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Online Post Baccalaureate Residency Licensure Certificate: Careers

Enter the Education Field as a Licensed K–12 Teacher

Licensure exam preparation

NCDPI-approved program

Become a teacher in North Carolina and choose from seven concentrations. Methodist University’s online Post Baccalaureate Residency Licensure Certificate offers an alternative pathway to K–12 initial licensure for students with a bachelor’s degree.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Students complete all state-required licensure exams during the program and graduate ready for classroom teaching.
  • This certificate is offered as an approved educator preparation program through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
  • Qualify to teach elementary school, special education, middle grades, high school, art, physical education/health education, or music based on program focus.

Average North Carolina Teacher Salaries

Elementary school teacher $50,130 per year1

Middle school teacher $51,450 per year1

High school teacher $51,460 per year1

Special education teacher $52,970 per year1

Begin a Rewarding Teaching Career

With student enrollment numbers increasing and states like North Carolina reporting teacher shortages, there is a critical need for qualified educators in K–12 classrooms. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment in education occupations is expected to grow 10% through 2030, with 920,500 new jobs added to the market. Completing Methodist University’s Post Baccalaureate Residency Licensure Certificate will prepare you to meet this demand.

You’ll complete all state-required licensure exams during your program and graduate as a licensed K–12 teacher in North Carolina. Depending on the concentration area you choose, you will be qualified to teach elementary school, special education, middle grades, high school, art, physical education/health education, or music.

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

When you complete your online teacher residency program, you will be able to:

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Teaching approaches
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom management
  • Education best practices
  • Teaching in the field

Choose From 7 Licensure Areas

This concentration features coursework in reading fundamentals, mathematics education, behavior management, and more. If you choose this option, you will leave the program fully certified to teach in an elementary classroom.

  • Middle Grades – ELA
  • Middle Grades – Math
  • Middle Grades – Science
  • Middle Grades – Social Studies

The concentration in Middle Grades explores topics like literacy, instructional technology, and more. Upon program completion, you will be fully certified to teach in a middle school classroom.

  • Secondary Education – General Science
  • Secondary Education – Math
  • Secondary Education – Social Studies
  • Secondary Education – ELA

In this concentration, you will study lesson planning, assessment, instructional technology, and more for secondary education. If you choose this option, you will be fully certified to teach high school.

The 18-semester hour concentration in Special Education (K–12) focuses on curriculum planning and instructional practices for students with disabilities as well as legal, ethical, and historical elements of special education. Upon program completion, you will be fully certified to teach in a special education classroom.

This concentration features a curriculum that explores art education theory and practice. If you choose this option, you will be fully certified to teach in an art education program.

The Music Education (K–12) concentration includes coursework in world music, conducting, music theory, and more. Upon program completion, you will be fully certified to teach in roles like elementary music teacher, band director, and choral director.

This concentration focuses on instructional methods for physical activity settings, achievement-based curriculum design, and more. You will leave the program fully certified to teach physical education or health education.

Ensuring Your Success Beyond Graduation

From the moment you become a student at Methodist University, you’ll have access to the support needed to obtain career readiness skills, internships, employment, and other career opportunities. And you can tap into a wide variety of career services long after you’ve graduated.

Here are just a few examples of what you can expect for career support as a student or alumnus. You can benefit from all of them remotely.

Individual and Group Workshops

Whether you need help with assessing your skills and defining your career goals or want a crash course in job searching, our staff can help.

Career Readiness

MU Career Services is committed to empowering students with career readiness tools. Contact us for details about our signature programs, the MU Career Challenge, and the Senior Seminar Series.

Mock Interviews

Learn how to respond confidently to general and behavioral interview questions while articulating your strengths with mock interviews.