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 of 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:
    • Three online recommendations
    • A satisfactory statement of purpose
    • Signed Commitment to Disposition form
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary 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.

**It is strongly recommended that you contact Mr. Josh Avery (, 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:

Art Education
Fall Admission: April 15th

All Other Concentrations
Fall Admission: August 1st
Spring Admission: December 1st
Summer I Admission: May 15th
Summer II Admission: June 15th

Available Start Terms

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


Please contact:

  • Mr. Josh Avery (, 704-687-8727) for questions about B-K, CTE, Foreign Language, Middle, Secondary, and TESL programs
  • Ms. Liz Adkisson (, 704-687-8882) for questions about Elementary Education and Special Education programs
  • Ms. Tesh Ramey (, 704-687-8182) for questions about the Arts Education program
  • Dr. Brad Smith (, 704-687-8815) or Ms. Shanique Lee (, 704-687-8996) for general inquiries