Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Foreign Language Education (16-17 hours) is a distance education program which combines web-based instruction and face-to-face clinical experiences. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Initial Standard Professional I (SP1) teaching license.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Students interested in licensure tracks for less commonly taught languages in North Carolina for which UNC Charlotte does not offer advanced content courses. The program will serve aspiring teachers with an undergraduate degree seeking licensure in one of the following languages:

French(K-12)

Spanish(K-12)

German(K-12)

Japanese(K-12)*

Arabic(K-12)*

Chinese(K-12)

Russian(K-12)*

Cherokee(K-12)*

Ancient Greek(K-12)*

Modern Greek(K-12)*

Hebrew(K-12)*

Hindi(K-12)*

Italian(K-12)*

Korean(K-12)*

Latin(K-12)*

Portuguese(K-12)*

Swahili(K-12)*

Turkish(K-12)*

*Due to limited availability of internship sites, candidates seeking licensure in these less commonly taught languages must be residency teachers and complete the internship in their own classroom.

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • Students complete a variety of clinical experiences in diverse settings, so they are prepared to teach in rural, urban or suburban schools. During these experiences, students apply research and/or evidence-based practices gained in coursework, analyze PK-12 student learning, and develop the ability to impact learners in a positive way.
  • A three semester-hour internship is required for graduate certificate students.  This internship is the culminating experience of the certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Educator’s License.  Students are assigned to a classroom for a full-time semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and university faculty. Practicing foreign language teachers may complete their internship in their own classroom.