Add-On Licensure in ESL


The ESL Add-On Licensure is a fully online program designed for K-12 teachers seeking North Carolina K-12 ESL add-on licensure in order to work with multilingual learners in K-12 public school settings. The program is 9-15 credit hours and designed to be completed as a part-time student. Students also have the option for an ESL/Dual Language Add-On Licensure. 

With funding from a National Professional Development grant, applicants may be eligible to receive full tuition support to complete the online ESL Add-on Licensure program. To learn about this opportunity, visit the Project Ignite (Innovation to Grow, Nurture, and Inspire Teachers of English-learners) website.

Take a quick Self-Assessment to see which TESOL program might be the best fit for your career goals.

Program Distinctions

The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

  • The Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) brings together outstanding faculty mentors with scholars from all levels of educational experience to pursue one common goal: becoming leaders driven to make a difference in the lives of learners, who, in turn, are prepared to make their own positive difference in the world. Whether your professional goal is to be a leader in elementary schools, secondary schools, or higher education, we are here to provide the best possible preparation and support.
  • Graduate students in the School of Education benefit from hands-on learning that is woven throughout our programs and co-curricular opportunities. Students interested in research work alongside faculty members on cutting-edge studies and innovation projects, providing them with first-hand experience with discovering solutions to pressing social and educational issues.

Be sure to meet with your academic advisor each semester for more details pertaining to your program of study.

After Graduation

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

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 initial teaching license. 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. Licensure Reciprocity Information


Currently, UNC Greensboro is authorized to offer online education in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Find out more about State Authorization — a law that regulates in which states colleges and universities can offer education.UNC Greensboro does not guarantee that programs which fulfill North Carolina licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. For further explanation, visit Professional Licensure.

Want more information? Let’s get started!