Teacher Education and Higher Education

Teacher Education

Our Teacher Education programs elevate students’ leadership competencies, intellect, and professional knowledge of K-12 educational best and emerging practices. Our program is designed to develop educational leaders through its emphasis on instruction, research-based practices, and program development and management in K-12 learning environments and non-traditional settings.

Our program caters to a wide range of offerings, from those who are brand new to teaching to those who wish to pursue an advanced degree in education.

Bachelor of Science

We are well-known throughout the state of North Carolina (and beyond!) for producing high-quality educators. Courses are taught by faculty who have K-12 classroom experience and who are renowned experts in their content areas. Our programs also include many internship hours within local K-12 public schools so that our preservice teachers can better connect theory to practice. Our graduates are well-prepared to enter the field and are typically sought after by school districts.

At the Bachelor of Science level, we offer degrees in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, and Secondary (High School) Social Studies Education.

For more information, please contact the SOE Office of Student Services, soeoss@uncg.edu.

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

STEP is designed for students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, and provides students the opportunity to earn initial licensure in grades 9 through 12, and is offered jointly with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health and Human Performance, and College of Visual and Performing Arts.

For more information, please contact Dr. Wayne Journell, Secondary Teacher Education Program Coordinator, awjourne@uncg.edu.

Master of Arts in Teaching

These programs are for individuals who already have an undergraduate degree but who do not currently hold a teaching license or have a current position teaching in a K-12 school. Our MAT programs provide the same quality of teacher preparation as our undergraduate programs, only at the graduate level. In addition to their coursework, MAT students participate in multiple internships within local K-12 public schools, including a full semester of student teaching.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sam Miller, TEHE Director of Graduate Studies, sdmille2@uncg.edu.

Master of Education

These programs are for individuals who already hold a teaching license and are currently teaching in a K-12 school. In addition to providing teachers with critical professional development aimed at improving their practice, the M.Ed. leads to an M-level license, which is often required for positions such as a school curriculum facilitator or a district content specialist.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sam Miller, TEHE Director of Graduate Studies, sdmille2@uncg.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy

Our Ph.D. programs give students the opportunity to work with faculty members who are renowned scholars in their fields of study. In the Ph.D. program, students will take courses in theory and methodology, as well as engage in research projects that will eventually lead to a dissertation. Graduates of our Ph.D. program typically become faculty at institutions of higher education; however, some take positions within K-12 school district administrations or remain in the classroom.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dale Schunk, TEHE Director of Doctoral Studies, dhschunk@uncg.edu.

For additional information about our concentrations, please see the following points of contact:


Undergraduate Students
We encourage students to talk with our academic advisors in the Office of Student Success (OSS) within the School of Education. The Office of Student Success (OSS), provides students with clear and accurate information regarding University/School of Education/state licensure policies, procedures, and services, offer recommendations and strategies for academic success, and refer students to appropriate campus office and resources.

Graduate Students
Applications to all graduate programs are made through the UNC Greensboro Graduate School. The Graduate School website will provide prospective students with a wealth of information about the application process.

Financial Support

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. 

All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any scholarship in which financial need is a requirement of the scholarship.

Students needing other financial aid should complete the forms obtained through the Financial Aid Office. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.334.5702 or email: finaid@uncg.edu.


How much do the programs cost?

The cost varies every year and it depends on how many courses you take every semester, too. You can find out about the estimated cost of attendance at the Graduate School’s website.

When is my application due?

It depends. Some programs have earlier admissions deadlines; some Master’s Degree programs have rolling admissions, and others have strict deadlines. Please consult individual program pages and coordinators or the Graduate School for more information.

What is I just want to take a course or two? Do I have to enroll in a program?

If you need to renew a license, or if you wish to take a class in order to determine if you wish to apply to a program, or if you just have a love of learning, UNC Greensboro Graduate School welcomes you to take graduate level classes as a non-degree seeking student.

How long does it take to complete my program?

For most students, it depends on how many courses you choose to take each semester and your program. You may choose to take only 1-2 courses per semester, or you may take 3-4 courses per semester.

Where can I find a class schedule?

The University Registrar’s Office publishes the Fall and Spring Semester Schedule of Courses in Web format only. The Fall schedule is available in March and the Spring schedule is available in October. The semester Schedule of Courses lists all courses and course sections to be offered in a given semester. Current schedule information can be found on the Web through the Course Search.

  1. Select the current or previous terms you wish to search through.
  2. Select a Subject.
    • For Teacher Education courses, you will need to select “Teacher Education” as the “Subject.”
    • For Higher Education courses, you will need to select “Higher Education” as the “Subject.”
  3. Click the Search button.