Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

All new undergraduate students arrive at the Cato College of Education as pre-majors. In order to be admitted to Teacher Education and begin major coursework, the following requirements must be met:

  • C or better in EDUC 1100/2100 and SPED 2100; or MDSK 2100 (SECD Minors only); EDUC 1100/2100 are EDU 216 and EDU 221, respectively, at NCCCs; MDSK 2100 does not have an NCCC equivalent
  • 30+ credit hours (for ELED, MDLG, SPED, and SPEL) or 45+ credit hours (for CHFD, FLED, and SECD)
  • UNCC GPA of 2.7 or higher (for the 2020-2021 Academic Year only, the mininum admission GPA is 2.5); students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in good standing in their major*
    *Admitted students who drop below a cumulative GPA of 2.5 have one probationary fall or spring semester to return to good standing in their major. Professional education coursework may be taken during the probationary semester. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.5 following the probationary semester will return to pre-major status and be ineligible to continue professional education coursework until they meet the 2.7 GPA required for program admission.
  • Passing scores on the Praxis Core or exempting SAT/ACT scores (as authorized in SB704, this requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 Academic Year only)
  • Completed application on file in TEAL and satisfactory results from a criminal background check (run at time of application)

Please call the TEAL main line (704-687-8725) or contact your education advisor with questions.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching must meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.75; an overall GPA of 2.7 of higher will be considered with very strong recommendations*
  • For Middle Grades, Secondary, Foreign Language, and CTE concentrations, one of the following:
    • A relevant undergraduate degree (see planning sheets)
    • 21 hours of background coursework (see planning sheets)**
    • Passing scores on exams required for NC licensure. Note: Secondary applicants only need passing scores on the relevant content Praxis Subject Exam prior to program admission.
    • As authorized in LICN-001, the background content requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 AY only for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching for applicants currently employed as teachers who are seeking Residency Licensure. Proof of employment is required through a Form RL signed by your employing district prior to admission. Applicants admitted without background content requirements must satisfy them through either 24 relevant credit hours or SBE-approved licensure exams before renewing their residency license for the 2021-2022 AY.
  • For Foreign Language (except Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) concentrations:
    • Full-time employment as a teacher in the program content area
  • Completed application with the Graduate School, including:
    • Three online recommendations
    • A satisfactory statement of purpose
    • Signed Commitment to Disposition form
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended during or after high school
    • Satisfactory results from a criminal background check

*Applicants with an overall GPA below 2.7 should call the TEAL main line (704-687-8725) to discuss potential admission options.

**It is strongly recommended that you contact Mr. Josh Avery (, 704-687-8727) to have your background content credits reviewed prior to submitting an application with the Graduate School.

Questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Art Education should be directed to Ms. Tesh Ramey (, 704-687-8182).

Questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Teaching for all other licensure areas should be directed to Mr. Josh Avery (, 704-687-8727).