What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • Students who complete the Graduate Certificate have the option to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching and qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Educator’s License in Special Education. During Phase II, candidates will continue to develop teaching skills and insights as they apply what they learn to classroom situations. Candidates will also develop skills in research and leadership through courses in research, advanced classroom management, and consultation and collaboration. Students complete individual master’s projects as part of the requirements.

Required Courses for Adapted (21 credit hours)

  • SPED 5173 - Diagnostic Assessment (3)
  • SPED 5274 - General Curriculum Access and Adaptations (3)
  • SPED 5300 - Lifespan Development for Exceptional Individuals (3)
  • SPED 5370 - Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Support (3)
  • SPED 5380 - Multiple Disabilities and Systematic Instruction (3)
  • SPED 5400 - Practicum: Integrated Instructional Applications in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 6476 - Internship/Seminar: Special Education K-12 - Adapted Curriculum (3 to 6)

Note about course delivery: Courses are delivered online both synchronously and asynchronously.

Internship Information

  • An internship is required for Graduate Certificate students. The graduate-level internship is the culminating experience of the Graduate Certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s 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.  This internship can be done in a student’s place of employment or the University can find placement for the student.  Residency teachers and teacher assistants must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the internship experience and licensure requirements. This contact should take place at least one semester before the internship.

Note about the Graduate Certificate in Teaching

  • 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.