If you are considering changing careers and have a bachelor’s degree, the School of Teaching and Learning offers the following paths that lead to teacher licensure and specialization.
(K-6) The 2nd Degree in Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.
This residential program is designed for people who have already earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than education and are now seeking licensure in Elementary Education. Licensure requirements are completed at the same time the second degree is earned.
The 2nd Degree in Elementary Education, B.S.Ed. degree requires 27 hours in the Professional Education Sequence and 41 major hours.
Successful completion of the 2nd Degree Program will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree and an initial N.C. teaching license at the elementary level (K-6).
(6-9) Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
This program is now inactive. Please click here for further information.
The Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Online Program provides an opportunity to pursue initial licensure in North Carolina in four content areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science) while completing the Professional Education sequence.
Receipt of the certificate alone requires the completion of 27 graduate credit hours in the Professional Education sequence for the chosen content area. Receipt of the certificate and initial licensure in North Carolina requires the completion of 27 graduate credit hours in the Professional Education sequence for the chosen content area, plus the completion of 24 hours in the content area courses.
LEARN HOW TO APPLY or contact WCU's Office of Alternative Licensure for more information.