The ECIFS specialty area of the MEdX program offers several options for licensure of experienced early childhood professionals
For currently licensed teachers
Teachers who successfully complete the MEdX program’s ECIFS specialty area requirements earn both an M.Ed. degree and qualify for North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten Advanced/M-level licensure.
In addition, if students hold current licensure in another area (e.g., Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Consumer Science), they may receive a Birth-Kindergarten Add-On Licensure upon program completion. This may be done in conjunction with an M.Ed. degree or as add-on licensure only.
For teachers without a license
Through the ECIFS program, individuals without a teaching license who hold a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or a closely related field and two to three years of successful lead teaching experience in an early childhood setting may enroll and earn an M.Ed. degree. Students pursuing this option who have not enrolled in a comparable graduate level child development and exceptional children course within the past five years will be required to complete additional coursework.