The School of Education at North Carolina Central University offers a full online program in Elementary Education Second Degree Program. Although the program was originally designed for the Teacher Assistant to Teacher Professional pathway, (TA2TP), for teacher assistants and instructional assistants with a Bachelor of Arts degree not in education and returning to school to obtain their bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, it is open to any student wanting to complete their Elementary Education Second Degree program fully online.

Students in the Elementary Education Second Degree Program are involved a rigorous program of study, which integrates content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy.  Students are prepared to work in diverse cultural contexts through extensive field experiences, courses assignments, and required assessments for licensure. The Second degree in Elementary Education prepares students for teaching in public traditional and charter elementary schools and leads to an initial K-6 teaching license in the state of North Carolina.

Program of Study

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The Elementary Education Online Second Degree Program has a curriculum that includes 30 – 60 credit hours, to which transfer credit for equivalent courses can be applied. Students can choose full-time or part-time enrollment.Included in the curriculum are the components below.

  • Comprehensive Program of Study for Second Degree
  • Maintain a cumulative7 Grade Point Average
  • Courses provided 100% online
  • Courses work that prepares them for diverse cultural contexts
  • Field experiences integrated in all professional studies and methods courses (K-6)
  • Access to an academic advisor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department
  • Access to support for taking all required assessments NCCU Teacher Education Program (e.g., Praxis Core, Pearson Foundations in Reading, Praxis Mathematics, edTPA)
  • Guidance for licensure process through the NCCU Licensure Officer and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction) to secure a NC A-level teaching certificate (Elementary Education K-6)

While admitted to NCCU, students pursuing the Elementary Education Second Degree Program must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in restricted courses.  The admission requirements to be admitted to TEP include:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average 2.7 or higher in their bachelor’s degree
  • Complete all required documents for TEP admission in Taskstream, NCCU’s Assessment Program

The Elementary Education Online Second Degree Program provides pathways for several programs in the Teacher Education Program at NCCU, including students enrolled in the traditional Elementary Education Second Degree Program and Teacher Assistant to Teacher (TA2TP) pathway. Once students earn their Bachelors of Arts and receive their A-Level Licensure, they can become employed by any school district in North Carolina in K-5 schools as well as sixth grade.  Additionally, with their BA, students can apply for graduate programs in education at NCCU, including the Masters of School Administration, Masters of Arts in Teaching (Special Education in General Curriculum, Adaptive Curriculum, and Visual Impairment, Blind and Visually Impaired Orientation with a concentration in mobility).

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

*Please note: Tuition & Fees are subject to change*

The Elementary Education Online Second Degree Program follows the University’s polices for admission.  

Admission to the Teacher Education Program:

Students are eligible for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a state requirement, if the student completes:

  • Provision of an official transcript verifying an earned 4-year degree and final cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher;
  • TEP Application (submitted in Taskstream)
  • NCCU Unofficial Transcript
  • Disposition Self-Assessment
  • Copy of Plan of Study for Second Degree

Field experiences and student teaching requirement must be completed in NC


May 1st – Summer Admission deadline

July 15th – Fall Admission deadline

November 15th – Spring Admission deadline

Dr. Gregory Downing

Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator, Elementary Education

H.M. Michaux, Jr., School of Education Building

North Carolina Central University

Office # 2090, Second Floor

H.M. Michaux, Jr. Building

700 Cecil Street

Durham, North Carolina 27707

Phone: 919-530-7842

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Program Summary