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General Admission Requirements for Licensure Only, Lateral Entry and Add-On Licensure Programs

A complete application packet must be received before your application/transcript evaluation request is processed. A complete application includes the licensure-only application, transcript evaluation request form, a sealed copy of official transcripts and the application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. Due to the volume of applications received, the School of Education recommends that applicants submit applications as early as possible to be considered for the upcoming semester.

A licensure only student is one who is seeking to complete the required course work in order to obtain a clear North Carolina teaching license.

A lateral entry student is one who is currently working as a head teacher under a provisional license until s/he has completed the course work for a clear North Carolina teaching license. Course work needed is based on the same plan of study as a licensure only student. If the lateral entry student is still teaching during the student teaching phase of the program, the teaching position will apply to student teaching.

Note: If an individual holds a clear license from another state and is seeking to transfer that license to North Carolina contact the NCCU Licensure Officer at (919) 530-7790.

The add-on licensure program is for candidates with a clear North Carolina license seeking to add-on another area of licensure.

Programs Offered for Licensure Only and Lateral Entry Licensure

  • Birth-Kindergarten Education
  • Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
  • Middle Grades Education (Grades 6-9)
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Comprehensive Science
    • Comprehensive Social Studies
  • Special Areas (K-12)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
    • Modern Foreign Language-Spanish
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education
    • Special Education
    • Theatre Arts Education

In order to receive full admission status into any North Carolina Central University Teacher Education program a student must apply to the Teacher Education Program. Once the following requirements have been met, the student must apply by completing the Teacher Education Program Application with their adviser/coordinator.

To be eligible for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) as a post-baccalaureate/2nd degree candidate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an official transcript of the Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have an earned GPA of 2.5 or higher in the first bachelor's degree

Note: As mandated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, students with less than a 2.5 GPA must complete 15 hours at NCCU (unrestricted courses) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and also pass Praxis I.

Application Process

The Program Director/Coordinator will submit the TEP Application to the Licensure Office in the School of Education, where it will be processed and presented to the Teacher Education Council for approval. You will receive notification of your admission to the program via mail.

Prospective students must submit a complete application packet to the Alternative Licensure Office before the application/transcript evaluation request will be processed. Failure to submit all documents together will result in a delayed admission. Official transcripts should not be forwarded directly to our office. If you received your bachelor's degree from NCCU you must still request a transcript through the University Registrar.

A complete application packet includes:

Send all required materials according to your program of interest to:

NCCU - School of Education
Alternative Licensure Programs
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 530-7790
(919) 530-7682 (FAX)

Please allow 30 days for processing

Transcripts

An official transcript is required from all institutions from which you have taken courses. Your application is not complete and ready to be reviewed by faculty until all transcripts are received.

Fee

A non-refundable $40 application fee is required for each program to which you apply. Applicants can pay their application fee by mailing a check or money order made payable to NCCU. To pay by credit card, payment must be made at the NCCU Bursars' Office and a receipt must be included in the application packet. Applications that arrive without the required application fee will remain on file, unprocessed, pending receipt of the application fee. If someone is paying the application fee for you, please ask him or her to include your name as the intended applicant when they submit the check or money order.

Mailing Instructions

Applicants are responsible for directing required materials to the Office of Alternative Licensure Programs. Please send all documents in one envelope. DO NOT have transcripts forwarded directly to NCCU. Your transcripts must accompany all other required documents. Failure to direct materials per the instructions will result the delay of your application process. The School of Education cannot be responsible for materials not submitted in accordance with these instructions.

Send all required materials according to your program of interest to:

NCCU - School of Education
Alternative Licensure Programs
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707

Please allow 30 days for processing

Lateral Entry Applicants

Applicants for a lateral entry license must be employed by a North Carolina school system and hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the subject area they are employed to teach, or hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have satisfied Praxis II testing requirements for the license area (NCDPI).

