Licensure & Non-Licensure

Major Requirements for Licensure Programs

Education studies requires a second disciplinary major for some Secondary and Comprehensive Licensure Programs to include English, Secondary Social Studies, K-12 French, and K-12 Spanish. Elementary Education and Comprehensive Science majors do not require a second major. However, secondary science has a prescribed track of courses that must be followed. All education studies licensure majors will participate in a variety of intentionally sequenced and focused field experiences and clinical internships In addition, we encourage all of our students to study abroad to fulfill the requirements of EDUC 302 Field Study in Cross-Cultural Education.

Students are encouraged to begin a licensure program by the time they have 16-20 (credit hours may vary in the EDGE) credits, approximately the second semester of their first year. With careful planning and advising, students can meet the requirements for graduation and the state’s requirements for a Beginning Teacher License (BTL) in four years. Note: It is imperative that students interested in achieving a teaching license in their Education Studies major meet with an Education Studies adviser early in their academic career to ensure they may graduate in four years.

Students must apply to their chosen licensure program the semester prior to enrollment in  EDUC 312Seminar in the Processes of Secondary and K-12 TeachingEDUC 313 Seminar in the Processes of Secondary and K-12 Teaching: Theory into Practice (secondary and comprehensive programs) orEDUC 307 Literacies Across the CurriculumEDUC 308 Internship in Leadership, Collaboration and Community, EDUC 309 (elementary education program).

In order to be accepted into any of the teacher licensure programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • have three recommendations mailed directly to the Education Studies Licensure Officer: one from an Education Studies professor, one from a professor in their second major or from a professor in another department than Education Studies. The third reference needs to be from someone – not a friend or family member – who can, ideally, speak to the student’s potential as a teacher/learner/leader.

  • pass PRAXIS I. A passing PRAXIS I score is part of the admissions process and must occupy the admissions folder. Admissions will not be considered without a passing PRAXIS I score or one of the following, which exempts a student from passing PRAXIS I: SAT scores above 1100 or ACT score above 24; licensure only and residential candidates are exempt from PRAXIS I if their cumulative G.P.A. from their first bachelor’s degree is 2.7 or above

  • achieve a grade of C or above in each of at least six 4-credit courses in their Education Studies major/track

  • for Secondary English and Social Studies and Comprehensive French and Spanish licenses, earn a C or above in at least 24 hours within their second major.

Other standardized, State mandated tests are part of the licensure requirements. These requirements change frequently. It is vital that students who are interested in achieving BTL status keep up with the requirements which are current during the time of their matriculation. These tests can be costly and time – consuming. Guilford College Education Studies must comply with the State’s legislation when it comes to Teacher Licensure.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR LICENSURE AND NON-LICENSURE SEEKING STUDENTS IN EDUCATION STUDIES

Education Studies Foundations (EDUC 201 – EDUC 302) courses move through a spiral curriculum and are employed to deepen students’ understandings of the critical concepts and principles of schooling, teaching and learning so that graduates of our programs will be capable of advancing the learning of all students. Every course includes content in the areas of diversity, exceptional students and technology. All Licensure Level courses build on this spiral curriculum and include all of the in the NC Pre-service Teacher Rubric.

Licensure Only 


(non degree-seeking student) If a student is employed as a teacher and is attempting to earn their BTL while working full time for a public school entity, Licensure Only programs serve as Residential Programs with the approval of the local Central Office.
Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year, regionally accredited college or university may complete teaching licenses in any one of the six licensure tracks. Licensure Only students typically complete the courses listed for an education student’s major; however, additional coursework may be required. For Licensure Only in secondary or K-12 comprehensive licensure areas, if the first degree is not in the content area for that license, candidates will have to successfully complete content area requirements. This additional content are l coursework may be extensive. Decisions about which content area courses are required are decided at the departmental level for each subject area, i.e. for English Licensure Only, the English department will make recommendations. These decisions are individualized based on each student’s s academic transcript and North Carolina State Licensure Requirements.

Licensure only secondary science students take specific mandated content courses in science, along with all other secondary education requirements. Upon completion of all requirements, successful candidates will be eligible for the Comprehensive Secondary Science Licensure.

Licensure Only and Residential Licensure students are exempt from PRAXIS I if their cumulative G.P.A. for their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university is 2.50 or greater.

Licensure Only and Residential Licensure candidates are subject to the same testing requirements as traditional Licensure Candidates. All Licensure Only and Residential candidates must pass edTPA in their program area discipline. Additional testing is required by the State. These requirements change frequently. Be sure to check with your adviser to see which requirements pertain to you.

 Licensure Only (non degree-seeking student) If a student is employed as a teacher and is attempting to earn their BTL while working full time for a public school entity, Licensure Only programs serve as Residential Programs with the approval of the local Central Office.

Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year, regionally accredited college or university may complete teaching licenses in any one of the six licensure tracks. Licensure Only students typically complete the courses listed for an education student’s major; however, additional coursework may be required. For Licensure Only in secondary or K-12 comprehensive licensure areas, if the first degree is not in the content area for that license, candidates will have to successfully complete content area requirements. This additional content are l coursework may be extensive. Decisions about which content area courses are required are decided at the departmental level for each subject area, i.e. for English Licensure Only, the English department will make recommendations. These decisions are individualized based on each student’s s academic transcript and North Carolina State Licensure Requirements.

Licensure only secondary science students take specific mandated content courses in science, along with all other secondary education requirements. Upon completion of all requirements, successful candidates will be eligible for the Comprehensive Secondary Science Licensure.

