What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • Upon successful completion of Phase 2, students are recommended for the North Carolina advanced Standard Professional II teaching license.  For the advanced license, students are required to complete an advanced electronic licensure portfolio during coursework.
  • Teaching English as a second language is a high-demand area that continues to experience growth in schools across the country.  ESL is also identified as a high needs area in North Carolina as well as many other states.

After completing the graduate certificate, students have the option to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language by taking 12 additional hours, which leads to the “M” license after two years of teaching experience. 

The  M.A.T consists of 12 credit hours for a combined 30 credit hours


Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • MDSK 6260 - Teacher Leadership (3)
  • TESL 6476 - Advanced Pedagogy in Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • TESL 6691 - Seminar in Professional Development (3)
  • or  MDSK 6691 - Seminar in Professional Development (3)

Elective Course (3 credit hours):
Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 6161 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • READ 6204 - Teaching Reading to English Language Learners (3)
  • RSCH 6101 - Research Methods (3)
  • TESL 6206 - Globalization, Communities, and Schools (3)
  • An approved Study Abroad program ***
  • An approved course substitution (3)

**Written approval for any study abroad experiences and/ or elective courses not listed here must be provided in advance by the Graduate Program Director

The capstone experience for the M.A.T. is fulfilled by completing the Comprehensive Electronic Portfolio project. In addition, candidates for the M.A.T. complete an electronic licensure portfolio during coursework that demonstrates their readiness for the advanced Standard Professional II teaching license.