The School of Education at North Carolina Central University offers a fully online program in Middle Grades Education (6-9). The second-degree program is intended for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field but would like to pursue a degree and a teaching license in Middle Grades Education.

Students in the online second-degree program in Middle Grades Education follow a rigorous program of study, which integrates content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy. Students are prepared to work in diverse cultural contexts through field experiences, technological foci, course assignments, and required licensure assessments. As part of the second-degree program, students earn up to 24 credits in science or social studies. By fulfilling this requirement, students are exposed to multiple subject areas within science (e.g., physical science, biology) or social sciences (e.g., history, geography). This prepares students to teach science or social studies to students in middle-level (6-9) public schools and leads to an initial North Carolina teaching license in the chosen concentration area (i.e., science or social studies).

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The online second-degree program in Middle Grades Education is a rigorous program of study consisting of 45-69 credits to which transfer credit for equivalent coursework may be applied. The following are some of the highlights of the program:

  • Comprehensive Program of Study that prepares students for diverse cultural contexts
  • Courses are 100% online with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • Course offerings are 8- and 16-weeks in fall/spring with a variety of summer options as well
  • North-Carolina based field experiences in all professional studies and methods courses
  • Access to an academic advisor and support staff in the Dept of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Support for required program and licensure assessments (e.g., Praxis Core, Praxis content)
  • Guidance on the licensure process to obtain an initial NC teaching license for grades 6-9

Upon completion of the online second-degree program in Middle Grades Education, graduates are eligible to apply for an initial middle-level (6-9) North Carolina teaching license with a concentration in social studies or science. After obtaining licensure, graduates may be employed to teach science or social studies in grades 6-9 at any school in North Carolina. They are also eligible to apply for graduate programs in education at NCCU, including the Master of School Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education in General Curriculum, Adaptive Curriculum, and Visual Impairment, Blind and Visually Impaired Orientation with a concentration in mobility), Educational Technology, Instructional Design, school counseling, etc

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

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

The online second-degree program in Middle Grades Education follows the University’s polices for admission (e.g., 2.0 GPA).

May 1st – Summer Admission deadline

July 15th – Fall Admission deadline

November 15th – Spring Admission deadline

Tracey Kumar, Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator, Middle Grades Education


Phone: (919) 530-6604

Program Summary