Graduate Certificate/M.A.T. in Foreign Language Education

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Foreign Language Education (French, German, or Spanish) program is designed for individuals with a Bachelor's degree and one of the following requirements:  1) a major in French, German, or Spanish; 2) the equivalent of a major in French, German, or Spanish via the completion of 24 credit hours of instruction in the foreign language (note: at least two courses must have been taken at the 4000 level); or 3) a native speaker of the foreign language and obtain passing scores on the corresponding Praxis Subject Assessment.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License.The Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Foreign Language Education (French, German, or Spanish) is a 21 credit hour program.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina initial Standard Professional I teaching license.  All courses for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching must be completed within four years. 

The required courses for the Graduate Certificate are identical to Phase I of the M.A.T.  Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, qualified students have the option of continuing into Phase II to complete the M.A.T.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate is separate and distinct from admission to a graduate degree program and not an indication of automatic admission to the M.A.T. degree program.  For more information on this option, refer to the M.A.T. in Foreign Language Education.

To see program planning sheets, refer to the links at the bottom of this page.   For more information on the Graduate Certificate Program, please or contact Bethany Myers in the Education Recruitment office at 704-687-7353 or bddawkin@uncc.edu.  You may also contact Dr. Scott Kissau (spkissau@uncc.edu) or Dr. Adam Myers (amyers35@uncc.edu).

For application materials, please visit gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School
Please refer to admission information in the “Graduate School” section of the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Teaching Programs

1.     An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution

2.     A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75  (For alternative ways to demonstrate
academic competence, applicants may contact the Office of Teacher 
Education Advising and Licensure, at 704-687-8725
or trecruitment@uncc.edu).

3.     Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s 
interaction with children or youth

4.     A statement of purpose

5.     A clear criminal background check

Apply online at gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

Admission to Candidacy
The Candidacy form supplied by the Graduate School must be received no later than the eighth instructional day of the semester in which completion of all degree requirements is expected. 

Application for Degree
The Application for Degree/Graduation form supplied by the Graduate School must be received early in the last semester of the student’s program.

Internship
A three-hour 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 a placement for the student.  Lateral entry teachers and teacher assistants must contact the Office of Field Experiences 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.

Clinical Field Experiences
Most courses require students to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in public school settings.  These experiences broaden their ability to help all students learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups.  During clinical experiences, students apply research and/or evidence-based practices gained in coursework, analyze P-12 student learning, and develop the ability to positively impact all learners.  All students are expected to complete clinical experiences in at least two significantly different settings.

Candidates who are lateral entry teachers and teacher assistants must move beyond their own classrooms and schools for at least two clinical experiences.  Alternative settings must be approved by the instructor and may include schools on different schedules, after-school and summer programs, Saturday programs, and private and charter schools.  A limited number of clinical experiences may be approved in significantly different classrooms within their school of employment.  Employed candidates are encouraged to seek assistance and support from their administrators.

Advising
All students are assigned an advisor upon formal admission to the program.  Students should consult with their advisor at least once each semester. 

Licensure
Upon successful completion of the Phase I/Graduate Certificate, students are recommended for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License. For this license, students are required to complete an electronic licensure portfolio that is created during coursework and the internship.  Students apply for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in the TEAL Office.

Financial Aid/Financial Assistance
Information is available from the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure located in Room 119, College of Education (704-687-8725).  See tealr.uncc.edu for details. Additional information is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at finaid.uncc.edu.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  All programs have been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.