The School of Education offers an add on licensure track focused on young children: Birth through Kindergarten.
The Birth-Kindergarten add-on licensure program is committed to preparing early childhood professionals with skills to teach infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners with and without disabilities and coordinate community-based, inclusive services for young children and their families.
Program strengths include a strong family-centered, inclusive, and interdisciplinary conceptual base. All coursework and field experiences incorporate the above dimensions.
Your curriculum and courses
Your course of study is determined with an advisor based on experience, both academic and professional. Upon admission into the program, you will meet with a program advisor to determine your individual course of study.
Courses are offered in a combination of online and face to face instruction after school hours, usually from about 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and during the summer. The program can be completed in 1-2 academic years depending on your course needs based on a review of your transcripts. All courses are taught with a strong applied base with experienced early childhood professionals and parents assisting UNC-CH faculty with course instruction.
Who qualifies for entry into the program?
Prerequisites for admission into the Add-on Licensure programs include a current N.C teaching license in another area and experience with young children.
You may be admitted to the B-K add-on licensure if you hold a bachelor’s degree and licensure (either A or M level) in a related teaching area. Examples include Preschool Handicapped, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education. Individuals who do not hold a teaching licensure in a related area must first earn and clear an initial license in a related field to then add on the B-K license.