Steps to Teacher Licensure

The UNC Asheville Teacher Education Program, approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), requires completion of a disciplinary major and offers professional education courses necessary to qualify for North Carolina Standard Professional I Teaching Licensure in areas described after the following general information.

Enroll at UNC Asheville

The first step to completing your teaching license is to become a UNC Asheville student. Contact our Office of Admissions, and be sure to let them know if you're a transfer student, or if you already have a degree (post-baccalaureate).

Lateral Entry teachers should not contact the Office of Admissions. If you wish to register for an online course for lateral entry teachers, please follow the directions here.

Teacher Education Informal Admission

Once you begin as an enrolled undergraduate at UNC Asheville, you can be informally admitted to the Department of Education. Additionally, once you have completed at least 30 semester hours of course work you are eligible to take EDUC 210 and EDUC 211, the introductory courses for all licensure areas. A satisfactory background check is required. Your EDUC 210 instructor will provide information regarding informal admission. Upon informal admission, you will be assigned an advisor in the Department of Education.

Teacher Education Formal Admission

All licensure candidates must be formally admitted to the Department of Education. To be formally admitted, you will meet with your advisor to complete a contract that outlines which requirements you have already met and which ones you still need to meet before you can be recommended for a teaching license. Your contract for formal admission is forwarded to the Candidate Assessment Committee, and the committee reviews your grades, dispositions reports, and field experience evaluations in order to make the final decision regarding your formal admission.

For formal admission, candidates must have:

  • earned at least 30 semester hours (2nd semester sophomore standing);
  • earned a 2.7 cumulative grade-point average on all UNC Asheville course work;
  • earned a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average on all major course work;
  • achieved a grade of C or higher in EDUC 210 and a grade of Satisfactory in EDUC 211;
  • received acceptable scores as established by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on the SAT or ACT, or the PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills for Educators.
  • a satisfactory evaluation on the abilities/characteristics listed on the Dispositions Checklist administered in EDUC 210 and other relevant courses;
  • continued self-reporting any new criminal charges and/or convictions occurring between the background check in EDUC 210 and completion of the licensure program
  • have a satisfactory evaluation of performance in all field experiences.

Continuing Requirements

Once formally admitted to the teacher education program, candidates for licensure must demonstrate at least satisfactory achievement in the areas of content knowledge, pedagogy, and professionalism. Candidates must have:

  • a grade of C or better in all education courses;
  • a satisfactory evaluation of performance in all field experiences; 
  • a satisfactory evaluation on the abilities/characteristics listed on the Dispositions Checklist in relevant courses; and
  • continued self-reporting any new criminal charges and/or convictions occurring between the background check in EDUC 210 and completion of the licensure program;

Student Teaching

To be admitted to student teaching, candidates must have fulfilled all continuing requirements. In addition, candidates must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for all courses taken at UNC Asheville;
  • completed the requirements for a major in an approved discipline with a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • a satisfactory evaluation on the abilities/characteristics listed on the Dispositions Checklist in relevant courses; and
  • a satisfactory evaluation on the unit plan and the field experience in the capstone methods course.

UNC Asheville students seeking licensure should consult the Department of Education Policies and Procedures Manual for more specific information related to obtaining North Carolina Standard Professional I Teaching Licensure through UNC Asheville and should meet with an education advisor to develop an individual licensure plan.

Recommendation for North Carolina Standard Professional I Teaching Licensure

To receive this recommendation, candidates for licensure must have completed all requirements for admission to student teaching. In addition, candidates must:

  • complete the student teaching experience as indicated through the Exit Criteria form with at least an “At Standard” rating on the criteria for content knowledge, pedagogy, and professionalism and on overall performance,
  • sucessful completion of all evidences in required courses; and
  • attain passing scores on PRAXIS II: Specialty Area Tests if seeking K–6 licensure. Middle school (6–9) licensure students must also complete these tests if they do not have 24 semester hours in the content areas.

First Areas of Licensure

The Education Department is accredited to recommend candidates for licensure in:

  • Elementary Education (K–6);
  • Middle School (6–9): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies;
  • Secondary Education (9–12): Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, English, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies; and
  • Kindergarten–12 (K–12): Art, Foreign Language (French, German and Spanish), Health and Physical Education, Special Education: Genearl Curriculum, Theatre Arts

Areas of Major

Students receiving K-12 or 9-12 licensure must complete a specific disciplinary major, which is the core for their licensure area. Middle school licensure candidates (6–9) may major in psychology or a specific disciplinary major appropriate to language arts, mathematics, science or social studies. Those desiring to teach at the K–6 level or Special Education:Genearl Curriculum may major in any department.

Licensure for Post-Baccalaureate Candidates

Post-baccalaureate candidates must meet the same or equivalent course requirements as other UNC Asheville candidates seeking licensure in the same area.

Please see the page called Post-Baccalaureate Students for more information.

 

Required Document Completion

All students must complete:

  • a Request for Advisor in the Education Department;
  • a Request for Formal Admission to the licensure program with the appropriate advisor, and a formal contract for licensure after successful completion of  EDUC 210 and EDUC 211, and satisfactory performance on SAT, ACT, or PRAXIS I:PPST;
  • a placement request for the Professional Year;
  • an Application to Student Teach, submitted to the Coordinator of Field Placements no later than the third week of the semester prior to student teaching; and
  • the final evaluation Exit Criteria form upon completion of student teaching. In addition, the student must insure that all appropriate request-for-licensure forms are submitted to the department chair upon completion of student teaching. (See advisor for details).

Mandated Qualifying Examinations

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction mandates that all undergraduate students have acceptable scores on the SAT, ACT, or Praxis I Core Academics Skills for Educators Test before being granted formal admission to the teacher licensure program. Passing scores on Praxis II: Specialty Area Tests are required for students seeking K-6 licensure. Students needing Praxis I are expected to take it during the semester they are enrolled in EDUC 210 and EDUC 211. Learn more about Praxis requirements here.