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Program Details

The online Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching program is designed to help graduates acquire their initial A-level teaching license and expand upon their undergraduate major with teaching theory, practice, and preparation for today's culturally-diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.
The program offers two tracks:

  • Middle Grades: Teach English/Language Arts, Science, Math or Social Studies at the middle school level.
  • Career & Technical: Teach Business, Marketing, Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences or Trade & Industry at the middle and high school level.


This program requires 19-24 credit hours for completion. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline related to their chosen teaching area and have an overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work. 

  • Completed online application to graduate school 
  • Application fee 
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian) 
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.