Graduate FAQs

General

Can I meet with someone?

Should I do a 2nd undergraduate degree?

Do I have to have a relevant degree to join the program?

What are the general similarities and differences between a Graduate Certificate program and a Master's program?

What’s the difference between the M.A.T. and a traditional M.Ed. or M.A.? 

How long will it take?

Is there a time limit to the program?

What can I get a license in?

How do I qualify for NC Residency?        

 

Admissions

What are the admission standards?

What if I do not meet the admission standards?

What is the application deadline?

Where do I send my official transcripts for the application?

Do I need Praxis I / Praxis II before beginning the program?

How do I know if I am accepted?

Now that I am accepted as a Graduate Certificate/MAT student, what do I do?

Now that I am accepted as a post bac student, what do I do?

Can I defer my admission?

 

Course Information

What classes will I need to take?

What does the term “background requirements” mean?

When are classes offered?

When do classes start?

Do I have to complete an internship?

How much is tuition?

Who can help me pay for my course work?

 

Lateral Entry Teaching

What is Lateral Entry Teaching?

Do I qualify as a Lateral Entry Teacher?

How can I take classes if I am going through RALC?

 

General

Can I meet with someone?
Yes.  You may set up a time to meet with an advisor Monday – Thursday (7-6) or Friday (9-5) by emailing trecruitment@uncc.edu or calling (704-687-7353).   

Should I do a 2nd undergraduate degree?
The best option will be the Graduate Certificate in Teaching; a second undergraduate degree would require many more courses. Occasionally people choose to complete a 2nd undergraduate degree if they must take daytime classes.

Do I have to have a relevant degree to join the program?
You need a four year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. A relevant degree or background coursework is required before entering the Graduate Certificate in Teaching. [t1] 


What are the general similarities and differences between a Graduate Certificate program and a Master's program?
  • Both are recognized graduate programs where students can access graduate levels of financial aid.
  • A Graduate Certificate honors a specific program of study, but does not lead to a degree.
  • A Graduate Certificate program does not require an entrance exam.
  • A student may be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at anytime and their courses work from the Graduate Certificate will be applied as long as it is within the six year window for completion.

 

What’s the difference between the M.A.T. and a traditional M.Ed. or M.A.? 

  • The traditional M.Ed. and M.A. programs are designed for fully licensed, experienced teachers pursuing additional professional development in the same field or fields for which any Standard Professional I license and teaching experience provides adequate background.  (e.g., ELED to ELED, MDLG to MDLG, or ELED to READ) 
  • The M.A.T. is designed for three kinds of adults:  (1)  those who wish to change professions and enter teaching, (2) those who are already lateral entry teachers and need to earn the Standard Professional I teaching license, and (3) those who wish to change teaching fields (for example, from high school biology to elementary education).
  • Both kinds of master’s programs lead to the advanced “M” license.

 

How long will it 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 what time frame works best for you!. 

Is there a time limit to the program?
The Graduate Certificate requirements must be completed within four years of your first course.  The MAT requirements must be completed within a six years of beginning your first course.  

 

What can I get a license in?

Middle Grades Education (6–9)

Secondary Education (9–12)

Special Education (K–12)

Foreign Languages (K–12)

Fine and Performing Arts (K–12)
Apr. 15 deadline for Summer/Fall start
Nov. 15 deadline for Spring start

Teaching English as a Second Language

 

How do I qualify for NC Residency?          
Residency is determined in the Office of Residency Determination

 

 

Admissions

What are the admission standards?
For the Graduate Certificate, the admissions standards are listed below:

1.      Complete online application

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

  2. Three online recommendations

  3. A satisfactory statement of purpose

  4. Signed disposition statement

  5. Completion of background check

  6. An overall GPA of...

  • at least 2.75 OR

  • at least 2.7 with very strong recommendations


 

What if I do not meet the admission standards?
If you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching but your GPA is below the required minimum of 2.7, please call 704-687-7353 or 704-687-8725 to discuss potential admission options.  

