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

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Foreign language teachers occupy a unique and increasingly important position in the U.S. educational system. If you choose this career path, it’s likely you’re doing it out of your own passion for the language and culture of the people who speak it. Our program will prepare you to be a teacher who makes languages engaging for students and who can inspire and lead change.  

We offer licensure tracks in Arabic*, Cherokee*, Chinese, French, German, Greek (Ancient or Modern)*, Hebrew*, Hindi*, Italian*, Japanese, Korean*, Latin*, Portuguese*, Swahili*, Turkish* and Spanish.

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

The Graduate Certificate in Foreign Language Education  (16-17 credit hours) is a primarily online program which combines web-based courses with approximately three face-to-face meetings a semester. Graduates are eligible for the North Carolina Initial Standard Professional I (SP1) teaching license.

The Certificate is designed for those with a bachelor's degree and one of the following requirements:  1) a major in the intended language of licensure; 2) the equivalent of a major in the intended language of licensure by completion of 24 credit hours of instruction in the foreign language; or 3) a native speaker of the foreign language with a passing score on the PRAXIS II Exam. (Note: Students must be geographically located in the State of North Carolina)

Students who complete the graduate certificate have the option of pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching in Foreign Language Education, which leads to the advanced “M” teaching license. Coursework focuses on teacher leadership, advanced methodology, and research methods. Hours earned in the certificate program may be applied to the M.A.T.

Why Choose Our Program?

Cost Effective

Complete our streamlined certificate in Foreign Language Education at a reduced rate

Flexible Study

Classes are offered 100% online, courses are self-paced and/or self-directed, and students can choose to do the program on a full-time basis or a part-time basis

Licensure to Teach K-12

The graduate certificate will allow candidates to obtain a North Carolina state teaching license to teach grades K-12.

Academic Excellence

UNC Charlotte has a strong reputation for academic excellence and is a leader in the field of Foreign Language education

Strong Network

Curriculum supports residency teachers in North Carolina school districts who must enroll in a teacher preparation program while teaching

Graduate Employability

Our graduates are highly competitive securing employment in school districts as teachers in North Carolina and across the country.

Student Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • The Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) is an information and student success resource for current and potential teacher candidates. Their staff provides a variety of services such as information on (and preparation resources for) testing required for program admission and teacher licensure, verification of program completion for teacher licensure, guidance surrounding the teacher licensure application process, and information on campus resources and scholarships/loans for education students.
  • The Office of School and Community Partnerships provides support services to our students for school-based clinical experiences and during yearlong internships and student teaching.  Field experiences – observing, interacting with, and teaching children and youth – are a critical part of all teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte.

Student Successes

A 2015 M.A.T. graduate, Rosalyn Rhodes, is currently teaching Spanish in a private school in the Charlotte Area.  Rosalyn was named the K-12 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 2015 in the state of North Carolina. Her session presentation at FLANC was voted the “Best of FLANC” from over 100 other sessions.  Rosalyn also came in second place for the 2016 Teacher of the Year from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), an organization representing fourteen states in the southeast.

Learn from Award-Winning Faculty

Our professors have been recognized repeatedly for their teaching, research and student mentoring. They have garnered several prestigious awards, including the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the North Carolina Foreign Language Teacher of the Year (Higher Education) from the Foreign Language Association of N.C., the College of Education Award for Excellence in Research and the Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Educator of Excellence Award from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching. In addition, faculty have repeatedly won recognition for the top presentations at the annual Foreign Language Association of N.C. conference.

Our faculty demonstrates an expert knowledge of their discipline through current research, professional presentations and consulting with public and private schools. Faculty members have authored articles appearing in top-tier journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Canadian Modern Language Review, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Modern Language Journal.  

Do you want to be the foreign language teacher who can inspire and lead change? If so, click here to learn more about the requirements for the graduate certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching Program, graduate student financial aid and the graduate application process


Academic Department

Dr. Kristin Davin
Program Director
Phone: 704-687-7664


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