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Special Education (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Special Education prepares special educators as innovators, teachers, leaders, and researchers whose work contributes to enhancing the quality of life of individuals who are exceptional learners and their families. This program provides the solid research foundation needed for the rapidly changing field of special education. Alumni of the program are currently employed as special education faculty, research scientists, and special education administrators.

Teaching Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Courses are offered in the evening or online. With the exception of the Art Education concentration, students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Teaching can apply their coursework towards the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is offered in the following licensure areas: Art Education (K-12) Career and Technical Education (6-12)* Business/IT, Marketing, Technology Engineering and Design Child and Family Development (B-K) Elementary Education (K-6)* Foreign Language Education (K-12)* Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, French, German, Greek (Ancient and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish Middle Grades Education (6-9)* English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Secondary Education (9-12)* Comprehensive Science, Comprehensive Social Studies, English, Math Special Education (K-12)* Adaptive Curriculum, General Curriculum *Available online

Teaching English as a Second Language (MAT)

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) master’s degree program offers several different options to prepare teacher candidates at all stages for working in the rewarding career of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching environments. The MAT program specifically caters to candidates who do not have an educational degree but would like to seek initial ESL licensure in North Carolina. With a master’s degree in TESL, graduates work with English Learners (ELs) and can find employment opportunities in K-12 schools; Higher Education; English Language Institutes; or non-profit organizations serving immigrant communities. Become the teacher you have always wanted to be and earn a master’s degree in the process. Interested candidates must have a bachelors degree in order to apply, but can have an undergraduate academic major in a variety of areas that include English, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, International Studies, Political Science, etc. Candidates do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education to apply. UNC Charlotte's Master of Arts in Teaching programs allow students to become a self-reflective master teacher, in addition to developing advanced competencies as a teacher-researcher and a teacher-leader. **Contact the Graduate Program Director to learn about the new changes to the MAT program in TESL (Fall 2019) which will provide students access to a newly redesigned online program at significantly reduced costs**

Urban Management and Policy (CERT)

As part of the Master of Public Administration program, the graduate certificate in Urban Management and Policy provides education and training for the public and nonprofit sectors, conduct scholarly and applied research to advance the field of public administration, and serve the community. Specilized training can be obtained in this certificate without having to pursue the MPA master's degree.