What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • Upon successful completion of the Phase I/Graduate Certificate, students will be recommended for the North Carolina initial Standard Professional I teaching license. For this license, students are required to complete an electronic licensure portfolio that is created during coursework and student teaching.
  • Upon completion of Phase I and formal acceptance into the M.A.T. program by the Graduate School, qualified candidates may continue into Phase II to complete the remaining requirements for the Master's degree and qualify for the advanced Standard Professional II teaching license.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

  • MDSK 6162 Planning for K-12 Instruction
  • MDSK 6162L Lab in Instructional Design**
  • TESL 5103 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TESL 5104 Authentic Assessment**
  • Choose one of the following options
    • TESL 6204 Multicultural Education
    • TESL 5204 Inclusive Classrooms for Immigrant Students
  • Select one of the following:
    • TESL 5205 Second Language Acquisition in K-12 Schools
    • ENGL 6163 Understanding Language Learning: Mind, Identity, and the Sociocultural World 

Internship/Student Teaching (3 credit hours)

  • TESL 6470 Internship in Teaching English as a Second Language*

* The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience of the Graduate Certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  Students are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time, semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and university faculty.  Lateral entry teachers and teacher assistants must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the student teaching/internship experience and licensure requirements.  This contact should take place at least one semester before student teaching.

**Clinical Experiences
UNC Charlotte's Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree and meets the  Educator Preparation Program (EPP) enrollment requirement for candidates seeking Residency Licensure. Course instruction is delivered 100% online using Canvas and, in most concentrations, is paired with clinical labs that meet on UNC Charlotte's campus or at school sites in the Charlotte area. Lab courses have an 'L' designation on the plans of study available on the program site. Please contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure at 704-687-8725 with questions about course format.