Secondary Teacher License (9-12)

The Secondary Teacher Preparation Program earns undergraduates a teaching license from North Carolina, and a Minor in Education from Duke. This license is now reciprocal with all 50 states. Duke students may seek licensure in one of four areas: Secondary (9-12) English, Secondary (9-12) Math, Secondary (9-12) General Social Studies or Secondary (9-12) General Science. Interested undergraduate students may apply to the program beginning in the sophomore year.

Application Instructions

Requirements – 7 Courses

In addition to the courses needed to fulfill your major, you must take the following:

  • EDUC 101: Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (taken prior to junior spring semester)
  • EDUC 240: Educational Psychology (taken prior to junior spring semester)
  • One additional course in Psychology (e.g. Developmental)
  • EDUC 495: Teaching High School
  • EDUC 496S: Secondary School Issues: Pedagogy, Culture, and Methods 
  • EDUC 497S: Reflective Practice and School Leadership 
  • EDUC 498: Secondary Education Internship (student teaching; counts for 2 course credits)

The Student Teaching Internship is a valuable part of our program. It provides an abundance of support, but also the opportunity to experiment and hone your skills as an educator under the guidance of many supportive mentors. 

Content Area Requirements

NOTE: To be eligible for a NC Teaching License in secondary education, you must also have taken at least 24 hours (6 course credits) in English, Social Studies, Math, and/or Science. View the requirements and sequence of STPP courses for each subject area here: 

English STPP Requirements

Math STPP Requirements

Social Studies STPP Requirements

Science STPP Requirements


Continuing Studies Scholarship

If you are an upperclassman, it is not too late to complete the program. There is an opportunity for any Duke alumni to complete the requirements to earn a professional teaching license. Please consider applying as a Continuing Studies Scholar in order to further your goals of becoming an effective educator for our youth. Reach out to Morgan Carney-Thompson at for more information.