Add-on Licensure
Birth-Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten

Program Description


The program is committed to preparing early childhood professionals with skills to teach infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners with and without disabilities and coordinate community based, inclusive services for young children and their families.

Students interested in the Pre-K license only enroll in course work related to preschool and kindergarten aged children (ages 3 to 5) and their families.

Program strengths include a strong family centered, inclusive, and interdisciplinary conceptual base. All coursework and field experiences incorporate the above dimensions.

A student’s course of study is determined with an advisor based on experience, both academic and professional. Click here for general course requirements. Upon admission into the program, the student meets with a program advisor to determine their individual course of study.

Courses are offered in a combination of online and face to face instruction after school hours, usually from about 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and during the summer. The program can be completed in 1-2 academic years depending on individual students’ course needs based on a review of their transcripts. All courses are taught with a strong applied base with experienced early childhood professionals and parents assisting UNC-CH faculty with course instruction.

License Description

Birth-Kindergarten License

In North Carolina, the B-K Add-on license gives the individual teaching credentials to teach infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners with and without developmental disabilities. It is an inclusive teacher licensure with a focus on children with developmental delays as well as children who are typically developing.

Individuals employed by the public schools are required to have a B-K or a Pre-K licensure in order to teach in public school supported preschools or kindergartens. Also, individuals employed by many Head Start and infant/toddler programs or other programs contracted to provide services to very young children and their families are required to have their B-K licensure. Individuals must hold a clear NC teaching license to add-on the Birth-Kindergarten area.

Pre-K License

The Pre-K Add-on license is a license for individuals who wish to teach Preschool ONLY and not infants and toddlers. The guidelines and competencies for this licensure are based on the previously approved guidelines and competencies for the B-K licensure related to preschool and kindergarten aged children and their families. Individuals eligible for enrollment in a Pre-K licensure only program must have a current teaching license in elementary education, special education, or family and consumer sciences.


The School of Education offers two add on licensure tracks focused on young children, Birth through Kindergarten and Preschool. Prerequisites for admission into the Add-on Licensure programs include a current N.C teaching license in another area and experience with young children.

Who Qualifies for the UNC-CH Program?

An individual may be admitted to the B-K Add-on licensure if they hold a Bachelor’s degree and licensure (either A or M level) in a related teaching area. Examples include Preschool Handicapped, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education. Individuals who do not hold a teaching licensure in a related area must first earn and clear an initial license in a related field to then add on the B-K license.

Individuals are eligible for a Pre-K Add-on license if they currently hold a teaching license (either A or M level) in elementary education, special education or family and consumer sciences.

Required application materials:
  • A current NC Teaching license (copy);
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Personal Statement (professional background and rationale for obtaining an Add On Licensure;
  • Resume; and
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (GPA 3.0 Preferred; 2.75 Minimum)

Click here for full application instructions.

Applications for the Summer I 2019 Admission Term are due
June 11, 2019