Admission Requirements/Deadlines

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching must meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.75; an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher will be considered with very strong recommendations*
  • For Middle Grades, Secondary, Foreign Language, and CTE concentrations, one of the following:
    • A relevant undergraduate degree (see planning sheets)
    • 21 hours of background coursework (see planning sheets)**
    • Passing scores on exams required for NC licensure. Note: edTPA is not required prior to admission. Candidates will complete this assessment during the student teaching internship.
  • For Foreign Language (except Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) concentrations:
    • Full-time employment as a teacher in the program content area
  • Completed application with the Graduate School, including:
    • Two online professional recommendations coming from individuals in a supervisory capacity (i.e. principal or manager) and/or academic reference (i.e. professor)
    • A satisfactory statement of purpose
    • Signed Commitment to Disposition form
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended during or after high school
    • Satisfactory results from a criminal background check. View the full Cato COED CBC and Drug Screening Policy here.

*Applicants with an overall GPA below 2.7 can pursue admission through GPA forgiveness.

*Applicants who most recently completed a bachelor’s degree from an institution that awards “Pass/Fail” for program completion in place of a GPA based on a 4.0 scale, must first pursue admission through the GPA Forgiveness route. To meet NCDPI’s requirements, all candidates admitted to an Educator Preparation Program must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher. We cannot directly accept candidates into the Graduate Certificate in Teaching based on a “Pass/Fail” transcript.

**It is strongly recommended that you contact Ms. Cassandra Himes (; 704-687-8727) to have your background coursework reviewed prior to submitting an application with the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to to allow time to register before class begins. Applications must be completed (i.e., all required documents submitted) by the following deadlines:

Fall Admission: August 9th for all concentrations except Art Education which is August 1st
Spring Admission: December 1st
Summer I Admission: May 15th
Summer II Admission: June 15th

Available Start Terms

Fall, Spring, and Summer: B-K, CTE, Elementary Education, ESL, Foreign Language, Middle, Secondary, and Special Education
Fall and Spring only: Art


Please contact:

  • Ms. Cassandra Himes (, 704-687-8727) for questions about B-K, CTE, Foreign Language, Middle, Secondary, and TESL programs
  • Ms. Ashley Langan (, 704-687-8882) for questions about Elementary Education and Special Education programs
  • Ms. Tesh Ramey (, 704-687-8182) for questions about the Art Education program
  • Ms. Jadah Nicholson (, 704-687-7353), for general questions.

Please join our virtual drop-in sessions on Mondays from 3-4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to inquire about the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and receive application support.

Join the virtual meetings here.