Add-On Licensure Programs

Mars Hill University offers “add-on licensure programs” in four areas:


Add-on Licensure Programs do not require formal admission into the Teacher Education Program if the student is only seeking the “add-on license program” and already has a valid North Carolina teaching license. Please consult with Adult and Graduate Studies office (828-689-1166) and the Education Department (828-689-1204;

Note: Undergraduate students may elect to complete an add-on program at the same time they are completing their academic program for an initial teaching license. Students should consult with the Education Department for further information. 

Candidates interested in earning an add-on license must have and/or complete the following:

1.   Earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Copies of all academic transcripts are required for review.
2.   Have an undergraduate (or graduate if applicable) GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C on all general studies, professional, and  content-area course work.
3.   Hold a valid North Carolina Teaching License.
4.   Meet with the academic Program Coordinator to determine your plan of study who will review your transcripts, course work, work experience, work products, etc. Please consult with the Program Coordinator regarding any state-mandated testing requirements (Praxis and/or Pearson Tests).
5. Candidates will be required to take courses for the applicable add-on licensure program (at a minimum) as indicated below under the appropriate program.

Add-On Licensure Programs:

Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG)
ED 252      Introduction to Gifted Education
ED 320      Multi-Sensory Methods and Models of Gifted Education
ED 436      Assessment and Trends in Gifted Education
ED 452      Curriculum Differentiation for the Gifted

English as a Second Language (ESL)
ED 332     Structure and Usage of English
ENG 333  Grammar and Linguistics for Teaching ESL
ENG 334  Second Language and Literacy Development
ED 360     Issues in Teaching English as a Second Language in Public Schools
ED 365     Socio-cultural Foundations of Education
ED 419    Teaching of English as a Second Language in K-12th Classroom

Reading Specialist
ENG 334 Second Language and Literacy Development
ED 440    Advanced Strategies for Literacy Acquisition and Development
ED 441    Comprehensive Strategies for Teaching Content-Based Literacy
ED 443    Conceptual and Historical Foundations of Reading
ED 444    Reading Assessment and Intervention
ED 455   Teaching Students with Persistent Reading Problems

Special Education
ED 251   Introduction to Special Education
ED 329   Motor, Communication, and Sensory Deficits
ED 348   Students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
ED 432   Specialized Instruction and Collaboration
ED 435   Assessment Methods, Use and Interpretation
ED 450   Advanced Methods of Mathematics
ED 451   Academic and Environmental Classroom Planning
ED 455   Teaching Students with Persistent Reading Problems