Teacher Education: The Teachers Academy
Tony Johnson, Director, Teachers Academy
Teacher licensure in North Carolina and qualification for licensure in most of the other states may be earned at five UNCG professional schools and various departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may select licensure programs in a variety of subject areas.
The School of Education offers programs in Elementary and Middle Grades Education, and jointly directs, with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, programs for teacher licensure in liberal arts fields at the secondary level.
The School of Business and Economics, the School of Health and Human Performance, the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and the School of Music offer teacher education curricula in their respective fields. The Departments of Art, Social Work, and Communication and Theatre offer teacher education curricula in their respective subject areas.
Graduates of approved teacher education curricula are eligible for initial licensure on the basis of UNCG's recommendation to the State Department of Public Instruction. As requirements may vary among departments, students should check with their major advisor for specific information regarding their program.
Admission to Teacher Education
All students who wish to be recommended for licensure in any of the subject areas must be admitted to a specific Teacher Education Program. Application for admission should be made in The Teachers Academy (located in 319 Curry Building, 334-3414) after completing at least 51 semester hours (junior status) of work and prior to completing 50% of the professional coursework, excluding student teaching. Application is usually made at the end of the sophomore year.
The following requirements must be met:
For additional requirements specific to a program, students should check with their major school or department. Students should contact the Teachers Academy (located in Curry Building, 334-3414) for:
Admission To Student Teaching
During the junior year, students already admitted to the Teacher Education Program must apply for admission to Student Teaching.
Student Teaching admission includes:
Application forms are available from the Teachers Academy beginning first day of classes, Spring semester. Forms must be submitted by February 15 of the year before the student teaching is to be done.
Student teaching assignments are usually made in schools within commuting distance of UNCG, although at times student teaching programs are planned with other school systems at substantial distances from UNCG. Teacher education students are not subject to special fees but are individually responsible for expenses incurred during student teaching including transportation.
Student teaching in some subject areas is offered only in either the Fall or the Spring semester. Any student who plans to student teach should check with the Teachers Academy to be certain of the semester when student teaching will be offered in a particular subject area.
General and Professional Education Requirements
Requirements for teacher licensure are specified in the respective program descriptions (see Chapter 5). In addition to the courses specified for the particular degree or major, the following requirements must be met:
For Elementary and Middle Grades Licensure
For Special Subject-Area Licensure
R>For Vocational Education and Secondary Subject-Area Licensure (Grades 9-12)
Second Major Requirement
All students majoring in Elementary, Middle Grades, Business, Marketing, Health, Physical Education and Deaf Education are required to complete another approved major or a concentration consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours in a basic academic discipline. Depending on the academic discipline selected, a maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the all-university liberal arts requirement and the second major or concentration. This requirement became effective for all students who entered the University in fall 1989 as freshmen. This requirement also applies to students seeking a second degree in one of the affected majors. Students should check with the major school/department for this requirement or additional requirements specific to individual programs.
Teacher Licensure in Social Studies
Students majoring in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology can seek teacher licensure in comprehensive social studies with an endorsement in their major. Students seeking social studies licensure must take a total of 36-42 hours in the social sciences beyond their major requirements from the departments of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Courses must be selected from the following approved list. This list is also available from the Office of Student Information and Advising (Curry 323), the student's major advisor, or the social studies advisor in the School of Education. Substitution of any requirements needed for licensure may be made by the social studies advisor in the School of Education.
Courses Satisfying Competencies for Initial A Licensure in Secondary Social Studies
Anthropology: select one from: ATY 212, 258; select one from: ATY 325, 330, 333, 335, 337
Application for Teacher Licensure
An application for licensure should be filed with the Teachers Academy during the last semester of the senior year. Students should be aware that the licensure process will take up to six weeks after graduation to be completed. There is no fee for the initial North Carolina licensure.
UNCG recommends for a teacher's licensure those students who have completed the appropriate teacher education curriculum, attained acceptable teaching competencies, and whose work has been approved by the appropriate department.
To be licensed in North Carolina, students must meet the specific state requirements for licensure, including an adequate score on relevant PRAXIS series exams.
TEACHER EDUCATION CURRICULA
Programs in teacher education are offered at UNCG in the four broad areas listed below. Their description is found under the school and/or department listed on the right.
Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Licensure
Special Subject-Area Licensure
Vocational Education Licensure
Secondary Subject-Area Licensure (Grades 9-12)
Requirements for teacher licensure are specified in the program descriptions under each respective department (see Chapter 5).