Licensure Options

A Master of Arts in Teaching degree will prepare you for a teaching license in one of the following areas.

You will choose an Elementary Education, Secondary Education, K-12 Special Education (General Curriculum), or K-12 English as a Second Language track depending on which license you want to pursue.

Check the Curriculum & Courses page for detailed information about course requirements for each track.

Elementary (Kindergarten – Grade 6) Licenses

  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten – Grade 6)

Middle Grades (Grades 6-9) Licenses

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics

Secondary (Grades 9-12) Licenses

  • Comprehensive Science
  • Comprehensive Social Studies
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics

K-12 Special Education (General Curriculum) License

  • Special Education (Grade K-12)

K-12 English as a Second Language License

  • English as a Second Language (Grade K-12)

Add-on License Options

In addition to the options listed above, you can choose to complete an additional teaching license in K-12 Special Education (General Curriculum) or K-12 English as a Second Language. See the Specializations section of the Curriculum & Courses page for information about that option.

Testing and Assessment

In addition to completing your coursework, you will need to achieve passing scores on licensure tests and the edTPA portfolio.

About Licensure Tests

Each licensure area has different testing requirements to complete and apply for licensure. Please note that these tests are taken in addition to the tests which you take for admission into the program (in lieu of the GRE).

If you are also completing an optional add-on, you must take the following tests in addition to the tests above for your primary program of study:

See Licensure information for detailed instructions on how to apply for a North Carolina Teaching License.

About the edTPA portfolio

From the edTPA website:

edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.

During your student teaching experience, you will gather a portfolio of materials that serve as evidence of your preparation to become a teacher. This includes an unedited video recording of you at work in a real classroom. You will work with your university-based supervisor and program faculty determine the specific requirements needed in your portfolio, which will be based on the type of license you are pursuing.

Read more about the edTPA requirements for North Carolina.