher Education
Middle Grades Education (Grades 6–9)—Teacher Education and Higher Education

K–12 Special Subject-Area Licensure

Art Education—Art
Music—Music Education
Physical Education and Health Teacher Education—Kinesiology
Professions in Deafness—Specialized Education Services
School Social Work—Social Work
Second Language in French and Spanish—Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Special Education—Specialized Education Services
Theatre Education—Theatre

Secondary Subject-Area Licensure (Grades 9–12)

Comprehensive Science—Biology
Comprehensive Science—Chemistry and Biochemistry
Latin—Classical Studies
Mathematics—Mathematics and Statistics
Comprehensive Science—Physics and Astronomy
Comprehensive Social Studies—Teacher Education and Higher Education
Integrated Science—Interdepartmental Program