Education announces numerous changes to graduate, licensure programs

The School of Education has announced new graduate programs and a residency program beginning this fall. These new programs will provide additional options for current and aspiring professional educators. The new programs include:

 Add-on Licensure in English as a Second Language

In the English as a Second Language program of study, teacher candidates will be exposed to the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages standards and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for the ESL. 

Teacher candidates will work to plan, teach and assess student learning through rigorous and engaging lessons built upon these standards. Included within each of the five courses (15 credit hours) are short field experiences which progressively increase in the depth of understanding expected of a candidate pursuing this licensure. 

This licensure offers the candidate an opportunity to teach the ESL student or possibly work within a local school district serving these students across the district.

Add-on Licensure in Instructional Technology

This is a flexible blended program that welcomes licensed teachers of all grade levels (K-12) and areas of concentration to include core content, elective curricula, special education and career and technical education. The program seeks to promote leadership, innovation, active learning, digital literacy and cybersecurity. 

It’s a graduate program (15 credit hours) that provides educators with a repertoire of current and innovative content material relevant to the 21st Century digital learners.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

This program will offer the candidate an in-depth examination of the development, implementation and evaluation of North Carolina’s curriculum standards. It promotes the intentional creation, planning and implementation of effective curriculum for all learners.  

Career wise, it offers the candidate an opportunity to be a viable applicant for local school district central office curriculum leaders or curriculum coaches within a school setting. This is a 33 credit-hour program.

Master of Education in Gifted Education

In the Master of Gifted Education program of study, teacher candidates will examine the National Association of Gifted Education Teacher Candidate Standards and the North Carolina Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program Standards. Candidates will explore effective programming for the gifted learner through an intensive field experience.  

This graduate program (33 credit hours) extends the Add-on Licensure in Gifted Education program which Professional Education has offered since 2007. This degree offers the candidate an opportunity to become a more effective teacher for the gifted learner, a gifted curriculum specialist at a local school setting or a gifted coordinator in a local school district.

Residency Licensure Program

This licensure program replaces the lateral entry program for candidates who currently have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking the initial North Carolina Teacher License. The interested candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • holds a bachelor’s degree;
  • has either completed coursework relevant to the requested licensure area or passed the content area examination relevant to the requested licensure area that has been approved by the State Board;
  • is enrolled in a recognized educator preparation program; and,
  • meets all other requirements established by the State Board, including completing pre-service requirements prior to teaching.

This program is an online program which offers the beginning teacher the opportunity to coordinate the demands of the teacher with the requirements of obtaining the initial licensure.  It is individually customized for each candidate based upon courses previously taken.

Participants may enter any of these programs during any semester of the academic year.

For information or to apply: Contact Ranae Strickland, Graduate Admissions, School of Education, (910) 814-5515,