ESL Add-On Licensure Program
Check out the Application Guide below!
The ESL Add-On Licensure program is designed for K-12 teachers with NC initial licensure to be graduate students at UNCG. With Project Ignite, we are able to support licensed teachers to take courses and obtain their ESL licensure. Project Ignite covers the cost of tuition/fees at the NC resident rate. Non NC residents will be responsible for out-of-state tuition/fees. See Spartan Central for tuition rate schedule.
Available fully online with synchronous meetings!
What You’ll Get:
- Coursework that prepares you to work with multilingual learners and obtain ESL add-on licensure.
- 9 graduate-level credit hours
- Fully online option available
- Online courses meet weekday evenings
- Attendance required for online courses
- Optional 6 additional graduate-level credit hours for support with Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) instruction.
- Field-based learning opportunities to prepare you for classroom instruction, interactions with students and families, and engagement in the communities.
- As a graduate student, you will earn credits that could be applied toward other programs, including the Master in Education in TESOL at UNC Greensboro.
Program Advisor: Dr. Jamie Schissel
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- Apply online through the UNCG Graduate School website where you can find additional information
- View our Application Guide below for more information about the ESL Add-On Licensure Program application process.
- Official transcripts from every college and university you have attended are required.
- Three recommendations are required from former professors and employers. These can be completed online or submitted in sealed envelopes.
- A Residency Statement is required for applicants claiming North Carolina residency.
- Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a copy of an updated resume.
No. This information is available to the Graduate School at UNC Greensboro and does not need to be officially requested. Check with the Registrar’s office if you have questions about your academic history with UNC Greensboro.
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree, North Carolina initial licensure for teaching, and documented evidence of having studied a foreign language to apply for the program.
The ESL add-on Licensure Program is designed for teachers seeking K-12 ESL licensure in NC. Teacher candidates are prepared to teach in K-12 ESL classroom settings. The ESL add-on licensure only track requires 3 courses (9 credit hours). For more information, visit here.
The ESL add-on licensure with DL concentration track is designed for teachers with bilingual proficiency to teach in a dual language classroom setting. Teacher candidates are required to take 5 courses (15 credit hours) including those required in the ESL add-on licensure program and specific courses regarding dual language instruction. For more information, visit here.
Candidates need to have studied a foreign language to apply for the ESL add-on Licensure program. No specific level of language proficiency is required for application for the ESL add-on licensure only track. For candidates interested in the ESL add-on with Dual Language Concentration track, bilingual proficiencies that reflect the language skills needed to teach in a dual language setting are expected.
Candidates are expected to complete 3 courses if they are pursuing the ESL add-on Licensure Program only and 5 courses if they are pursuing ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration Program. Candidates need to meet with the program advisor, Dr. Jamie Schissel, to identify the Plan of Study. In addition to successful completion of the coursework, candidates are also expected to meet NC licensure requirements to be eligible to apply for NC K-12 ESL licensure.
You can find course schedules through course search. To search the course schedule, you need to select the term first (e.g., Spring 2019). You will then type in “Teacher Education” for subject and the course number you are searching for (e.g., 523). You can find required course lists for this program at: https://online.uncg.edu/licensure-in-english-as-a-second-language
The Estimated Cost of Attendance webpage includes information on Schedule of Tuition and Fees Charges, Special Fees, Use of the University Libraries, Residence Status for Tuition Purposes and Tuition Waivers. With the support of the National Professional Development grant from the Department of Education, tuition and fees will be waived for eligible candidates.
The North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) determines the residency status for tuition purposes for applicants and current students. For more information about RDS and residency in North Carolina, go to ncresidency.org
On your application form, you will need to provide the names and contact information of selected recommenders. Ideal recommendations can be from professors, supervisors, and colleagues who can provide insights regarding your background and expertise, your academic potential in the Graduate School, and your career aspirations.
Some courses require field experiences as part of the coursework. In these cases, the professors will detail assignments and support candidates with locations for completing assignments. For candidates who are already employed or interning in a school with dual language classrooms, they will be able to use these sites to complete assignments.
Degree students may transfer up to 1/3 of the minimum number of (non-dissertation) hours required by the program. Certificate students may transfer up to 3 hours. Transfer credit is accepted at the discretion of the department and with the approval of The Graduate School. All transfer credit must meet Graduate School policies (UNC Greensboro Catalog). For the add-on licensure program, you may transfer up to 3 hours with the approval of the program, department and the Graduate School.
Once an application has been received, it is reviewed to determine which credentials have been uploaded by the applicant, and what credentials are needed in order for the application to be considered complete. Official test scores, official transcripts, and recommendations which were sent directly to The Graduate School are then uploaded to the application. Once the application is complete, the department is able to review your application. If the department recommends that you be admitted into the program, the Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School will conduct a final review of your credentials and will make the final determination of eligibility. Once a decision has been made, The Graduate School will notify you by e-mail. All credentials submitted become the property of The Graduate School and are not returned to the applicant.
If you have been admitted to the TESOL MAT program, please email Dr. Melody Zoch ([email protected]). If you have been admitted to the Add-on program, please email Dr. Jamie Schissel ([email protected]). If you have been admitted to the NCTeach Program, please email Amanda Shirk ([email protected]). You should contact the advisor for the program as soon as you receive the notification email from the Graduate School. You will receive instructions to activate your UNC Greensboro account and register for courses.
Yes. Your application is processed as soon as it is received. By applying early, we can resolve any problems that may occur with plenty of time left before the beginning of the term. Remember that The Graduate School will process around 3500 applications. As deadlines approach, it becomes much more difficult to give individual attention to details that may not be 100% accurate.
Yes. The academic advisor for the TESOL MAT program and the NCTeach program is Dr. Melody Zoch ([email protected]). The academic advisor for the ESL Add-on Licensure and ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration Programs is Dr. Jamie Schissel ([email protected]).