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UNC Asheville Education Department / Teacher Licensure Program

The UNC Asheville Teacher Licensure Program at UNC Asheville offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue a subject they love while becoming licensed teachers. In just four years, students can earn both a bachelor’s degree in their chosen subject and a teaching license. Even if you already have a bachelor’s degree (or higher), the department offers post-baccalaureate options.

The UNC Asheville Department of Education is highly regarded and fully accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a national teacher licensure program accrediting agency. As of 2023, the department has licensed 825 teachers currently working in 419 schools and 79 school systems across North Carolina.

When it comes to state-required licensure exams, UNC Asheville teacher licensure candidates have shown impressive results. Over the past seven years, they achieved an 87% pass rate on their first attempt and an impressive 94% pass rate on their best attempt. This success places UNC Asheville as the sixth-highest performing teacher licensure program in North Carolina.

UNC Asheville’s early career teachers consistently receive outstanding ratings, with 92% of them achieving Proficient or above in their evaluations, showcasing the program’s dedication to nurturing exceptional and impactful educators. This commitment to excellence is further recognized by notable achievements, such as the Asheville City Schools Teacher of the Year being a UNC Asheville graduate for three consecutive years (2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years), and the Beginning Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022 also being a program graduate.

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