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 and the Education Department.

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. Consult with the Education Department for information regarding admission, course prerequisites, and student teaching requirements, if applicable, for the “add-on” program.

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 ESL in Public Schools
ED 365 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education
ED 419 Teaching of English as a Second Language in K-12 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