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One of the largest challenges facing our community, state, and nation is the lack of an adequate supply of exceptional elementary school teachers who have developed the skills necessary have an immediate positive impact on the lives of students they teach. In the School of Education at UNC Greensboro we are committed to addressing this challenge, and the Haggai Academy is one of our many initiatives that support this commitment. Launched in 2018, the Haggai Academy provides financial and professional support to non-traditional students who are preparing to become licensed school teachers in the State of North Carolina through initial licensure pathways.

Students in the Haggai Academy are enrolled as either a pre-major or major in one of the School of Education’s initial licensure programs pertaining to Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Grades (6-9), or Special Education and benefit from a Haggai Scholarship and wide range of additional co-curricular opportunities to help prepare them for a successful career as an educator. The scholarship value ranges from $5,000 to $8,000 depending on the academic program and year of study in which the student is enrolled. The additional co-curricular opportunities include a leadership component focusing on ethics, a range of service learning experiences, seminars related to current topics in the teaching profession, and engaging in a mentoring program to support the success of students in the Haggai Academy.

If you are a non-traditional student interested in teaching in the elementary grades (K-6) or special education, then the Haggai Academy in the School of Education at UNCG offers an amazing opportunity for you to explore.

Students eligible for the Haggai Academy must meet the criteria outlined below for degree program, academic standing, and status as a non-traditional student. Only applications completed by the posted deadline will be considered. All applications require the completion of the FAFSA form by the UNCG deadline for the selected academic year. In addition, acceptance into the Haggai Academy is contingent upon one’s acceptance to UNCG and an eligible academic program for the given year in which the candidate has applied.

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Applicants must meet one of the following academic program enrollment classifications:


Applicants must meet the following academic standing criteria:

  • Applicants without a degree who are not currently UNCG students – minimum high school diploma with grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree – minimum GPA of 3.0 in coursework leading to the degree
  • New transfers to UNCG – minimum of 30 transferable hours in relevant coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Current UNCG students – minimum UNCG GPA of 3.0


Applicants must be 24 years or older at the time of application. Applicants can come from a broad range of backgrounds, including (but not limited to) Veterans, Teacher Assistants, Community College students, and current UNCG students.

The Haggai Academy supports opportunity and excellence through scholarships and a wide range of co-curricular activities.


$5,000 for the academic year, for eligible undergraduate pre-majors (not yet admitted into upper division) in Elementary Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, or the Elementary Education & Special Education Dual Major

$8,000 for the academic year for undergraduate students enrolled as majors in Elementary Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, or the Elementary Education & Special Education Dual Major

$8,000 for the academic year, for students enrolled in the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program


Students in the Haggai Academy engage in a range of co-curricular training and experiences.

  1. Seminars. Students attend 90-minute seminar sessions, offered approximately three times per semester that include information about the work/practice of school counselors, nurses, social workers, and additional support service personnel. Leading these sessions will be faculty from affiliated departments and units at UNC Greensboro such as the School of Nursing and the departments of Counseling and Educational Development; Information, Library, and Research Sciences; Specialized Education Services; Communication Sciences Disorders; Public Health; and Social Work.
  2. Service Learning. Students engage in community-based learning that aid them in integrating their own beliefs about people and learning as well as stereotypes about students and their families. Such community engagement will also broaden the students’ knowledge about children and families and the services available to them through the introduction of wrap-around services.
  3. Leadership Development. Students in the Haggai Academy will earn hours and receive leadership certificates recognizing their community service beyond their internship/student teaching responsibilities.
  4. Breadth of Experience. Students will be introduced to, and will work with, teachers, principals, and various school personnel presently working in schools designated as Title I.