Residency Licensure Certificate Program

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Campus Residency Licensure Certificate Program

Program Requirements

Persons with an approved baccalaureate degree wishing to obtain North Carolina teaching licensure through Methodist University must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Are currently employed or are seeking employment in a local school system

Note: Candidates may enroll in courses associated with the residency licensure but a residency license cannot be issued until employment occurs.

The residency licensure program is designed for working teachers to complete in one year. However, candidates will have up to three years to complete the residency program.

The program consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours focused on pedagogical practices needed for successful teaching.

Note: Transcripts will be reviewed for each candidate. In some cases, additional course work may be recommended or required based on this review. Candidates will be notified of any additional course requirements as part of their individual prescribed plan of study.

Apply to the On-Campus Residency Licensure Program

Apply to the MU Online Residency Licensure Program

Online Residency Licensure Certificate Program

The online Post Baccalaureate Residency Licensure Certificate is designed to provide an alternative pathway to initial teaching licensure.* The curriculum focuses on pedagogy to ensure you’re prepared to be an effective educator in your chosen area. With seven concentration options available, this certificate includes 18-22 semester hours. You will complete all state-required licensure exams throughout your program, graduating as a qualified professional educator.

Because this program features online coursework, you have the flexibility to study while continuing to teach. You will be assigned both a faculty supervisor and a site-based mentor during your practicum experience for guidance and support. Unlike most teacher residency licensure programs, MU doesn’t require students to complete a master’s degree. To apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree and be employed or seeking employment with a public or public charter school in North Carolina.

*Students must be enrolled in or attached to the Post Baccalaureate Residency Licensure Certificate program, take and pass all licensure exams within a three-year period, and be employed at a sponsor school throughout the program.

Read More and Apply at the MU Online web site.

Course Requirements

The following courses are included in the residency licensure program:

Common to all licensure areas:

  • PXS 6300 Advanced Behavior Management (3)
  • PXS 6600 Student Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6620 Special Education: Legal, Ethical, & Historical Perspectives (3)

Licensure-Specific courses:


  • Methods Course – EDU 3550 (4)
  • EDU 3560 (3) or EDU 6720 (3)
  • MAT 2060 (3) or 1060 (3)

Special Education

  • Methods – SPE 4010 (3) or EDU 6640 (3)
  • EDU 3560 (3) or EDU 6720 (3)
  • SPE 2600 (3) or EDU 6630 (3)

Middle Grades

  • Middle Grades Methods – EDU 4470 (3)
  • EDU 3300 (3)
  • EDU 4200 (3) or EDU 6730 (3)

Secondary Education

  • Teaching Methods for Secondary Subject areas (based on licensure area)
  • EDU 4110: Secondary English (9-12) (3)
  • EDU 4120: Secondary Social Studies (9-12) (3)
  • EDU/MAT 4145: Mathematics (9-12) (3)
  • EDU 4150: Science (9-12) (3)
  • EDU 3300 (3)
  • EDU 4200 (3) or EDU 6730 (3)

Physical Education & Health Education

  • EDU 4130 Physical Education and Health Education Methods (3)
  • PXS 2090 (3) or PXS 3400 (3)
  • PXS 4050 (3)

Art Education

  • EDU 4170 – K-12 Art Methods (3)
  • EDU 3300 (3)
  • ART 3620 (3)

Music Education

  • An individualized plan of instruction will be developed for music education majors based on a review of their transcripts.

Residency Licensure Courses

Visit our page of Course Descriptions for more information about each course in the Residency Licensure Program.

Contact the Residency Licensure Program

Maryanne Hickson

Maryanne Hickson

Administrative Assistant, College of Business, Technology, & Professional Studies; Education
(910) 630-7057
Hendricks 200B
Maryanne Hickson
Maryanne Hickson

Administrative Assistant, College of Business, Technology, & Professional Studies; Education

(910) 630-7057
Hendricks 200B