Specialized Education Services

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Birth through Kindergarten Initial Licensure (BK:IL Program)

This interdisciplinary synchronous online program provides graduate level training and experiences in inclusive early childhood that leads to eligibility for an initial North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten (BK) teaching license. The program is jointly administered with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Career Opportunities

 Infant/Toddler Teacher, PreK Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Early Interventionist 

Program Contact

SES BK Director: Dr. Salih Rakap
Rm. 416 School of Education Building

HDF BK Director: Dr. Catherine Scott-Little
Rm. 248 Stone Building


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

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

Interested in teaching young children? Join us for an upcoming virtual Open House to learn more about our Birth through Kindergarten programs.

Open House Dates:

  • December 13, 2022 @ 6:00pm
  • January 10, 2022 @ 6:00pm

Join Our Virtual Open House (Meeting ID: 915 0786 9543)

Applications for Fall 2023 are open and  due by October 15, 2022 for EARLY AdmissionJanuary 15, 2023 for PRIORITY Consideration, and February 1, 2023 for FINAL opportunity.

For further information about BK:ILP contact Dr. Salih Rakap, SES BK Graduate Co-Director, at s_rakap@uncg.edu or Dr. Catherine Scott-Little, HDFS BK Graduate Co-Director, at mcscottl@uncg.edu

Example Careers:

Public Pre-K or Kindergarten Teacher, Early Interventionist, Head Start Teacher

Designed For

This program is designed for students seeking an initial North Carolina BK teaching license who already have an undergraduate degree in early childhood or a related field.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for employment in a variety of settings, including: public schools as a Pre-K or kindergarten teacher, private preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start, early intervention, resource and referral, and specialized education and inclusive education programs.

Research Interests

Faculty who teach in the certificate program engage in research on topics such as: preparation of early childhood educators for family-centered practice, measurement of child care quality, inclusive practices, assessment in early childhood contexts and settings, and collaboration in early childhood programs and services.

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 undergraduate degree in BK Initial Licensure 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 s_rakap@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.

Licensure Reciprocity Information

Program of Study

Sample Program of Study

  • Fall 1
    • SES 601
    • HDF/SES 607
  • Spring 1
    • SES 603
    • HDF/SES 606
  • Fall 2
    • SES 649c

Total hours: 20-hours

Core courses:

Birth through Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate

  • SES 601 Introduction to Inclusive Birth-Kindergarten Services (3 s.h.)
  • SES 603 Screening/Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood (3 s.h.)
  • HDF/SES 606 Preschool-Kindergarten Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 s.h.)
  • HDF/SES 607 Infant/Toddler Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 s.h.)
  • SES 649C Student Teaching (6 s.h.)

Minimum program requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

Additional information

  • If GPA is below a 3.0, students have the option to take a graduate level course as a visiting student. If students earn a “B” or higher in this course, they will be considered eligible for admission. Admission is not guaranteed, and students must submit a full application for review for admission.
  • Students are able to work while completing this program. Class meetings take place online in the evenings (5:00-6:50), and students are required to participate in field experiences and full-time student teaching in high-quality inclusive settings. These experiences are completed in approved settings, and students may be required to leave their jobs to complete this aspect of the program in one of these settings.
  • The program can typically be completed in three or five semesters, depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Students applying from fields other than early childhood education may be required to take two pre-requisite courses during the program.
  • Applications must include academic transcripts, a resume, a professional statement describing interest and rationale for obtaining BK licensure and career goals, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. 
  • Applications to enter this program in Fall 2022 are now closed. Thank you for your interest in our program. Applications for Fall 2023 will be open late Spring 2022 and are due by October 15, 2022 for EARLY Admission, January 15, 2023 for PRIORITY Consideration, and February 1, 2023 for FINAL opportunity. Please check back our website for updates and additional information.
  • Students wishing to pursue the BK:ISED Masters Degree upon completion of the initial licensure program may complete an optional Phase Two: BK:ISED M.Ed program (minimum 24 credit hours with 13 hours of credit transferred from the Licensure Certificate). The remaining required courses include:
    • HDF 650 Theory & Research in Early Childhood Development (3 s. h.)
    • ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research (3 s. h.)
    • SES 602 Inclusive Family-Centered Practices in Early Childhood (3 s. h.)
    • HDF 633 Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 s. h.)
    • HDF 636 Leadership & Mentoring in Educating Young Children (3 s. h.)
    • SES 604 Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood (6 s. h.)
    • Elective (3 s. h.)

Students that chose to complete both phases will complete a minimum total of 44 hours.

Students interested in completing Phase Two must apply and be accepted to the BK:ISED M.Ed. program.

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.