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Middle Grades Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate

The Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs have been discontinued until further notice. If you are interested in a second degree (BSED) in Middle Grades Education, please visit our School of Teaching and Learning site for Middle Grades here. Thank you for your interest in Western Carolina University.

Description: The Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate program provides an opportunity to pursue initial licensure in North Carolina in four content areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies).  For those who qualify, a minimum of twelve credit hours can be applied to a MAED degree in middle grades education, a hybrid program. The professional education course requirement is composed of  27 credit hours. You may also be required to take some pre-requisite courses (0-25 hours) in your content area.

Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.85 GPA   Complete online Eligibility/Pre-Evaluation form for program approval.  The middle grades program is able to successfully supervise and support student teaching and observations in western North Carolina only. The WCU Office of Field Experience will assist with placement in the following school systems for the Middle Grades Post-Baccalaureate students: Asheville City, Buncombe, Burke , CatawbaCherokee Central, Cherokee County, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham , Haywood ,Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, PolkRutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey.  If you live outside the defined region, you are expected to complete the early field experience and student teaching experience within one of the identified school districts.

If your cumulative GPA does not meet the required 2.85 requirement, you may re-establish your GPA by raising your last 60 credit hours to a 3.0. We encourage you to complete identified content courses to re-establish your GPA. These courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution, including community colleges.  

Results: Recommendation for a 6-9th grade teaching license in the chosen content area.  

Instructional Format: The professional education sequence is considered distance education though there may be one or two meetings in Cullowhee or Asheville each semester. You may be required to take additional pre-requisites courses in your content area; not all of the pre-requisite courses are offered online by WCU.  With the approval of your advisor, you may fulfill these requirements at another accredited institution, including community colleges.  One full semester of internship/student teaching is required in the subject & grade level of the licensure concentration; internship should be fulfilled after all other course work is successfully completed. The internship is not a paid internship. However lateral entry teachers may complete internship using their own classrooms.

Admission: Rolling admission allows students to begin Spring, Summer, or Fall semester.



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