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.
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 and qualify for North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten Initial/A-level licensure. 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.
Upon completion of the MEdX program, graduates are eligible to apply for an upgrade to master’s level licensure (M) in the area for which they hold a bachelor’s level license (A) and in some cases add B-K licensure to their existing A-level licenses.
Add-on option for currently licensed teachers
The School of Education also offers two add-on licensure tracks focused on young children — Birth through Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. Prerequisites for admission into the add-on licensure programs include a current N.C teaching license in another area and experience with young children.