WPU Announces New Teacher Licensure Programs Within Education Major for Adult & Professional Studies Students

May 15, 2018

William Peace University is proud to announce two new licensure programs within the University’s Education major for the School of Professional Studies, WPU’s accelerated degree program for adults and working professionals. The programs are geared toward teacher assistants (TAs) currently working in the field, allowing them to become fully licensed instructors.

The first licensure program is centered around a partnership with Wake County Public Schools, known as the Special Education Adapted Curriculum, where teachers can become licensed and work in a self-contained special education classroom with students who have severe disabilities. The program will be offered starting spring 2019 and will only take three (3) full semesters to complete, making it easy for TAs to continue working while earning their licensure.

“We’re excited for these new licensure programs, and especially for our partnership with Wake County Public Schools.”

The second program is centered around Elementary and Special Education, where teachers can become dual-licensed and work with students who are learning disabled and require special education services. This dual licensure will be offered starting fall 2018 and can be completed in as little as 30 hours depending on a candidate’s prior experience and coursework.

“We’re excited for these new licensure programs, and especially for our partnership with Wake County Public Schools,” said Lori McClaren, Ph.D., Executive Director of the School of Professional Studies. “The Adapted Curriculum licensure program will prepare educators to serve our growing population of students with significant disabilities in this high need area. The TA to Licensure program empowers teaching assistants to build on their knowledge and skills to become a licensed classroom educator.”

Candidates for the programs must have first earned a Bachelor of Arts. Candidates who earned a 2.7 or higher GPA in their respective BA are exempt from the Praxis Core.

More details on the curriculum will be released this summer. The University is holding an information session on the new programs tomorrow, May 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the Education Program within SPS at WPU, click here.

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