What is the application deadline?
The application deadlines are as follows: 

Semester/Term Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Fall (August) March 1st August 15th
Spring (January) October 1st January 1st
Summer I (May) April 1st May 15th
Summer II (July) May 1st June 15th

***Note*** Applications to College of Education programs will be reviewed and accepted after the priority deadline. Acceptance of qualified candidates will be based upon space available in desired program.

Where do I send my official transcripts for the application?
You will send your unopened, official transcripts to the Graduate School.

Graduate School Admissions – UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

 

Do I need Praxis Core / Praxis II before beginning the program?
If you are completing the Graduate Certificate in Teaching, you will need to take Praxis Core.  Otherwise, with limited exceptions, the Praxis Core is not required. 

Praxis II is required for licensure in most programs, and should be taken at the end of your coursework.  


How do I know if I am accepted?
Once all application materials are received, the Graduate School will change the status of your application from “incomplete” to “referred.”  The application is then sent to the academic departments in the College of Education to review.  Review of the completed applications to the Graduate Certificate or M.A.T. generally takes 4-6 weeks, depending on the volume of applications.  At that time you will be notified via email if you have been accepted.  Your acceptance letter will list your academic advisor at the bottom.  Please contact your advisor regarding your classes and any other questions you may have.   


Now that I am accepted as a Graduate Certificate/MAT student, what do I do?
You need to contact your advisor to discuss your plan of study and get authorizations to register for class.  Your advisor is listed at the bottom of your emailed acceptance letter. 

Now that I am accepted as a post bac student, what do I do?
You need to contact the TEAL office (704-687-8725) to discuss the courses you should take and to receive authorization to register for courses. 

Can I defer my admission?
If you apply for first or second summer sessions, you can defer your application until the fall.  If you apply in the fall or spring and need to change your start date to a later time you will need to reapply. 

Course Information

What classes will I need to take?
To see a list of classes for your specific program please refer to the licensure programs list.  Each area is hyperlinked to its planning sheet.  Please note some licensure areas have a second page listing background courses required for licensure.   

What does the term “background requirements” mean?
Candidates seeking licensure in any area except Birth-Kindergarten Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education must demonstrate relevant degree in their subject area.  If candidates do not have a relevant degree, they will satisfy any deficiencies prior to beginning the program.

When are classes offered?
All programs offer evening classes to meet the needs of working adults.  Some programs (Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education) offer their program entirely online. 

When do classes start?
Please see the academic calendar for all relevant dates:  first day of class, drop/add day, holiday, etc.

Do I have to complete an internship?
The last course in Phase I of the M.A.T. and in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching is a graduate student teaching internship.  It is a supervised, full-time, semester-long experience with increasing responsibility in a classroom of your licensure field.

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 your internship in your current position.  Please contact the Office of Field Experiences (704-687-8802 or ofe@uncc.edu) to confirm.

How much is tuition?
Please see the breakdown for tuition and fees here [link

Who can help me pay for my course work?
Please visit our new scholarship website, http://scholarships.uncc.edu, for more information regarding scholarships and funding.  See also the Teach Grant [BS1] and FELS[BS2]  programs for external sources of funding.

Lateral Entry Teaching

What is Lateral Entry Teaching?
Lateral Entry Teaching is a program through the state in which an individual is able to teach before having their license. For more information on this process please see the following website:  http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/lateral/

Do I qualify as a Lateral Entry Teacher?
We do not determine qualification for lateral entry.  Please see the following website for more information: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/lateral/

How can I take classes if I am going through RALC?
If you are seeking licensure through the Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC) and are not interested in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching, you need to enter the university simply as a post-baccalaureate student.  Be sure to fax your RALC plan to the Graduate School so that you will be admitted as a RALC student and become eligible for some financial aid.


Criteria for admission:

1.      Completed online application

Be sure to complete the fields as below:

College or School = “College of Education”

Desired Degree = “Undesignated”

Desired Major = “Regional Alternative Licensure Center”

2.      Fax a copy of your RALC plan to the Graduate School (704-687-3279)

3.      Once you are admitted, you should contact the departments hosting the course you need to get authorized to register

4.      If you have questions, please call 704-687-7353 for assistance