Is on campus Secondary Math or Science Education right for me?

Some people were born to be teachers. They may have just taken a few detours along the way. App State has a new program to reach and teach those with a relevant bachelor's degree across the state and many other parts of the country, who want to become teachers. This program is designed to help completers secure a teaching position in a high needs area. This program offers a meaningful path to recommendation for a clear teaching license provided by a well-respected, high-quality teacher preparation program.

It is designed for those who have degrees and/or are working in a Math or Science field and wish to become a teacher or for those who have secured jobs as a lateral entry teachers looking for a cohesive, high quality, student-centered program to attain full licensure, as an alternative to piecing together coursework through a RALC plan of study. Appalachian State is committed to maintaining a high quality, student-centered teacher preparation program that is offered asynchronously online. Courses are taught by experienced, caring, and connected professors at Appalachian.

Why Secondary Math or Science Education at Appalachian?

After successfully completing the course work and field experience (which take a series of 4 semesters) participants earn a Graduate Certificate in their teaching field and are recommended for a North Carolina License. If certificate program completers choose, they may then apply for the Master's Program at Appalachian State where up to 18 hours of their certificate coursework may be counted towards a Master Degree.

Appalachian's Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching is a 19- or 24-credit-hour accelerated teacher licensure program. It leads to recommendation for an N.C. initial teaching license and includes three semesters of coursework and a related field-based practicum. Candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution will expand upon their knowledge in a related undergraduate/content major while integrating teaching theory, practice and preparation for today's culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.

The program is offered on campus to capitalize on the opportunity to act as part of a learning community. Some courses will be offered online, but still embrace students engaged in meaningful learning together. Appalachian State's graduate certificate program engages participants in meaningful and real-world activities and collaboration with professors and peers to help them become fully prepared to teach. The course program is engaging and challenging, as the courses are at a graduate level. The graduate certificate program has three concentrations, all of which are considered high-need areas for teachers in North Carolina. You may choose Secondary Math and Science On campus (9th-12th grade).

Why Appalachian?

  • Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Graduates are highly sought after and easily employable.
  • The program offers engaging, community-based courses with personal connections.
  • Hours from the graduate certificate program coursework may be counted towards a master's degree.

For more information on Middle Grades licensure in North Carolina: NC DPI Licensure Website