Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate is a 18 credit hour program designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to teach English as a Second Language in K-12 settings.  Completion of the Graduate Certificate leads to the initial Standard Professional I teaching license in Teaching English as a Second Language. 

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Career changers and those with a Bachelor’s degree who are interested in obtaining a North Carolina teaching license in Teaching English as a Second Language.

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • The program is built on social justice principles, with equity and advocacy at the center. The program draws on the most current research in linguistics, second language acquisition, curriculum design, and teaching methodologies.

The program culiminates with a semester of student teaching, which is a full-time internship requiring employment as an English as a Second Language teacher in an approved school or a non-paid placement with a licensed ESL teacher in a public school. It requires application and approval during the semester prior to the internship which current teachers may complete in their own classrooms.

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