The online Middle and Secondary Teaching Graduate Certificate at Appalachian

Get your initial A-level teaching license and expand upon your undergraduate major with teaching theory, practice and preparation for today's culturally-diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.

Through the Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching program at Appalachian State University, you’ll become certified to teach middle and high school students with as little as three semesters of convenient, online coursework.

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Certificate details


  • 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.

*Health Sciences: Must have a current license, certification or registration by a national and/or state-recognized program-accrediting agency as a health professions practitioner.

**Trade & Industry: Must provide evidence of having taken a minimum of 24 qualifying content semester hours in the discipline/specialty area.

Program format

  • 18 credit hours delivered online (2 courses per semester, including summer)
  • 1- or 6-credit hour internship practicum: supervised teaching full-time in a North Carolina public school or approved alternate method for internship/practicum completion, such as lateral-entry teaching in the appropriate subject and grade level.

NOTE: A transcript review will be performed by the program faculty prior to admission to determine if previous coursework meets criteria for initial licensure in your intended cognate track.  Additional coursework beyond the 19-24 hours may be required depending on the course of study taken for the bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility and application requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the chosen teaching area
  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution

Application Requirements:

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

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.


Semester Start Application Deadline


Nov. 1

Summer I

April 1


July 1

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Out of State Licensure

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.