Teacher Education and Higher Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) Add-On Licensure

The ESL Add-On Licensure program is designed for K-12 teachers seeking North Carolina K-12 ESL add-on licensure in order to work with English Learners (ELs) in K-12 public school settings.

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Program Contact

Dr. Jamie Schissel
464 School of Education Building

Dr. Ye He
486 School of Education Building


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this program culminates in a license, not a degree.

Example Careers:

NC K-12 teacher

Designed For

K-12 teachers with initial teaching licensure. Take a quick Self-Assessment to see which TESOL program might be the best fit for your career goals.

Career Opportunities

Through the coursework and field experiences, teacher candidates have the opportunity to apply their learning in K-12 classrooms.

Research Interests

Faculty’s research interests include: teacher development, appreciative education, international education, language education policy, language testing, classroom assessment, and language ideologies.

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Program of Study

Total hours: 15

  • TED 523 (3): Legal, Historical and Cultural Implications of English as a Second Language
  • TED 603 (3): Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners w/ practicum
  • TED 604 (3): Applied Linguistics
  • TED 614 (3): Word Study
  • TED 618 (3): Teaching English as a Second Language w/ practicum

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • North Carolina initial licensure for teaching
  • Documented evidence of having studied a foreign language

Application Process:

  • Apply online through the UNCG Graduate School website where you can find additional information. Applications are reviewed year-round for M.Ed., PBC and Add-on licensure program, but the Graduate School has deadlines for each semester. See Application Deadlines.
  • 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.
  • The the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. However, MAT and M.Ed. applicants must submit an academic writing sample.
    • Acceptable writing samples may include:
      • an edited and revised recent academic essay completed as part of the coursework in education, TESOL, language education, linguistics, or related field; OR
      • an academic reflection based on the Disposition Rubric in the TESOL program.
    • General guidelines for academic writing samples:
      • Length: 5-25 pages including references
      • Citation Style: APA 6th
      • Format: double spaced word document

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the TESOL program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at tehe@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.