Specialized Education Services

Online Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Initial Licensure (PAIL) in Special Education: General Curriculum

The primary goal of the online PAIL program is to prepare professionals for diverse roles in working with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of inclusive educational and community environments.

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Program Contact

Office of Student Success
142 School of Education Building


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this online program culminates in a license, not a degree.

Example Careers

Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Specialist, Resource Teacher

Designed For

This online PAIL program is designed to provide initial teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum to individuals who have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university in a field other than education and desire to work in K-12 classrooms. The online PAIL program is designed for anyone seeking initial licensure in special education. Students in the online PAIL program have consisted of individuals already working in schools, such as teacher assistants or those looking for a career change.  This program is ideal for students who need to work from a distance, eliminating travel to campus.

Career Opportunities

Throughout their online coursework, students have numerous opportunities to use cases and problem-based learning that includes appropriate implementation of inclusive practices. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are prepared to teach students with disabilities who are following the general curriculum in a variety of inclusive settings.

Research Interests

We value diverse and evidence-based pedagogical, instructional, curricular, and positive behavioral approaches as well as research methodologies designed to produce appropriate learning outcomes for all students.

Licensure Eligibility Notice

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the the initial teaching license in Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Initial Licensure-PAIL online certificate program,  You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at jibost@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.

Licensure Reciprocity Information

Program of Study

  • 21 credit hours
  • 16 weeks student teaching placement

Review the PAIL Program of Study and Licensure Requirements in the bulletin, here.

Minimum Program Requirements

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a re­sume, three letters of recommendation and Personal Statement of goals, past experience and unique skills. Applicants must submit all application materials required by The Graduate School by the appropriate deadline.

Additional Information

Candidates will need to submit an electronic portfolio which is assembled from projects completed during coursework. Candidates will need to take a licensure exam after (or during) coursework is complete in order to get a special education teaching license.

Students who complete the online PAIL program have the option to transition into the MEd in Special Education in which they may be eligible for an advanced license in Special Education. Course work from the plan of study for the online PAIL program in Special Education may be applied to the MEd in special education provided the student meets all admission requirements of The Graduate School and the Department of Specialized Education Services.

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Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.