NC TEACH Alternative Licensure, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) (K-12) Licensure Area


North Carolina Teachers of Excellence for All Children (NC TEACH) is designed to recruit, train, support, and retain mid-career professionals as they become licensed teachers in North Carolina. The Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12) certification area is designed to offer residency license teachers a foundation in applied linguistics and the method for teaching English as a second language.

With funding from a National Professional Development grant, program applicants may be eligible to receive full tuition support to complete the NC Teach program in TESOL. 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

  • Students in the program enroll in a sequence of education courses and engage in field-based experiences as residency license teachers in local public school systems. 
  • 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

From the undergraduate to master’s to doctoral level, our programs offer exceptional value and opportunity. As a result, dedicated students are empowered to create a path to their own success. Our graduates become teachers, improve their current teaching practice, work in colleges or universities as instructors or administrators, and work with pre-service or inservice teachers in university teacher educator programs and school district offices — many earning positions even before earning their degrees.

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