The online Middle and Secondary Teaching Graduate Certificate at App State

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 go from class to classroom in just three semesters, entering a field with high employment demand. This program of study also aligns with the Residency Licensure Program.

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  • Middle Grades Teacher (6-9th grade)
  • Secondary teacher (9-12th grade)
  • Career & technical education teacher

Certificate details


  • Middle Grades: English/Language Arts, Science, Math or Social Studies at the middle school level.
  • Career & Technical: 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 information

  • 18 credit hours delivered online (2 courses per semester, including summer) as well as a 1-6 hour Clinical Internship experience in the fall or spring.
  • All Appalachian State University Education programs that lead to licensure or a similar credential require multiple site-based field experiences throughout the program as well as on-campus and regional meetings prior to and during the Clinical Internship. 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 19-24 hours may be required depending on the course of study taken for the bachelor’s degree.

Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.

Eligibility and application requirements

Applicants must:

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Resume
  • Personal statement

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at or 828-262-7559.

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