Licensure Only and Residential Licensure students are exempt from PRAXIS I if their cumulative G.P.A. for their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university is 2.50 or greater.

Licensure Only and Residential Licensure candidates are subject to the same testing requirements as traditional Licensure Candidates. All Licensure Only and Residential candidates must pass edTPA in their program area discipline. Additional testing is required by the State. These requirements change frequently. Be sure to check with your adviser to see which requirements pertain to you.

Residency Programs

Those people who have been hired by the state of NC to teach in a public school without a BTL from an approved, four year, education preparation program (EPP) must enroll in a Residency Program. Residence varies from Licensure Only in that the student is teaching full time in a public school while enrolled in courses in the Education Preparation Program. The public school where the individual is currently employed must recommend the student for the Residency Program. The candidate for residency ought to have completed all or most of the academic work in their content area prior to enrolling in the Residency Program. Residential candidates will remain in their jobs while completing licensure. Therefore, courses for residency candidates will be scheduled starting at 4:00. We cannot guarantee that disciplinary content area courses will be offered in evening hours.
All of the requirements for admissions to the Education Studies Licensure programs are the same for Licensure Only and Residency programs.

Add-on Licenses

ENDORSEMENTS: Currently, candidates who complete an approved teacher preparation program’s licensure requirements may have their BTL licenses endorsed to teach in additional content areas. This is a North Carolina Only endorsement. Requirements for endorsements are 1) having earned a BTL” teaching license from an approved EPP, and 2) completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours in a content area which is taught in the public schools with a grade in each course of at least a C (no C-s). The endorsement may be added to the BTL license at the time of application for the BTL license. Endorsements are for teaching at all grade levels, K-12, in the specific endorsement area.
For instance, if an individual was earning BTL Elementary License and had completed 24 credit hours in History with the grade of C or above in each of the courses, they qualify for a K-12 History Endorsement. This type of endorsement would allow them to teach history content courses in middle and high school in North Carolina. These endorsements are for North Carolina licenses only.

ADD-ON PRAXIS II: Candidates who earn a BTL from an accredited, four year Education Preparation Program, may take PRAXIS II tests in specific content areas and add on to their original license. This type of add-on license is portable to many states. Check the state’s website for the most up – to – date criteria for reciprocity with NC.

RECIPROCITY: In order to ascertain if a NC Beginning Teacher License l can be transferred to another state refer to the “reciprocity” criteria on the other state’s web page. Most states have reciprocity with NC and accept NC Licensure.


Non-Licensure Track

The Education Studies Non-Licensure Track is meant for students who have an interest in Education, but do not wish to pursue a teaching license. Students in the non-licensure track complete the Education Studies core courses (EDUC 201EDUC 202,EDUC 203, and EDUC 302) to gain a broad foundation in educational philosophy, educational psychology, contemporary and historical issues, and cross-cultural/culturally-responsive education. After completing the core courses with a C or above, non-licensure majors collaborate with Education Studies faculty to determine an Academic Plan of Study that results in an individualized contract to complete a non-licensure major in Education Studies.  All students conclude their plan of study with a research-based capstone project in their area of interest.

This program is unique in its student-driven, interdisciplinary/interdepartmental, collaborative processes. Graduates from the non-licensure track may pursue careers in public policy, non-profits, leadership, youth mentoring, educational or workplace training, community education, private education, adult education, international education, or in government/policy agencies. Graduates may also pursue graduate degrees in Special Education, Environmental Education, Social Work, Educational Policy, Curriculum Studies, Multicultural Education, Education Law, and more.

 
Required Courses: EDUCATION STUDIES CORE (20 hours):
EDUC 201Philosophical and Ethical Reflection in Education4
EDUC 202Educational Psychology in Classrooms4
EDUC 203Contemporary/Historical Issues in Education4
EDUC 302Field Study in Cross-Cultural Education4
EDUC 450Special Topics1-8
 
EXPECTED ADDITIONAL HOURS FOR INDIVIDUAL PLANS OF STUDY

16 Credits in Focused Sequence Plan of Study (see below) NON-LICENSURE FOCUSED SEQUENCE (12-16 credits)

As Non-licensure Track students complete the Education Studies core, they meet with faculty to collaboratively determine a focus of study and a sequence of 4 courses to meet that focus. Faculty from across disciplines will be involved for course approval and program design.

Example of a Focused Sequence in Policy and Leadership in Education:

Understand that this list is of existing courses with the exception of the EDUC 450 which would serve as the Education Studies’ research capstone course.

Core Courses 

EDUC 201Philosophical and Ethical Reflection in Education4
EDUC 202Educational Psychology in Classrooms4
EDUC 203Contemporary/Historical Issues in Education4
EDUC 302Field Study in Cross-Cultural Education4

This is an example of the possibilities for a student interested in Policy and Leadership focus. The student, in collaboration and with guidance from Education Studies Faculty would choose between 4 course Here is a sample list of possible choices. It is not an exhaustive list. (This is an example. It is not a prescription. Options may change.)

PSCI 101The American Political System4
All non-licensure track students are required to complete EDUC 450 EDUC 150.
May also be offered at 250, 350 and 450 levels.
EDUC 350Special Topics1-8
or EDU 290
HIST 303
IDS 410Power, Politics, and Public Schools4
IDS 435Understanding Poverty4
JPS 103Community Problem Solving4
JPS 405
PHIL 111Ethics4
PHIL 336Social and Political Philosophy4
PSCI 204Public Policy and Administration4
PPS 211Change, Innovation and Impact4