Piedmont Alternative Licensure

PAL (Piedmont Alternative Licensure) Program

PAL is an accelerated program leading to licensure in one of these areas:

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • K-12: Art, Music, Physical Education, Theatre
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Secondary Grades: English, Math, Social Studies
  • Special Education: Adapted or General

What is the Piedmont Alternative Licensure Program?

The PAL program provides an accelerated professional education sequence necessary for lateral entry candidates to be initially licensed. Students take an intensive five weeks of five classes in the summer, a methods course in the fall, and a clinical practicum in the spring. Some students take additional education courses outside of the PAL core to complete their licensure requirements as well.

 

Am I eligible?

An eligible candidate:

  • receives preference if he/she is employed as a school teacher in an N.C. public or SACS-accredited institution.
  • has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has completed a major or concentration in an area that matches employment or intended employment.
  • has at least a 2.7 GPA on all college/university work, or has met N.C. Department of Public Instruction lateral-entry employment requirements.
  • takes and satisfies the PRAXIS criteria in reading, writing, and mathematics if required for lateral-entry employment or if GPA is below 2.7

How does the PAL candidate obtain a license?

A PAL candidate is eligible for licensure recommendation after she/he has:

  • been admitted to the Greensboro College Teacher Education Program as a PAL candidate.
  • completed successfully the sequential PAL Program courses.
  • taken and satisfied the Specialty Area PRAXIS exams.
  • satisfied the student-teaching and technology requirements through employment or coursework.

How do I apply?

  • Apply online here:  https://tinyurl.com/GCPALapp
  • A completed application includes official transcripts from all degree-awarding institutions

For further information about the PAL Program, contact:

Rebecca F. Blomgren, Ph.D., Professor of Education and dean, School of Social Sciences and Education
336-272-7102, ext. 5262
blomgrenr@greensboro.edu

PAL (Piedmont Alternative Licensure) Program:

* Birth – Kindergarten

What is the Piedmont Alternative Licensure Program?

The PAL Program is an accelerated teacher licensure program. The PAL Program for Birth-Kindergarten Teachers is a 6 course, 17 semester hour sequence (summer semester courses and spring clinical practicum) designed exclusively and especially for teachers already teaching in publicly funded preschool or early intervention programs.

Am I eligible?

An eligible candidate

  • is employed as a teacher in a publicly funded preschool or early intervention program
  • has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • has at least a 2.5 GPA on all college/university work

How much does the PAL Program cost?

  • PAL is currently offered at a reduced rate of $235 per credit hour.
  • Additional courses needed beyond the 17 credit-hour PAL courses (any without a PAL prefix) will be assessed at the current adult-education rate of $325 per credit hour, plus a $50 fee.
  • Individual payment plans may be arranged through the Greensboro College Business Office. Financial Aid may also be available through the Greensboro College Financial Aid Office.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. The TEACH Birth-Kindergarten scholarship may pay up to 80% of tuition and fees for qualified students. Contact Mildryann Hatten at 919-967-3272 for more information.

Financial Aid may also be available.; Contact the Greensboro College Financial Aid Office.

How does the PAL candidate obtain a license?

A PAL candidate is eligible for licensure recommendation after she/he has:

  • been admitted to the Greensboro College Teacher Education Program as a PAL candidate.
  • successfully completed the sequential PAL Program courses.
  • satisfied the student teaching and technology requirements through employment in a state-funded preschool or early intervention program

How do I apply?

Download, fill out and submit this application. Also, download this form and ask a reference to fill it out and return it, following the instructions on the form.

Course of Study

Summer Semester:

PAL 4500—Infant and Toddler Development, Planning and Methods (3 credit hours)

PAL 4700—Language and Literacy Development in Young Children (3 credit hours)

PAL 4900—Technology and Assessment in Early Childhood (3 credit hours)

PAL 4600—Social and Emotional Development and Guidance of Behavior in Young Children (3 credit hours)

PAL 4800—Serving Young Children with Disabilities (3 credit hours)

Fall semester:

BKE 3740/3741—Curriculum and Methods for Preschool and Kindergarten & Fieldwork (4 credit hours) (This course is not included in the PAL tuition and will be billed at the Professional & Graduate Studies rate of $310/credit hour.)

