The primary goal of the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary, and Specialized Subjects is to offer quality programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and post-baccalaureate licensure in Middle Grades, Secondary, Health and Physical Education and Special Education, and a Minor in Health. In support of the mission of the university and the School of Education, the department is committed to preparing students as facilitators of learning with 21st century knowledge and skills to teach in middle grades education, secondary education, health and physical education, and special education.
Candidates for the initial teaching license (Bachelor of Science [B.S.] degree, non-degree Licensure Only programs, and Master of Arts in Teaching [M.A.T.] degree) will complete a series of evidence requirements to demonstrate their competence in North Carolina Professional Teaching, Graduate (if applicable) and National or Professional Standards and Indicators. These evidences must be completed during course work and field experiences (if required), and candidates must achieve a minimum rating of Proficient (score of 3.0) on each indicator on the scoring rubrics for course credit and recommendation for licensure. These evidences include: Unit Plan, Case Study, Content Project and Leadership and Collaboration Project. In addition, candidates who are required to student teach must also achieve a rating of Met on all parts of the final Certification of Teaching Capacity form.
Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Licensure Only Programs
Students interested in post-baccalaureate licensure only programs (including lateral entry licensure) in Middle Grades (6-9), Secondary (9-12), Health/ Physical Education, and Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) should consult the Graduate Catalog and a program advisor.