Individuals must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or have passed the NTE/Praxis I tests and have earned one of the following:

  • a GPA of 3.0 in the major field of study
  • a GPA of 3.0 on all work completed in the senior year or
  • a GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 15 semester hours (NCDPI)

Individuals licensed through lateral entry must complete an approved education program in their area of license. Successful teaching experience may be substituted for the student teaching requirement.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Licensure Office can help address questions. The main number for the Licensure Office is (919) 807-3310. The toll free number is (800) 577-7994. The "Employment and Licensure Hotlink" available on the website for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is another helpful source of information. The URL is http://www.dpi.state.nc.us. The Teach4NC Web site http://www.teach4nc.com also provides excellent information on all aspects of teaching in North Carolina.

Admissions

After submitting a complete application packet the applicant will be admitted to NCCU. The individual's credentials will be evaluated and a program of study will be created outlining the coursework necessary to earn a clear license. Please allow 30 days from the date of receipt for the program of study to be returned. (Failure to submit all documents at one time will result in further delay of this process.)

Note: If the applicant fails to attend NCCU in the semester following admission he/she will have to contact the Alternative Licensure Office to be readmitted and pay the application fee.

Transcript Evaluation Process

  • The Program Director/Coordinator will review transcript(s).
  • The Program Director/Coordinator will outline a program of study to follow. This plan will include the Content Area courses, Professional Knowledge course, field experience, and tests required.
  • The program of study and additional information will be sent via US mail to the applicant.
  • After receiving the program of study please contact the Advisor listed to discuss the plan and registration for the upcoming semester.

Professional Knowledge Core Course Requirements

  • EDU 2800 or EDU 4300 Computer Utilization of Instructional Technology
  • EDU 3000 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 3010 Human Growth and Development
  • EDU 3030 Diversity Pedagogy & Social Change
  • EDU 3120 Inclusive Teaching/Students with Special Needs
  • EDU 3150 Instructional Planning*
  • EDU 3170 Assessment of Learning**

* Lateral Entry Teachers are recommended to take EDU 3150 first.

**This required course in the Professional Knowledge sequence is to be taken only after the student has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Note: Licensure requirements in each content area may vary. The candidate must adhere to the requirements stated by the Program Director/Coordinator.

Add-on Licensure Program

This is a licensure program for candidates who hold a clear North Carolina license seeking to add-on another area of licensure.

Note: If an individual holds a clear North Carolina License and would like to add an additional area, other than those listed below, it may be possible to take Praxis II and add the subject area that way.

Programs Offered

  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Reading
  • School Administration

Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution,
  • Completed his or her degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher and,
  • Hold a current clear license from NCDPI.
  • There are additional Requirements for School Administration add-on licensure.

Admissions

After submitting a complete application packet the applicant will be considered for admission to NCCU. The individual's credentials will be evaluated and, if accepted, a program of study will be created outlining the coursework necessary to earn a clear add-on license. Please allow 30 days from the date of receipt for the program of study to be returned. (Failure to submit all documents at one time will result in further delay of this process.)

Note: If the applicant fails to attend NCCU in the semester following admission he/she will have to contact the Alternative Licensure Office to be readmitted and pay the application fee. Course Requirements vary according to add-on licensure program.

Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Add-on Licensure Program

The Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Add-on Licensure Program meets North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) standards and guidelines for an add-on license in AIG. This means that candidates must already hold a license in another teaching area, or are already formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program working on another license, to be eligible for AIG add-on licensure. The AIG Program is a rigorous and relevant 12-credit hour program (four 3-credit hour courses). Courses must be taken in sequence. The intensive summer program includes curriculum development and implementation with a group of AIG, or potentially AIG, students. Candidates must be willing to commit to the full three-week teacher session from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, with the possibility of independent reflection, planning, and preparation in the evenings.

Guidelines

  • Provide letter of interest in pursuing AIG licensure;
  • Documentation of licensure in another teaching area or of admission to the Teacher Education Program seeking licensure in another area;
  • Transcripts for previous degrees or degree in progress.

Add-on licensure candidates must provide a letter of interest in pursuing licensure; documentation of clear licensure in another teaching area; and transcripts for previous institutions may be requested as well. Transcripts will be evaluated for equivalent course work and relevant experiences and a program of study will be developed.

