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 go from class to classroom in just three semesters, entering a field with high employment demand. This is a coherent program for lateral entry as well.

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

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 information

  • 18 credit hours delivered online (2 courses per semester, including summer)
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Meet Graduate School admission criteria

Application Requirements:

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

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

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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.