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This program provides training for students with a bachelor’s degree seeking an initial North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten (BK) teaching license. In this program, you participate in real-time field experiences and student-teaching in early childhood settings (which can be completed in your own classroom with pay if working in an inclusive site that meets requirements).

The Student Experience

  • This program is designed for those seeking an initial North Carolina BK teaching license who already have an undergraduate degree in early childhood or a related field.
  • In this program, you participate in real-time field experiences and student-teaching in inclusive early childhood settings (which can be completed in your own classroom).
  • Experienced and committed faculty from the HDFS and SES departments teach, advise, and mentor you in this innovative interdisciplinary program.
  • The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provides scholarships for qualified students in this program.


  • Graduates meet the requirements to be recommended for a North Carolina BK Initial License.
  • Students also have an option for transitioning from this program into the M.Ed. program in which they may be eligible for an advanced license in BK.
  • Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for employment in a variety of settings, including:
    • NC Pre-K
    • Public schools
    • Private child care
    • Head Start and Early Head Start
    • Early Intervention
    • Resource and referral
    • Specialized education and inclusive education programs.

Apply to Program

  • Early Admission: October 15, 2023
  • Priority Consideration: January 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: February 1, 2024


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the BK BK Initial Licensure (PDF) program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice.  You should contact one of our Co-Directors: Catherine Scott-Little ([email protected]) or Heather Coleman ([email protected]) with any questions regarding this data.

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Dr. Catherine Scott-little

Catherine Scott-Little
[email protected]

Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director


Heather Coleman
[email protected]

Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director