Graduate Certificates


The Graduate Certificate in Elementary (K-6) Education is 27- hour program designed for students who who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are seeking their initial teaching license. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for a level “A” professional educator’s license for North Carolina.

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, qualified students have the option of completing 12 additional hours to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Admission to the Graduate Certificate is separate and distinct from admission to a graduate degree program and not an indication of automatic admission to the M.A.T. degree program.  For more information on this option, refer to the M.A.T. in Elementary Education.

All courses for the Graduate Certificate must be completed within four years. Elementary Education admits students for Summer I and Fall only.


 For more information contact


Karen Cross

Program Director

Bethany Myers

Education Recruitment office


Joshua Avery

Advisor, TEAL Office 



Program Requirements for both programs are available here:

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Elementary School Mathematics Graduate Certificate 

The Elementary School Mathematics Add-on License is an 18-hour (6 courses) Program of Study that leads to the North Carolina Elementary School Mathematics Add-on License.  Five courses can be used towards a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

The Elementary School Mathematics Graduate Certificate Program is an 18-hour program that meets all of the requirements for the North Carolina Elementary School Mathematics Add-On License. The 18 hours can either be taken as a Graduate Certificate, or can be part of a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.
The program has been developed in order to:

  • Deepen teachers’ and teacher-leaders’ knowledge of mathematics content related to the topics in the elementary mathematics Common Core Standards
  • Develop teachers’ and teacher-leaders’ knowledge of standards-based pedagogies to more effectively teach elementary mathematics learners
  • Equip teachers and teacher-leaders with leadership skills to be effective leaders of elementary mathematics instruction


For more information contact: 

Drew Polly

Program director