The online Elementary Education Graduate Certificate at App State

Do you have a bachelor’s degree outside of education? App State’s graduate certificate in Elementary Education is uniquely designed for you so you can get your A-level license in Elementary Education by studying with specialists who will prepare you for today’s diverse, technology-enhanced classrooms.

You will engage in coursework and experiences designed to prepare you with content knowledge beyond your undergraduate degree and pedagogical practices to support student learning in the 21st century. This 21-month program can be used for the Residency Licensure Program if you have been offered employment by an LEA (Local Education Agency) in North Carolina.


  • Elementary Education teacher

Certificate details

Program information

  • This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses, with two courses per semester, including summer.
  • All App State education programs that lead to an initial licensure or a similar credential require a Clinical Internship at a North Carolina public school. Learn more.
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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 27 hours may be required depending on the course of study taken for the bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility and application requirements


Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts (or evaluated transcripts for degrees and coursework earned outside of the United States) should be uploaded showing any completed degrees and coursework.
    Note: Official transcripts will be required prior to enrolling.
  • Resume
  • Personal statement

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Professional Licensure

Appalachian State programs that lead to a professional licensure or certificate are intended to prepare students for licensure or certification in North Carolina. Check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements in other states.

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