Jul 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education

Audrey W. Beard,Ed.D, Dean
Telephone: (919) 530-6466
Fax: (919) 530-6240
Main Office:  2062 H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
E-mail:  awbeard@nccu.edu


The mission of the School of Education is to prepare education professionals to serve and inspire excellence in teaching, administration, counseling, communication, technology, and other related services. Central to our mission is the development of leaders who promote social justice and dedicate themselves to the well-being of a global community.

Degree Programs in the School of Education

The School of Education offers degrees in the following undergraduate and graduate majors:

Elementary Education (K-6) B.A.
Middle Grades Education (6-9) B.A.
Educational Technology M.A.
School Administration M.S.A.
Special Education (K-12) M.Ed., M.A.T.

  • Adapted Curriculum
  • Behavioral Emotional Disabilities
  • General Education
  • Visual Impairment/ Orientation & Mobility
  • Learning Disabilities

Communication Disorders M.S., Speech Language Pathology
Counselor Education M.A.

  • School Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Career Counseling

Licensure Programs at NCCU

The school of Education (SOE) in conjunction with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).and the School of Library Information Sciences (SLIS) offers initial and advanced licensure pathways. Specific programmatic information can be found on the respective websites, as indicated below.


Candidates pursuing an undergraduate degree in education must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) before taking any restricted courses. Candidates should consult with the coordinator for programmatic requirements.

Birth to Kindergarten (B-K) (CBSS)

Candidates can earn an initial license in Birth to Kindergarten. 

Elementary Education (K-6) (SOE)

Candidates pursuing an initial license are required to complete a concentration of 18-24 hours in one of the following areas:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Literature
  • English Writing
  • History
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics (general)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Social Science

Middle Grades (6-9) (SOE)

Candidates are required to complete a concentration of 24 hours each in two of the following areas:

  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Secondary (9-12)

Candidates can receive an initial license in the following content areas:

  • English (CAS)
  • Mathematics (CAS)
  • Comprehensive Science (with degrees in Biology Chemistry, Geography, or Physics) (CAS)
  • Comprehensive Social Studies (with a degree in History) (CAS)
Special Subject Areas (K-12)

Candidates can receive an initial license in the following content areas:

  • Dance (CAS)
  • Spanish (CAS)
  • Music (CAS)
  • Physical Education (CBSS)
  • Theater Arts (CAS)
Add-on Licensure (K-12)

Candidates with an initial license can add-on licensure in the following areas:

  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted (SOE)
  • English-as-a Second Language (CAS)
  • Literacy (SOE)


Special Education (K-12) (CBSS)

Candidates with an initial license can pursue advanced licensure in the following areas:

  • Physical Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

Special Education (K-12) (SOE)

  • Adapted Curriculum
  • Behavioral Emotional Disabilities
  • General Education
  • Visual Impairment/Orientation & Mobility
  • Learning Disabilities

School Service Personnel

  • School Administration, Principal (SOE)
  • Media Coordinator (SLIS)
  • School Counselor (SOE)
  • Educational Technology (SOE)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SOE)
  • Communication Disorders (SOE)

University Policies for Undergraduates

The undergraduate teacher education programs adhere to the University’s policies in the following areas: Registration, Grading System, Academic Dismissal, Repeating Courses, Changing Grades, Changing Majors, Transfer Credit, Course Withdrawal, Institutional, Withdrawal, Maximum and Minimum Course Loads, and Degrees with Distinction. See the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for additional information on undergraduate policies and procedures.  Additionally, candidates are required to maintain a 2.7 GPA throughout the program and earn a C or better in their professional studies, major, and concentration coursework (see Admissions).

Academic Advisement

Students who wish to pursue teacher education as a profession should seek advisement early in their academic careers. Incoming freshman and transfer students are initially advised in the University College until sufficient credits have been earned to progress to their respective Colleges or Schools.  Those who choose elementary or middle grades education as a major are transferred to advisors in the School of Education. Advisement for students interested in K-12 or secondary education (9-12) is provided by chairpersons and faculty of academic departments.Students being advised in an education program must be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program with the help of their academic advisor.  See Admissions (above). 


Admission to the Teacher Education Program

The undergraduate division of education follows the University’s policies for admission. Generally, during the first two years, the student completes the University’s General Education Curriculum (GEC). The student is eligible for formal admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education Program (TEP), a state requirement, if the applicant completes:

  1. All course work in the GEC.
  2. Course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7;
  3. Two English (ENG 1110 and 1210) and one speech (MSCM 1250) requirements in the General Education Curriculum with at least a minimum grade of “C” in each course;
  4. The Praxis I Core  at a level required by the N. C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) (for the SAT/ACT alternatives, please see the program coordinator)
  5. The TEP application (available through the electronic portfolio platform).

Graduation and Licensure

In addition to the University’s requirements for graduation, students seeking North Carolina licensure must do the following:

  1. Maintain a 2.7 GPA throughout the program and earn a C or better in their professional studies, major, and concentration coursework;

  2. Complete a professional education program at NCCU, including student teaching;
  3. Earn passing scores on the specialty area tests of the Pearson/Praxis II prior to student teaching, if required in program area;
  4. Pass edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment) during student teaching;
  5. Receive the recommendation for licensure from the program coordinator in the licensure area; and
  6. Complete the NCDPI online licensure portal application and pay the applicable fee.

To obtain licensure information, prospective teacher education majors should visit the School of Education website (www.nccu.edu/soe) before contacting the NCCU licensure officer. Specific specialty area and education requirements may be obtained from the academic department chairs or teacher education coordinators.

Specialty Area Tests (Pearson/Praxis II)

All candidates are expected to pass required specialty area exams, as determined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, prior to student teaching.  Candidates are expected to upload their exam scores in the electronic portfolio before they begin their level 2 student teaching internship (August 1st for fall and December 1st for spring).


All candidates seeking initial licensure are expected to complete the edTPA portfolio assessment during student teaching. Candidates will be expected to meet the minimum score, as established by NCDPI.

According to its website, “edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. The edTPA assessment includes versions of 27 subject-specific teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks:  planning, instruction, and assessment.” (www.edtpa.aacte.org)


Teacher Education Program

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Elementary Education K-6

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Middle Grades Education

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