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Teacher licensure with a real difference!


One Education, Twice the Impact

Teacher Education at UNC Asheville

Major + Teaching License = Career

Through the UNC Asheville teacher licensure program you will have the opportunity to pursue the subject you love while attaining a license to teach it!  In four years you can graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in a specific subject and a teaching license, making you marketable in two areas. 

Depth of knowledge

The powerful combination of a comprehensive liberal arts program, a major field of study and teacher licensure gives you the tools to be a stronger, more effective teacher.   You don’t have to choose between becoming a teacher or studying a subject you love; at UNC Asheville, you can do both.

Professional Practice

Every semester in our program brings an opportunity to observe and assist in a local classroom.  Opportunities like tutoring AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students, participating in our many internship offered, or participating in the experience our Teaching Methods courses provide bring you face to face with the career you love.

International Experience

Whether you choose to study abroad for a semester, take part in an alternative fall or spring break trip, or communicate with students from around the world via Skype, the Department of Education is committed to preparing you to teach in a diversified classroom. 

Scholarly Research

You can participate in the acclaimed Undergraduate Research Program, designing and producing your own project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


Beyond the Bulldog community that you will share with the larger student body, the Department of Education gives you the opportunity to participate in the larger professional educator community through SNCAE (Student North Carolina Association or Educators).  Building relationships with professional peers, gaining classroom insights, and enjoying the camaraderie of other North Carolina students is encouraged and supported by your well-seasoned faculty.

Content :: Pedagogy :: Professionalism

The goal of the University of North Carolina Asheville teacher education program is to educate effective teachers through the liberal arts with a focus on content, pedagogy, and professionalism.

UNC Asheville students graduate from the Teacher Education Program not just as teachers, but also as experts in an academic field of study. Candidates major in the subject of their choice and take the courses necessary to earn a North Carolina teaching license at the same time, thereby gaining strong content knowledge.  

Whether gleaning knowledge directly from our stellar faculty or participating in experiential learning in a local K-12 classroom, candidates gain expertise in how to teach.  Numerous teaching and learning activities engage candidates in the gaining the necessary pedagogy skills necessary to be effective teachers.

Unlike many other professions, educators have to learn how to interact effectively with a variety of people including students, parents, and administrators, while at the same time answering to the larger society about pressing issues regarding public education.  UNC Asheville’s Teacher Education program teaches appropriate and effective professionalism skills, which provide our candidates with the necessary tools to have a healthy and vibrant teaching career.

This three-prong approach is in line with the university’s larger liberal arts philosophy and is unique within the UNC system, which offers our candidates many advantages.


 REQUIRED Fall 2014 Post-Baccalaureate Orientation, Advisement and Registration

Post-baccalaureate teacher licensure candidates who have been officially accepted by the Office of Admissions to UNC Asheville for Fall 2014 admittance are REQUIRED to attend the following Orientation, Advisement and Registration session.  Post-bacs are not required to attend the university's Embark Orientation; however, Embark is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the campus and its resources.  The Department of Education highly recommends attending Embark to learn more about various student services on campus.  If you have been admitted into the post-bac licensure program at UNC Asheville you will need to do the following:

  • Make sure that you have paid all required deposits by the university, as well as completed your immunization requirements.  The university will place a hold on your registration if you have not completed these steps.

  • Obtain informal copies of all transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher education.  Transcripts do not need to be official sealed copies.  While the Office of Admissions does sometimes forward us copies of your transcripts, this is not always the case and it is difficult for advisors to properly construct a course of study without transcripts during this session.  Please bring these copies with you to orientation.

  • If you have taken coursework in Education at a previously attended university and would like to have it considered for credit, you must also bring with you a catalog course description and/or syllabus to be evaluated.  There is no guarantee that credit will be given, as courses must line up with the UNC Asheville curriculum, have the same number of credit hours and field placement components and have been taken recently.  However, you should bring any relevant information with you to orientation to have it reviewed.
  • RSVP to Andrea Martinez, Director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention by emailing her the following information:

1.  Your name
2.  Your intended area and grade(s) of licensure  (i.e.  Social Studies, middle grades.)
3.  Your intent to attend the session.
4.  Send this information to:

  • Attend the session on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
    101 Zageir Hall from 9:00 am to Noon.

During the session you will receive a packet of information, a brief orientation to the licensure program from our department chair Dr. Kim Brown, meet with your individual advisor to plan your course of study and then officially register for your fall classes in the computer lab with staff and faculty present to help you with the process.  Post-bacs cannot register any earlier than this date!

Please be advised that a minimum GPA of 2.5 in your undergraduate degree is required and most post-baccalaureate program areas will require four semesters of residency.  Post-baccalaureate candidates will be required to pass the Praxis II® Subject exam for their licensure area prior to formal admission to the licensure program (with the exception of K-6 Elementary Education candidates.)

While on campus, you can also obtain your OneCard at the OneCard office in 120 Highsmith University Union.  Once you have your OneCard, you can register for a parking pass which can be picked up at Vance Hall.  See their website for more information:
The online campus map might also be useful:

Please be advised many faculty, staff and campus offices are closed through the summer, generally returning on August 11th.  It is highly unlikely that you will be able to meet with a faculty advisor prior to the above session and email/voicemail messages may not be returned until August.  Don't worry!!!  Everything will be taken care of when you arrive for orientation.  There is nothing to do other than the above steps.  Enjoy your summer and we'll see you August 14th!


U.S. Department of Education launches new online resource for Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an online resource to assist students in the process of selecting and financing their higher education.  It consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database, making it easy for individuals to quickly access the information needed to support students' educational goals.

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UNC Asheville’s Mark Sidelnick Named Art Educator of the Year

Mark Sidelnick, associate professor of Education and coordinator of Arts Education Licensure at UNC Asheville, has been named Art Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA).

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