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 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 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
  • 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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