Accelerated Bachelors and Licensure in Education Programs

  • Overview
  • BA + Licensure Programs
  • Residency
  • Faculty
  • Accelerated:

    7 and 14 week classes

    Class Options:

    On-Campus, Online, and Hybrid


    Highly flexible and supportive faculty

    “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

    Designed for Instructional Assistants and Working Adults

    • Online classes and evening classes at our campus in Downtown Raleigh.
    • Instructional Assistants may complete practicum and student teaching in their schools and maintain full employment.
    • If you do not work in a school, WPU’s Field Placement Coordinator will arrange field experiences in K-12 classrooms for you.
    • WPU faculty are flexible and available to support you throughout the program.

    The WPU EDU Program offers:

    • Accelerated programs, earn your license in as little as three semesters
    • Flexible, hybrid class schedules + learning options (online, and on-site)
    • Faculty that are experienced K-12 teachers
    • Extensive network of district relationships to facilitate career opportunities

    Licensure: $295/credit hour
    Degree seeking: $350/credit hour


    Calendar of Events

    Learn about the TA to Teaching Accelerated program by attending one of the Virtual Information Sessions. Several dates available for your convenience.

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    More Events

    Adapted Curriculum Licensure now available 100% Online

      • Adapted Curriculum Licensure Only Program
      • Dual Licensure Program
      • Elementary Licensure
      • Bachelor’s Degree with Elementary-Only Licensure

    The Residency License is a North Carolina-specific pathway. Troops to Teachers participants may use residency licensing as one route to a teaching career. Residency licensing allows qualified individuals to begin teaching while completing North Carolina licensure requirements. Four “partners” are involved:

    • the individual,
    • a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP),
    • the Local Education Agency (LEA),
    • and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

    Source: NC DPI

    Students must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the William Peace University Residency Licensure program:

    • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
    • Undergraduate degree of 2.7 or higher
        • If you do not have a 2.7 you may take 6 hours of coursework prior to admittance to the Residency Program to reestablish your GPA
    • Qualifying Academic Major from BA degree OR 24-hours of relevant coursework OR passing scores on the NC State Board of Education required examination(s) in the requested licensure area
    • Full time employment in an approved North Carolina public school (Verification form of employment required)
        • Enroll in the licensure program that matches your residency position

    Program Entry Terms

    • K-6 Elementary
        • Entry Term: Fall and Spring
    • Adapted Curriculum
        • Entry Term: Summer and Spring
    • K-12 Special Education
        • Entry Term: Fall and Spring

    Program Requirements

    • All testing requirements as required by North Carolina State Board of Education must be passed prior to enrolling in EDU 480 Professional Teaching Seminar
    • Must earn a C or better in all courses and maintain a 2.7 GPA
    • Must demonstrate proficiency on the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System from both the principal and the field placement supervisor
    • Professional Teaching cut score as required by NC SBE

    If you meet these requirements, please complete the Residency Verification Form and submit when you Apply to the university.

    Jennifer Russell, WPU professor.
    Jennifer Russell, WPU professor.

    Jennifer Russell, Ed.D

    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education

    Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Russell and her family have been in North Carolina for six years. She has been teaching her entire career, having began as a Chicago Public School teacher, working with elementary students for 12 years. Preparing future teachers is truly her passion and she has had the pleasure of doing that for the last 11 years. She and her husband, as well as their two boys, reside in Clayton, NC. Her favorite hobby is painting. She also enjoys eating at the local Italian spot, Vivace


    • BA Elementary Education, Saint Xavier College
    • MA Teaching and Leadership, Saint Xavier College
    • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Aurora University

    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.

    Amanda Bock, Ph.D.

    ​Assistant Professor of Special Education

    Dr. Bock grew up in Cary, NC. Prior to joining the faculty at WPU, she taught special education in a rural school district in Georgia. She currently resides in Chapel Hill and loves to read, learn, and go on adventures with her children. She’s also a pretty big yogi!


    • BA Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • M.Ed. Learning Disabilities, Columbus State University
    • Ph.D. Education, UNC-Chapel Hill

    Robin Vincent, WPU professor.
    Robin Vincent, WPU professor.

    Robin Vincent, M.Ed.

    Assistant Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator

    Professor Vincent is from Farmville, VA and came to Raleigh to attend Meredith College. She began her teaching career 26 years ago teaching in the Wake County Public School System. She has spent the past 16 years in higher education as an instructor, supervisor of student-teachers, and field placement coordinator. She has three daughters ranging from ages 12 to 16. She and her husband love to dream about winning the lottery and having a home in the mountains, as well as the beach….and a driver to get them there!


    • BA Education, Meredith College



    +Application process

    Admission Criteria

    Licensure and Residency ONLY:

    GPA of 2.0 or higher to be admitted into School of Professional Studies (SPS)
    Already hold a 4-year BA/BS degree
    Fully completed and submitted application found here.
    Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.

    BA Degree Seeking:

    GPA of 2.0 or higher to be admitted into School of Professional Studies (SPS)
    Fully completed and submitted application found here.
    Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.

    Requirements after Admissions:

    Submit one-time $50 payment to be applied to 1st semester tuition

    Program Requirements:

    Maintain 2.7 GPA or higher
    Earn a C or better in all EDU coursework
    Formally apply to the EDU program prior to enrolling in 400-level courses

    +Transfer Credit Information

    Transfer Criteria

    • Transfer courses require a grade of a “C-” or better to transfer
    • Student may transfer up to 90 credit hours
    • No expiration time on transferred courses
    • Students may also need to take liberal ed courses at WPU
    Licensure ONLY:

    Students in the program will have a personalized learning plan. Students will take a minimum of 30 hours to complete the licensure-only track. The WPU Education Department will review prior coursework to determine the plan of study recommended for each student seeking licensure. The plan of study will be based on prior coursework, current employment, and other experiences.

    BA Degree seeking (this is NOT for Residency):

    Students seeking a B.A. degree are required to complete 120 credit hours to include the WPU liberal education core. Course pre-requisites do not apply to Licensure ONLY students.

    +Tuition and Financial Aid

    Tuition, Fees, and Financial aid

    What are the costs?
    • Tuition is $350 per credit hour for degree seeking students, $295 per credit hour for licensure only students.
    • The application fee is waived for our School of Professional Studies (SPS) students.
    • There is a $45 comprehensive fee per semester.
    • Textbooks may be purchased (or rented at discounted rates) at the WPU Bookstore.
    Interested in Financial Aid?

    Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    For degree seeking students, you may apply for financial aid and utilize Pell grants, loans or external scholarships.

    For licensure only students your financial aid options include loans and external scholarships.

    "Students in the WPU EDU Department learn in classrooms that model high impact practices and have the opportunity to practice strategies in a diverse class and receive feedback from WPU Faculty and North Carolina Educators."

    Robin Vincent

    Assistant Professor

    Mission, Vision and Values

    The Mission of the Education Department is to cultivate effective leaders ready to lead active roles as leaders, collaborators, facilitators, and learners.

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