Post-Baccalaureate Programs in North Carolina

Accounting

Program Description

The post-baccalaureate program in accounting provides a coherent, individualized course of study for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to complete the coursework necessary to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Faculty in the accounting department provide one-on-one advising, based on a student’s previous education, to select additional courses that will best prepare the student for the CPA exam.

To sit for the CPA exam in North Carolina you must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree (any major), and
  • complete at least 30 semester hours of accounting, which may include three semester hours of business law.

There are additional requirements for the CPA licensure, including:

  • passing the exam,
  • completing a minimum of 150 semester hours of college credit,
  • passing an ethics exam or taking an eight hour Continuing Professional Education (CPE) course in ethics, and
  • completing either one year of supervised work experience under a CPA or four years of work experience in accounting.

Your bachelor’s degree does not need to be in accounting; any major is sufficient. There are ten areas required in the 150 hour requirement: communications, computer technology, economics, ethics, finance, humanities and social science, international environment, law, management and statistics.

Financial aid is available to students in the post-baccalaureate accounting program in the form of federal student loans.

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

Application Process

  • Submit an online application .
  • Provide an official college transcript from the college where you received your bachelor's degree. We recommend you also provide transcripts from any other school where you completed accounting courses or a business law course.

For Additional Information

Bill Grubbs

Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Program
336.316.2240
bgrubbs@guilford.edu

Forensic Accounting

Program Description

The post-baccalaureate forensic accounting program provides an individualized course of study for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to complete coursework necessary to earn the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) Credential. The CFE is granted to individuals with a four-year degree who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting. Eligibility is based on a combination of education, professional affiliations and experience. Guilford College offers a variety of courses to assist with the CFE education component.

Once the program is completed, the student is eligible to take the CFE exam through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. However, the certification can only be earned after two years of work experience. It does not matter when the experience was obtained.

Some examples of areas of CFE certification work include fraud prevention, detection and response, internal audit, CPA firms, bankruptcy, IRS or State Department of Revenue, healthcare fraud, etc. This field of work is exciting, creative and a step above a CPA in pay.

Financial aid is available to students in the post-baccalaureate accounting program in the form of federal student loans.

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

Application Process

  • Submit an online application .
  • Provide an official college transcript from the college where you received your bachelor's degree. We recommend you also provide transcripts from any other school where you completed accounting courses or a business law course.

For Additional Information

Garland Granger

Post-Baccalaureate Forensic Accounting Program
336.316.2283
ggranger@guilford.edu

Teacher Licensure

Program Description

This teacher licensure continuing education program in North Carolina is designed for people who currently hold a bachelor’s degree.

In recognition of the growing number of individuals who are interested in changing professions to become teachers, we offer a program which allows adult students to complete requirements for licensure. This continuing education program in North Carolina is designed for people who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. This program can be done by attending during the day or students can complete coursework and fieldwork, except for final internships and student teaching, during evenings over five academic terms (for example, fall/spring/summer/fall/spring). 

Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year, regionally accredited college or university may complete teaching licenses in each of the five licensure tracks. Licensure only students typically complete just the courses listed for an education student’s major; however, additional coursework may be required. For licensure only in secondary or K-12 licensure areas, if the first degree is not in English, history, Spanish or French, the additional coursework may be extensive.

Financial aid is available to students in the teacher licensure program in the form of federal student loans.

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

 

Endorsements

Students who complete an approved North Carolina teacher licensure program (with a highly effective status that includes methods courses and student teaching) in any area can then have their licenses endorsed to teach in additional areas. 

Requirements for endorsements are:

  • Having earned a highly effective teaching license
  • Have a minimum of 24 hours in a content area which is taught in the schools with a grade in each course of a C (no C-s) or above

The endorsement can be added to the initial license at the time of application for the initial license. An endorsement makes the initially licensed candidate eligible to teach in the content area for which they earned 24 hours with a C or above. Endorsements are for teaching at all grade levels, K-12, in the specific endorsement area. For example, if an individual was obtaining an elementary K-6 highly effective licensure and had completed 24 credit hours in history with the grade of C or above, they would qualify for a K-12 history endorsement. This type of endorsement would allow them to teach history content courses in middle and high school. Highly effective licensure can be transferred to another state. However, the endorsement will not transfer out of North Carolina.

Areas of Licensure

  • Elementary education
  • Secondary social sudies
  • Secondary English
  • Comprehensive secondary science education
  • K-12 French
  • K-12 Spanish

Licensure only students are exempt from PRAXIS I if their cumulative grade-point average for their first bachelor’s degree is 2.50 or greater. Guilford’s cumulative grade-point average does not count towards exemption from PRAXIS.

Application Process

  • Submit an online application
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level schools attended

For Additional Information

Julie Burke

Chair, Department of Education Studies
336.316.2192
jburke@guilford.edu