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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.


4th Annual Eminent Scholar in Education Lecture featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera 

On April 21, 2015, the Department of Education will present its 4th Annual Eminent Scholar in Education Lecture featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera. Dr. Pedro Noguera is a member of the National Academy of Education and Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.  Events of the day include a book talk, public lecture, book signing, and reception. The recommended book for his visit is Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African American and Latino Males. This event is organized by the Department of Education's Andrea Martinez (Office of Teacher Recruitment), Tiece Ruffin (Diversity Outreach Coordinator), and Trey Adcock (Director of American Indian Outreach). It is sponsored by the Departments of Education and Sociology/Anthropology, Africana Studies Program, Center for Diversity Education, Office of Teacher Recruitment, Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs, Belk Distinguished Professor (Dr. Mark Gibney), Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Dr. Bill Haggard), Associate Provost & Dean of University Programs (Dr. Ed Katz), and Dean of Social Sciences (Dr. Jeff Konz). Note: Past scholars featured in the Eminent Scholar in Education Lecture include Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings (2012), Dr. James Loewen (2013), and Dr. Lisa Delpit (2014).
CEUs are available to K-12 educators who attend all events.  The event will be held in the Sherrill Center:

  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Book talk on Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African American and Latino Males

  • 4:30 - 7:30 pm Keynote Address including Q&A, Reception and Book signing.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tiece Ruffin at


Ed. Notes, the UNC Asheville Department of Education annual newsletter, is now available online!  Click here!

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.

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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