In order to be eligible to teach Social Studies (6-9 & 9-12) on a Residency License and be eligible for NC TEACH, you will need:
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.70 minimum GPA
- At least 24 hours in History, Political Science, Economics, and/or Geography (see bottom of page for a note regarding non-relevant courses)
- One of the following to meet the initial eligibility “content” criteria:
- A “relevant” degree in subject area or
- 24 hours in subject area or
- Passing Praxis II scores on the appropriate exam
NOTE: These are requirements for initial eligibility and to quality for a Residency License. In order to obtain full licensure, candidates must have 24 hours in addition to the Praxis II before applying for licensure.
The following breakdown of Social Studies courses is required when NC TEACHers apply for full licensure at the end of the program:
- US History Pre 1865
- US History Post 1865
- Political Science
- World History
- History of a non-Western Culture
- Any Social Studies Elective
If you do not have these courses completed when entering NC TEACH, you can plan to take these content courses during the NC TEACH program. You must have a “C” or higher in the course. “C-” is not accepted.
Courses from these departments do not count toward the content coursework for a Social Studies license:
- Criminal Justice
- History of Music, Art, etc.
- International Studies
- Psychology and Sociology
Semester I (Summer start or Spring start ONLY – there is no Fall Start)
- ECI 471 (Spring): Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory
- ECI 472 (Spring): Interaction of Classroom Management and Instruction
Semester II (Fall)
- ECI 473: Subject-Specific Methods
- ECI 474: Curriculum and Instruction Practices I
Semester III (Spring)
- ECI 475: Peer Mentoring in Alternative Licensure
- ECI 476: Curriculum and Instruction Practices II
For more details on core coursework please see Curriculum.
All candidates must pass the Praxis II before applying for full licensure. This exam can be taken while enrolled in NC TEACH.
Please prepare to take the correct exam for your licensure area. For information on which Praxis test to take, please review the NC State Praxis II North Carolina Licensure Exam Requirements (Download PDF).