Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Special Education  – Adapted Curriculum and General Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education is a 27 credit hour program designed for students who do not hold a bachelor's degree in Special Education.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Adapted or General Curriculum.

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 Special Education. 

All courses for the Graduate Certificate must be completed within four years. 

To see program planning sheets, refer to the links on the left-hand side of this page.   For more information on the Graduate Certificate Program, please visit pathwaytoteaching.com or contact Kevin Parsons in the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) at 704-687-8811 or kfparson@uncc.edu.  You may also contact Dr. LuAnn Jordan (Special Education Adapted Curriculum Graduate Certification Program Director and Special Education General Curriculum Graduate Certification Program Director) at 704-687-8844 or lujordan@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 3.0.  (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, applicants may contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) 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.

Application for Graduation
The Application for Graduation must be completed via the online form available on the Graduate School Clearance for Graduation webpage by the date designated on the University Academic calendar.

Internship
An 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.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Both the Graduate Certificate in Adapted Curriculum and the Graduate Certificate in General Curriculum have been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
 

Graduate Certificate in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

The Graduate Certificate in AIG provides a consistent, cohesive structure for teachers seeking to add on the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) AIG Professional Educator’s License.  To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate (AIG licensure) Program, applicants must hold or be eligible for a North Carolina teaching license or its equivalent from another state.  Applicants will need to hold a teaching position before enrolling in SPED 6124 and SPED 6224 in order to meet course requirements.

For further information, please see distanceed.uncc.edu/graduate/gifted or contact Dr. Michael Matthews at 704-687-8623 or michael.matthews@uncc.edu.  

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

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in AIG

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  2. An Application for Admission to the Graduate School
  3. Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. A teaching license from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state.
  5. Recommendation letters and GRE or MAT scores are not required for applications to the Graduate Certificate in AIG, but are required for admission
    to the M.Ed. program.

Notes:   If accepted into the master's degree program, a maximum of twelve (12) Graduate Certificate hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. AIG degree, to elective requirements in other Special Education M.Ed. majors,  or to other UNC Charlotte M.Ed. programs, with the permission of the program’s Graduate Program Director and the student’s academic advisor.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate program does not ensure admission into a master's degree program.  Applicants must take the GRE or MAT before applying to the Special Education master's degree program in AIG.  Applicants who previously have received a grade of A in three (if the fourth course is in progress at the time of application) or all four of the 4 Graduate Certificate courses in AIG at UNC Charlotte may waive the GRE/MAT score requirement.  Students who have received one or more course grades below A in UNC Charlotte graduate certificate courses in AIG are not eligible for this waiver and must provide GRE or MAT scores with their application to the M.Ed.  

Certificate Requirements
The Graduate Certificate Program in Academically or Intellectually Gifted requires a 12 credit hour sequence of courses. 

SPED 5211  Nature and Needs of Gifted Students (3)
SPED 6124  Methods of Instructing Gifted Students (3)
SPED 6161  Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3)
SPED 6224  Adapting Curriculum Materials and Classroom Differentiation (3)
 

Graduate Certificate  in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 12 credit hour web-based program. It serves two groups of professionals: (1) those who work in school districts and are responsible for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and for developing appropriate individualized education plans that include academic instruction, and effective intervention practices in the areas of communication, daily living, and social skills; and (2) those who work in human service agencies that also provide intervention practices in the areas of communication, daily living, and social skills as well as prepare students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to live, work, and learn as adults.

For further information, please contact Dr. Wendy Wood  at 704-687-8854 or wmwood@uncc.edu

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

Program Objectives
As specialists in public schools and human service agencies in the area of autism spectrum disorders, completers of the program are prepared to:

  • Work as public school teachers in a broad range of educational settings including the general education classroom and special education programs
  • Work as human service agency personnel implementing research-validated intervention strategies for children, youth, and adults in community agencies
  • Implement research-validated instruction/intervention strategies for children, youth, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders
  • Assess the effectiveness of individualized instruction/intervention programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in ASD

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university in education or a related field of study
  2. An Application for Admission to the Graduate School
  3. Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0

Notes:  Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in ASD are not required to take the GRE or MAT.  However, individuals who are interested in completing the ASD Graduate Certificate as part of the M.Ed. in Special Education degree must take the GRE or MAT to meet the admissions requirement for the M.Ed. in Special Education.  If accepted into the master’s degree program, a maximum of twelve (12) Graduate Certificate hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. degree program in Special Education with the permission of the Graduate Program Director.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate program does not ensure admission into a master’s degree program.

Certificate Requirements
The Graduate Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders requires a 12 credit hour sequence of courses.  No transfer credit is accepted.  Students must earn grades of “B” or above in each of the courses in the 12 credit hour program of study. 

SPED 6115  Nature and Needs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
SPED 6225  Communication, Daily Living and Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
SPED 6272  Program Design and Development for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
SPED 6277  Program Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)