Teacher Education and Higher Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PBC-TESOL)

This certificate program is designed for teacher candidates interested in working with children and adult English learners in settings other than K-12 public schools. Candidates enrolled only in the PB-certificate program may not be eligible for federal financial aid. Please contact the financial aid office if you need more information (http://fia.uncg.edu/).

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

Example Careers:

K-12 Teacher in Non-Public School Settings, English Instructor in Community College/Language Institute, School District Administrator, English Teaching Positions Outside the United States

Designed For

Teacher candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any field and documented evidence of having studied a foreign language. 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 a variety of instructional settings.

Research Interests

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

Program of Study

Total hours: 18

  • 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
  • 3 hrs electives with approved Plan of Study such as TED 535, TED 615, TED 616 or TED 640

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 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.