Office of Student Success

Alternative Licensure

The Alternative Licensure programs provide initial teacher certification options to those with an earned 4-year degree, and seek to earn a Standard SP1 teaching license. UNC Greensboro offers a wide selection to meet the initial licensure needs of the community.

Application Deadlines for Alternative Programs

Fall: July 1

Spring: October 1

Summer: April 1

International Students

Fall: May 15

Spring: September 15

Summer: February 15

Program options for those seeking an initial license to teach

There are three program options for those seeking an initial teaching license: NC Teach, PAIL, and Licensure Only, shown below.

NC Teach


Licensure Only

The Licensure Only certification areas prepare applicants for teaching in advance of entering the classroom.

Certification Areas:

  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Health & Physical Education (K-12)
  • Art Licensure (K-12)

For information on B-K Licensure, please click here.

Required Licensure Only Courses:

Program coursework and duration are dependent upon the degree and previous coursework of the applicant. Once admitted, a detailed plan of study will be provided.

Admission Requirements:

  • Earned 4-year degree in a field related to the teaching area (bachelor degree and 24 credit hours in the area of content may suffice).
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Copy of an official transcript.


Please click the following link to the Graduate School to complete the Graduate School application process for Licensure Only:  Graduate School Application

Please email Amanda Shirk for questions regarding any of the listed alternative options at