Spring semester:

PAL 4980—Clinical Practicum (2 credit hours)

Usually offered every semester:

EDU 2100 — 21st Century Schools (2 credit hours) (This course is not included in the PAL tuition and will be billed at the Professional & Graduate Studies rate of $400/credit hour.) PAL participants form a close-knit cadre during the intensive summer programs. During the following teaching year, participants have access to a professional liaison. Candidates not employed as lead teachers also will complete field work for 1 credit.

Piedmont Alternative Licensure (PAL) Program: Special Education/Adapted Curriculum

What is the Piedmont Alternative Licensure Program?

The PAL Program is an accelerated teacher-licensure program. The PAL Program for Special Education-Adapted is a six-course, 20 semester-hour sequence (summer semester courses and spring clinical practicum) designed for teachers already teaching in public schools. Post-bac candidate not currently employed as teachers are welcome to apply.
Am I eligible?

An eligible candidate:

Is employed as a teacher in a public school.
has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has completed a major or concentration in an area that matches employment or intended employment.
has at least a 2.5 GPA on all college/university work, or has met NCDPI lateral-entry requirements.
has taken and satisfied the Core Academic Skills for Educators in reading, writing and mathematics if required for lateral entry.

Although currently employed lateral-entry teachers will receive priority for acceptance into PAL, non-teaching candidates may apply to the Adapted PAL program if they have a cumulative 2.5 grade-point average in their undergraduate degree. They will be required to take other professional studies courses in addition to the Adapted PAL program if they are not employed within a year of completing the summer PAL courses and intend to student teach, after finishing all Adapted PAL and prescribed coursework.
How much does the PAL Program cost?

PAL is currently offered at a reduced rate of $235 per credit hour.
Additional courses needed beyond the 20 credit-hour PAL courses (any without a PAL prefix) will be assessed at the current adult-education rate of $325 per credit hour, plus a $35 application fee.
Individual payment plans may be arranged through the Greensboro College Business Office. Financial aid also may be available through the Greensboro College Financial Aid Office.

How does the PAL candidate obtain a license?

A PAL candidate is eligible for licensure recommendation after she/he has:

been admitted to the Greensboro College Teacher Education Program as a PAL candidate.
successfully completed the sequential PAL Program courses.
satisfied the student teaching/clinical practicum.

How do I apply?

Download, fill out and submit this application. Also, download this form and ask a reference to fill it out and return it, following the instructions on the form.
Course of Study

Usually offered every semester:

EDU 2100 — 21st Century Schools (2 credit hours) (This course is not included in the PAL tuition and will be billed at the Professional & Graduate Studies rate of $325/credit hour). Candidates not employed as lead teachers also will complete field work for 1 credit.

EDU 3100-Intro to Technology, Planning and Assessment- (post-bac candidates NOT employed as teachers) (4 credit hours) (This course is not included in the PAL tuition and will be billed at the Professional & Graduate Studies rate of $325/credit hour).

*Summer Semester:

PAL 3000/3001- Individuals with Low-Incidence Disabilities & Fieldwork- (this fieldwork will not be required if employed as an adapted teacher) (4 credit hours)

PAL 3100- Educational Assessment and Behavioral Interventions for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities (3 credit hours)

PAL 3200- Medical and Health Management of Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities (3 credit hours)

PAL 3300-Assistive Technology in Special Education (3 credit hours)

PAL 3400-Transitions, Life Skills and Career Options (3 credit hours)

Fall semester:

SPE 3770/3771—Emergent Literacy Methods and Assessment & Fieldwork (4 credit hours) (This course is not included in the PAL tuition and will be billed at the Professional & Graduate Studies rate of $325/credit hour.)

Spring semester:

PAL 4930-Practicum Seminar (2 credit hours)

PAL 4980—Clinical Practicum (classroom teachers) (2 credit hours) OR

EDU 4930-Student Teaching Seminar

EDU4990- Student Teaching (post-bac candidates NOT employed as teachers) (8 credit hours)

*Tuition for PAL courses is $235 per credit hours unless otherwise noted.

The PAL program in Special Education/Adapted Curriculum is an accelerated program leading to licensure in special education/adapted curriculum