Admission Requirements/Deadlines

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching must meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.75; an overall GPA of 2.7 of higher will be considered with very strong recommendations*
  • For Middle Grades, Secondary, Foreign Language, and CTE concentrations, one of the following:
    • A relevant undergraduate degree (see planning sheets)
    • 21 hours of background coursework (see planning sheets)**
    • Passing scores on exams required for NC licensure. Note: Secondary applicants only need passing scores on the relevant content Praxis Subject Exam prior to program admission.
    • As authorized in LICN-001, the background content requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 AY only for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching for applicants currently employed as teachers who are seeking Residency Licensure. Proof of employment is required through a Form RL signed by your employing district prior to admission. Applicants admitted without background content requirements must satisfy them through either 24 relevant credit hours or SBE-approved licensure exams before renewing their residency license for the 2021-2022 AY.
  • For Foreign Language (except Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) concentrations:
    • Full-time employment as a teacher in the program content area
  • Completed application with the Graduate School, including:
    • Three online recommendations
    • A satisfactory statement of purpose
    • Signed Commitment to Disposition form
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended during or after high school
    • Satisfactory results from a criminal background check

*Applicants with an overall GPA below 2.7 can pursue admission through GPA forgiveness.

**It is strongly recommended that you contact Mr. Josh Avery (jdavery@uncc.edu, 704-687-8727) to have your background coursework reviewed prior to submitting an application with the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to https://mygradschool.uncc.edu/ to allow time to register before class begins. Applications must be completed (i.e., all required documents submitted) by the following deadlines:

Art Education
Fall Admission: April 15th

All Other Concentrations
Fall Admission: August 15th
Spring Admission: January 1st
Summer I Admission: May 15th
Summer II Admission: June 15th

Available Start Terms


Fall, Spring, and Summer: CTE, ESL, Foreign Language, Middle and Secondary, Special Education
Fall and Spring only: B-K, Elementary Education
Fall only: Art

Questions?

Please contact:

  • Mr. Josh Avery (jdavery@uncc.edu, 704-687-8727) for questions about B-K, CTE, Foreign Language, Middle, Secondary, and TESL programs
  • Ms. Liz Adkisson (ecsmith@uncc.edu, 704-687-8882) for questions about Elementary Education and Special Education programs
  • Ms. Tesh Ramey (hramey@uncc.edu, 704-687-8182) for questions about the Arts Education program
  • Dr. Brad Smith (bradleysmith@uncc.edu, 704-687-8815) or Ms. Shanique Lee (shanique.lee@uncc.edu, 704-687-8996) for general inquiries