Middle and Secondary Teaching (Certificate)

Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education


Beth Campbell, Chair and Professor

Jerianne Taylor, Program Director and Professor

 The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the graduate certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching (446A/13.1206)[T] in cooperation with the Department of Technology and Environmental Design.

The following cognates are available:

  • Middle Grades Education
  • Career and Technical Education

The program provides an initial teaching license for candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Successful completers must meet all North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements. This program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its completers to both an initial teaching license and a graduate certificate in as little as a year of part-time coursework. The certificate program will expand on candidates' knowledge in the specific discipline area (undergraduate preparation) and further integrate teaching theory and practice as well as prepare them for today's culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.

The primary purpose of this program is to provide initial license and professional preparation for teaching areas that have high demand in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. Individuals will be able to add a licensure area by taking the necessary 18 graduate-level hours to obtain the graduate certificate and be recommended by Appalachian State University for the A-level teaching license. Individuals seeking an initial A-level license will be required to complete the 18 graduate-level hours plus an additional three-hour internship/practicum in a North Carolina public school or approved alternate method for internship/practicum completion (e.g., securing a lateral entry teaching position).

This Graduate Certificate has been initially developed with middle grades and career and technical education cognates. The Graduate Certificate program is designed for individuals with related undergraduate degrees and preparation (e.g., business, pre-engineering, science, mathematics, history) who are either unemployed, underemployed, or seeking teaching credentials to allow for job transitions. In addition, current teachers who are interested in adding licensure in high-need areas or for other developmental age groups will benefit from this program.


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to the chosen teaching area from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic competence or ability to complete graduate work; a writing sample.

Location: On Campus and Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education (Code: 446A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
Required Courses
  • CI 5550: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents (3)
  • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
  • Choose one of the following diversity courses:
    • CI 5045: Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)
    • CI 5750: Teaching Diverse Young Adolescents (3)

PRAXIS II exams and other specific requirements may be necessary to meet North Carolina A-Level Teaching License requirements. All candidates must meet individually with their program coordinator to determine other requirements, including a full-time or supervised student teaching experience.

Cognate Courses (CHOOSE ONE)

Middle Grades Education

  • CI 5650: Middle Level Instruction and Assessment (3)
  • CI 5850: Middle Level Curriculum (3)
  • Graduate level elective in the intended teaching discipline as approved by the middle grades advisor

Career and Technical Education

  • CTE 5660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Career and Technical Education (3)
  • CTE 5619: Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education (3)
  • CTE 5650: Research in Career and Technical Education (3)

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