Curriculum

What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • Graduates who complete all program requirements are eligible to apply for a North Carolina Initial Standard Professional I (SP1) teaching license.
  • Students who complete the graduate certificate have the option of pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Grades and Secondary Education, which leads to the advanced “M” teaching license.

Classes are offered 100% online, courses are self-paced, and students complete the program on a part-time basis. The program can be completed in as few as three semesters, culminating in a 15-week student teaching experience after completion of all other course work. Current public school teachers may teach in their own classroom.

Middle Grades Science Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • MDLG 5130 - The Middle Grades Experience (2)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5101 - Assessment of Middle Grades and Secondary School Learners in Science (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 5251 - Teaching Science to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)*
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)

Middle Grades Math Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • MAED 5252 - Teaching Mathematics to Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDLG 5130 - The Middle Grades Experience (2)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5102 - Assessment of Secondary School Learners in Mathematics (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*

Middle Grades Social Studies (16 credit hours)

  • MDLG 5130 - The Middle Grades Experience (2)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5103 - Assessment in Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 5253 - Teaching Social Studies to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*

Middle Grades English Language Arts Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • ENGL 5254 - Teaching English/Communications Skills to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDLG 5130 - The Middle Grades Experience (2)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5104 - Assessment in Teaching K-12 English (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*

Secondary Science Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5101 - Assessment of Middle Grades and Secondary School Learners in Science (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 5251 - Teaching Science to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*
  • SECD 5140 - The Secondary School Experience (2)

Secondary Mathematics Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • MAED 5252 - Teaching Mathematics to Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5102 - Assessment of Secondary School Learners in Mathematics (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*
  • SECD 5140 - The Secondary School Experience (2)

Secondary Social Studies Concentration (16 credit hours)

  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5103 - Assessment in Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 5253 - Teaching Social Studies to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*
  • SECD 5140 - The Secondary School Experience (2)

Secondary English Language Arts Concentration (16 Credit Hours)

  • ENGL 5254 - Teaching English/Communications Skills to Middle and Secondary School Learners (3)
  • MDSK 5100L - Content Pedagogy Lab (1)*
  • MDSK 5104 - Assessment in Teaching K-12 English (2)
  • MDSK 5204 - Equity and Education (2)
  • MDSK 6162 - Planning for K-12 Instruction (2)
  • MDSK 6162L - Instructional Design Lab (1)*
  • SECD 5140 - The Secondary School Experience (2)

Internship/Student Teaching
The graduate-level student teaching/internship is the culminating experience for all concentrations in the Graduate Certificate program, offering candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  Candidates are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time, semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and University faculty. Residency teachers may complete the internship in their own classroom, but 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 upon admission to the program.

  • MDSK 6470 - Graduate Student Teaching and Internship (3 to 6)

*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.