Frequently Asked Questions

Can I meet with someone to discuss the program?
Yes! Contact Josh Avery (704-687-8727 or jdavery@uncc.edu) or Bethany Myers (704-687-7353 or bddawkin@uncc.edu) to make an appointment.

Should I pursue a teaching license through a second bachelor’s degree instead?
No. Pursuing licensure through a second bachelor’s degree often takes substantially longer than doing so through the Graduate Certificate in Teaching. Also, undergraduate courses are typically offered during the day instead of in the evening or online.

Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree before being admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching?
Yes. Candidates must have a four-year degree from an accredited institution. Some concentrations require a specific major or 21 hours of background coursework. See the concentration planning sheets for more details.

What is the difference between the Graduate Certificate in Teaching/M.A.T. and a traditional M.Ed. or M.A.?
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is an initial licensure program. Students who complete the certificate may apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and count their certificate coursework towards completion of the degree. Graduates from the M.A.T. will be eligible for advanced, M-level licensure. Traditional M.Ed. or M.A. programs are designed for teachers who are already fully licensed and wish to directly pursue advanced, M-level licensure.  

How long does the program take?
The length of time for completion varies with the number of courses needed for each program, though most students complete their program in two years or less. Please work closely with your advisor to plan out your schedule of courses and to determine the time frame that works best for you.

Is there a time limit to the program?
Graduate Certificate in Teaching requirements must be completed within four years of your first course.  The M.A.T. requirements must be completed within a six years of beginning your first course in the certificate.

How much will the program cost?
Tuition varies depending on the number of hours taken and the format of the course (e.g. online or face-to-face). Up-to-date pricing information is available here: https://finance.uncc.edu/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees.

Is there a required internship?
Yes. All students will complete a full-time, semester-long internship. The Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP) will facilitate your placement. If you are a lateral entry teacher, you will probably complete this internship in your own classroom. If you are a full-time teacher assistant, you may be able to complete this internship in your current position. Contact OSCP (704-687-8812 or oscp-coed@uncc.edu) to confirm.

Q: Can I complete my internship in any state? 
A: No. Required internships and other clinical experiences must be completed in North Carolina P-12 schools. This applies to both distance education and on-campus concentrations of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching. 

I’m a lateral entry teacher completing a RALC plan of study. Can I take courses in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching?
Lateral entry teachers clearing their license through RALC should apply as “Post-Baccalaureate – Regional Alternative Licensing Center” students and submit their RALC plan of study with their application. Once admitted, you will work with Mr. Josh Avery (704-687-8727 or jdavery@uncc.edu) in TEAL to register for courses. If you plan to clear your license through the Graduate Certificate in Teaching, even if you have a RALC plan of study, you must apply directly to the program.

I do not have a relevant degree and have not completed the required background courses. Can I still be admitted while I work on them?
Candidates cannot be admitted without a relevant degree or background courses to concentrations in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching that require them. However, an advisor in TEAL can work with you to identify any deficiencies that exist and find courses that will satisfy missing requirements.

Where do I send my official transcripts for the application?
Unopened official transcripts can be sent to the UNC Charlotte Graduate School Admissions Office at Cato Hall, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28223. Transcripts are also accepted electronically at gradcounselor@uncc.edu.

Do I need Praxis Core before beginning the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program?
No. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree are not required to take the Praxis Core before being admitted to a teacher education program.

How do I know if I have been accepted to the program?
All applicants will receive an official decision letter via email when one has been reached. Decisions are typically made on applications 4-6 weeks after all components have been submitted and the application becomes ready to review.

Can I defer my admission?
If you are admitted for a summer session, you can defer your admission until the fall.  If you are admitted to a fall or spring term and need to change your start date, you will need to submit a new application.

I’ve been admitted. Now what?
Your admission letter lists your faculty advisor at the bottom. Contact that advisor for assistance with registering for courses. Planning sheets are available here.