To apply, contact:

NCCU School of Education
Office of Alternative Licensure Programs
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 530-7790
(919) 530-7682 (FAX)
soelicensure@nccu.edu

Course Sequence

The four 3-credit hour courses for this licensure area include:

Gateway 1: Fall

  • EDCI 5631: Characteristics of the Academically Gifted Child

Gateway 2: Spring

  • EDCI 5641: Methods and Models of Instruction for the Academically Gifted
  • EDCI 5651: Curriculum Development and Differentiation for Gifted Education

Gateway 3: Summer (Intensive 3-week Teacher Session)

  • EDCI 5694: Practicum in Academically/Intellectually Gifted Education

English as a Second Language Add-on Licensure Program

Candidates for ESL licensure must provide a transcript from each university previously attended; hold, or be eligible for, a license in another area; must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program; and must complete the courses in the sequence outlined below.

  • Licensure Area
  • Transcript GPA
  • Submitted application to TEP

Courses and Practicum

Gateway 1: (Fall/Spring)

  • EDU 3310: Foundations in Literacy Assessment and Planning (3) (Fall)
  • EDU 3410: Principles of Teaching Reading K-6 (3) (Fall)
  • ENG 2115: Linguistics (Spring)
  • EDSH 5700: Speech and Language Development (3) (Spring)

Gateway 2: (Summer)

  • EDSH 5780: Bilingual Communication Development and Disorders (3)
    (Summer)
  • EDU 4060: Language and Culture (3)
  • EDU 4010: Reading in the Content Areas (3)

Gateway 3: (Fall)

  • EDU 4020: English as a Second Language & Second Language Literacy (3)
  • EDU 4070: Practicum in ESL (4)

Reading Add-on Licensure Program

The Reading Add-on Licensure Program meets North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) standards and guidelines for an add-on license in Reading. This means that candidates must already hold a license in another teaching area, or are already formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program working on another license, to be eligible for Reading Add-on licensure. The Reading Program is a rigorous and relevant 25-credit hour program (8 courses). Courses must be taken in sequence. As an add-on licensure area, candidates may have already met some of the competencies. Therefore, courses may be waived based on a transcript review and appropriate documentation.

Guidelines

Provide letter of interest in pursuing Reading licensure;

  • Documentation of licensure in another teaching area or of admission to the Teacher Education Program seeking licensure in another area;
  • Transcripts for previous degrees or degree in progress;
  • Course descriptions from previous institutions, upon request; and
  • Transcript will be evaluated for equivalent course work, relevant experiences will be considered, and a program of study developed.

To apply, contact:

NCCU School of Education
Office of Alternative Licensure Programs
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707
919-530-7790

Course Sequence

The courses for Reading Add-on licensure area include:

Gateway 1:

  • EDU 3310: Foundations in Literacy Assessment (3)
  • EDU 3400: Language Arts Instruction (3)
  • EDU 3410: Principles of Teaching Reading K-6 (3)

Gateway 2:

  • LSIS 4505: Children's Literature or (3)
  • EDU 4950: Adolescent Literature (3)
  • EDU 4010: Reading in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDU 4020: ESL/Second Language Literacy (3)

Gateway 3: (Fall only)

  • EDU 4030: Literacy Assess/Intervention (3)
  • EDU 4040: Practicum in Literacy Assess/Intervention (4)

School Administration Add-on Licensure Program

Admissions

Admission Requirements for School Administration Add-on Licensure Programs include:

  • Hold a master's degree in an education related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have three (3) years of successful teaching experience, OR three (3) years of other professional education experience (e.g., counselor, media specialist, etc.), OR hold an appointment as an assistant principal.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess professional performance and comment on potential leadership abilities. One letter of recommendation should be from the current supervisor/principal.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate coursework.
  • Provide evidence of agreement from principal for internship placement (Assurance Form)
  • Assessment team review and recommendation to the Dean of the School of Education for unconditional admission to the program.

For additional or application information for any licensure program please contact us at soelicensure@nccu.edu or (919) 530-7790

 
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