Appalachian’s Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching is a 19- or 24-credit-hour alternative teacher licensure program. It leads to recommendation for an N.C. initial teaching license and includes three semesters of coursework followed by a related field-based practicum.
Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution will expand upon their knowledge in a related undergraduate/content major while integrating teaching theory, practice and preparation for today’s culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.
The program has three cognates, all of which are considered high-need areas for teachers in North Carolina:
- Middle Grades Education (6-9th grade), online – includes language arts, science, math, social studies
- Career and Technical Education (6th-12th grade), online – includes technology, marketing, business, finance, trade and industry, family and consumer sciences, CTE health sciences
- Secondary Math and Science (9th-12th grade), on campus
This is a program that leads to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.
Required Entrance Exam: None
Required number of references to specify in the online form: None
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); Short statement with the cognate (Middle Grades Education, Career and Technical Education, Secondary Math or Secondary Science) of interest and description of your background and why you are interested in becoming a teacher (maximum 350 words) (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application).
Graduates are working at these and other employers:
Middle and high schools across North Carolina
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: 4/1
- Fall: 7/1
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- The middle grades program is nationally recognized.
- Graduates are highly sought after and easily employable.
- The program offers engaging, community-based online courses with personal connections.
- Up to 18 hours of the certificate program coursework can be counted towards a master’s degree at Appalachian.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Middle Grades Teacher
- CTE Teacher
- Secondary Math or Science Teacher
Dr. Holly Thornton