Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this program fully online?

Yes, this is a fully online program. You can attend the program from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the Internet.



2. How long does it take to finish the program?

The program provides flexibility for working professionals. The program length depends on the numbers of courses you take each semester. Most full-time teachers take one to two courses during fall and spring semesters plus courses during the summer. This schedule allows practicing teachers to complete program requirements in approximately 1.5 to 2 years. The program can be completed in a year (Fall, Spring, Summer I, and Summer II) if you are a full-time student and take maximum courses per semester.  

3. Do I need to teach in a school to attend the program?

Although this program is designed with teachers in mind, you do not have to be teaching in a school to attend the program.

4. Can I attend the program if I do not have an education degree or initial licensure?

This program is designed as a non-licensure program for teachers who already have an initial licensure. If you need to obtain an initial licensure, please look into the MAT program. If you do not need to obtain an initial licensure, you can attend the program without a degree in elementary education. We encourage those of you coming from an education-related field to apply.

5. Can I work as a graduate assistant?

Yes, you can apply for consideration for the graduate assistantship when submitting your application to the program. You will need to be able to come to the UNCW main campus and work during daytime.

6. What are the add-on licensure options?

You can complete add-on licensure in AIG, ESL, and Math. See the program information for details.

7. How much does it cost to attend the program?

Please refer to the graduate school’s financial information page with information on tuition and fees and financial aid.  


For more information, contact:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Carol McNulty