Below current and prospective students can find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
I’m interested in coming to UNC Greensboro to major in education. Who should I contact?
You will contact the Office of Student Success at email@example.com
I was admitted to UNCG, and I’m listed as a pre-major. What does that mean?
As a new UNC Greensboro student, you have to meet specific requirements in order to be admitted to your program of study. Contact an advisor for your major to discuss specific requirements to move from pre-major to major status and deadlines for meeting these requirements.
General Office Operations
What are your office hours?
Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
How can I set up an appointment?
Appointments with staff can be set up through email, phone, or starfish. You can access staff contact information here. Walk-in hours are on Tuesdays 1pm-4pm and Thursdays 9am-12pm.
Advising for Undergraduate Academic Programs
What undergraduate degree programs are advised by the Office of Student Services and Advising?
Currently, the office advises undergraduate students in the following majors: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, and the Special Education: Dual program (Elementary Education/Special Education). The office also advises undergraduate students in Secondary Education programs in Social Studies Education, Science Education, and English Education.
How long does it take to complete these programs?
For new first year students, it typically takes 4 years to complete these programs. For transfer students, it can take 2.5 to 3 years to complete these programs.
Who are the academic advisors in the Office of Student Success?
See our directory of our advising staff.
Do any of the undergraduate degree majors have online classes?
Only a few of the courses offered within each major are online. Most of the courses found in each major are offered on campus during the morning, afternoon, and evening hours.
How do I change my major?
Complete this form to change your major to Elementary Education, Special Education, Dual Elementary Education/Special Education, or Middle Grades.
Complete this form to change your major to Secondary Education.
I have met my requirements to move from pre-major to major status. How do I access the Teacher Education Application?
Advising for Alternative Licensure Programs
What are Alternative Licensure Programs?
These programs provide initial teacher certification options to those who have already earned a 4-year degree. These programs include NC Teach, Licensure-Only, and the PAIL program. Click the links for each program to learn more about the licensure areas offered.
When and how can I apply to these programs?
NC Teach admits three times a year. The deadlines for admission are July 1st (for fall semester), October 1 (for spring semester), and April 1st (for summer semester).
PAIL only admits students in the summer, and the deadline for admission is April 1st.
Apply for admission to these programs
What is required for admission to these programs?
Click these links for more information for each program’s requirements:
How long will it take to complete these programs?
For NC Teach, it could take a minimum of 3 semesters to complete.
For Licensure-Only, the length of the program will depend on the degree you have and when you are available to take courses.
For PAIL, students take 2 classes in the summer, 2 in the fall, 2 in the spring, and then in the final fall semester complete their practicum/student teaching
When are courses offered, and do you offer online courses?
For PAIL, the program’s courses are all online.
For NC Teach, only a few courses are offered online. Most coursework is offered face to face and is usually in the evenings.
For Licensure-Only programs, online course and campus course availability varies by semester.
PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Exam
How much does it cost to take the PRAXIS Core?
To view a list of testing fees, see the PRAXIS test and fees page.
How do I sign up for the PRAXIS Core?
Register for a PRAXIS core exam.
When should I take the PRAXIS Core?
If you are a new first year student, you should consider taking the summer before your sophomore year. Transfer students should consider taking the exam the summer before their first semester at UNC Greensboro. Taking the exam early will ensure you have enough time to retake the exam if needed.
How often can I retake the exam?
You can retake the exam 21 business days after your previous attempt. Furthermore, if you don’t meet the required overall passing score on the exam but you passed individual section(s), you would only need to retake the sections you did not pass.
What resources are available to help me study for the PRAXIS Core?
Tutorials and other resources can be found at this link. Additional studying resources can be found through the Teaching Resource Center (TRC).
What exams do I need to take in order to be licensed to teach in North Carolina?
Where can I find resources to help me study for licensure exams?
Study Guides for licensure exams are available for checkout in the Teaching Resources Center, School of Education Room 310.
What steps do I need to take to apply for NC Licensure?
What will happen if I have wait to apply for licensure? For example, what if I waited a year after graduation to apply to be licensed to teach?
Licensure requirements could change during that time period. This could mean that you would need to take additional exams or courses in order to apply for licensure.
Scholarships and other Sources for Funding for Undergraduate Students
When does the SOE General Fund Scholarships Application become available?
When does the scholarship application close?
When do students learn whether they have received an award?
Students who receive awards will be notified by the middle of April each school year.
Are there other funding opportunities available for students majoring in Education?
For those seeking to become first time teachers, there are the following options:
Haggai Academy for adult students.
Teacher Education Fellows for traditional age students.
Federal TEACH Grant program. Certain restrictions apply.
Is there a way to forgive my students loans after I graduate?
You might be eligible for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, which can forgive up to a certain amount of your student loans. See more information about receiving loan forgiveness.
Do I need to find my own internship site?
The SOE placement coordinator will find you an internship site. Most school districts have strict rules against students reaching out directly to any teacher or principal in their districts for placement.
What documentation do I need to participate in internships?
You will need to complete a criminal background check that is specifically for our internships. You will also need professional liability insurance for internships.
Information about both of these requirements can be found here. On this webpage, click on the tab “Placement Procedures”.
I have a question about an issue that may show up on my background check. Who can I talk to about this issue?
You can speak to the placement coordinator, Judy Pelance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When will I participate in Student Teaching, and do I need to do anything to prepare for it?
You will participate in a Student Teaching experience during your final semester of your senior year. In order to participate in Student Teaching, you will need to complete the Student Teaching Application during your junior year. The application and deadlines for completing it can be found on this webpage. On this webpage, click on the tab “Placement Policies”.
Where can I find Residency Licensure Information?