Eligibility & Cost


We encourage all interested students to apply. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements (3.0 out of a 4.0 system) may be admitted provisionally based on past work experiences as a professional in the field of K-12 education, higher education, human services, or training and development and, ultimately, by earning at least a “B” (3.0) average in the first three credit hours of work in the certificate program.


Students take one class per semester and classes are paid on a per-semester basis.

The Total program cost estimate (Residents of North Carolina) for 2014-2015 is $5,135 for all 13 hours of GCCE coursework.

Here is a sample cost schedule:

  • Summer: 3 Credits ($1185)
  • Fall: 3 Credits ($1185)
  • Spring: 4 Credits ($1580)
  • Following Summer: 3 Credits ($1185)

Visit the NC State’s Graduate Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Students who have financial needs may apply for grants, loans, and scholarships from the NC State financial aid office.

In North Carolina, to apply for financial aid, students are required to take 2 classes each in fall and spring from our program; and one class each in Summer I and Summer II. Since the program offers only one course per semester, students may not be qualified for federal financial aid (requiring a minimum of two classes per semester). Some students take a second online class in the same semester from other NC State distance education program.

Students are also encouraged to search for financial aid from the states of their residence, foundations, or other sources.