EnACTeD

Engaging and Advancing Community-Centered Teacher Development

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes meet?

You can find course schedules through course search. To search the course schedule, you need to select the term first (e.g., Spring 2019). You will then type in “Teacher Education” for subject and the course number you are searching for (e.g., 523). You can find required course lists for this program at: https://enacted.uncg.edu/inservice/

What is the cost of the program?

The Estimated Cost of Attendance webpage includes information on Schedule of Tuition and Fees Charges, Special Fees, Use of the University Libraries, Residence Status for Tuition Purposes and Tuition Waivers.

With the support of the National Professional Development grant from the Department of Education, tuition and fees will be waived for eligible candidates. For more information, please visit https://enacted.uncg.edu

How do I determine my residence status for tuition purposes?

The North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) determines the residency status for tuition purposes for applicants and current students. For more information about RDS and residency in North Carolina, go to ncresidency.org

Who can serve as recommenders for the program application?

On your application form, you will need to provide the names and contact information of selected recommenders. Ideal recommendations can be from professors, supervisors, and colleagues who can provide insights regarding your background and expertise, your academic potential in the Graduate School, and your career aspirations.

I have completed coursework at UNCG in the past. Do I need official transcripts sent to the Graduate School from UNCG?

No. This information is available to the Graduate School at UNCG, and does not need to be officially requested. Check with the Registrar’s office if you have questions about your academic history with UNCG.

Are there any prerequisites for the ESL Add-on Licensure Programs?

Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree, North Carolina initial licensure for teaching, and documented evidence of having studied a foreign language to apply for the program.

What are the differences between the ESL add-on and the ESL add-on with Dual Language (DL) Concentration Licensure tracks?

The ESL add-on Licensure Program is designed for teachers seeking K-12 ESL licensure in NC. Teacher candidates are prepared to teach in K-12 ESL classroom settings. The ESL add-on licensure only track requires 3 courses (9 credit hours). For more information, please visit https://enacted.uncg.edu/inservice/

The ESL add-on licensure with DL concentration track is designed for teachers with bilingual proficiency to teach in a dual language classroom setting. Teacher candidates are required to take 5 courses (15 credit hours) including those required in the ESL add-on licensure program and specific courses regarding dual language instruction. For more information, please visit https://enacted.uncg.edu/inservice/

Is there language proficiency requirement for program application?

Candidates need to have studied a foreign language to apply for the ESL add-on Licensure program. No specific level of language proficiency is required for application for the ESL add-on licensure only track. For candidates interested in the ESL add-on with Dual Language Concentration track, bilingual proficiencies that reflect the language skills needed to teach in a dual language setting are expected.

What are the program requirements for ESL Add-on Licensure Programs?

Candidates are expected to complete 3 courses if they are pursuing the ESL add-on Licensure Program only and 5 courses if they are pursuing ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration Program. Candidates need to meet with the program advisor, Dr. Jamie Schissel, to identify the Plan of Study. In addition to successful completion of the coursework, candidates are also expected to meet NC licensure requirements to be eligible to apply for NC K-12 ESL licensure.

What are the field experiences required in the program?

Some courses require field experiences as part of the coursework. In these cases, the professors will detail assignments and support candidates with locations for completing assignments. For candidates who are already employed or interning in a school with dual language classrooms, they will be able to use these sites to complete assignments.

I have started taking courses at another institution and I am considering transferring to UNCG. Will all my courses transfer?

Degree students may transfer up to 1/3 of the minimum number of (non-dissertation) hours required by the program. Certificate students may transfer up to 3 hours. Transfer credit is accepted at the discretion of the department and with the approval of The Graduate School. All transfer credit must meet Graduate School policies (UNCG Catalog). For the add-on licensure program, you may transfer up to 3 hours with the approval of the program, department and the Graduate School.

What happens to my application after you receive it?

Once an application has been received, it is reviewed to determine which credentials have been uploaded by the applicant, and what credentials are needed in order for the application to be considered complete. Official test scores, official transcripts, and recommendations which were sent directly to The Graduate School are then uploaded to the application. Once the application is complete, the department is able to review your application. If the department recommends that you be admitted into the program, the Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School will conduct a final review of your credentials, and will make the final determination of eligibility. Once a decision has been made, The Graduate School will notify you by e-mail. All credentials submitted become the property of The Graduate School and are not returned to the applicant.

What happens after I am admitted to the ESL Add-on Licensure Program or the ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration Program?

Please email Dr. Jamie Schissel (jlschiss@uncg.edu) and Project EnACTeD (enacted@uncg.edu) as soon as you receive the notification email from the Graduate School. You will receive instructions to activate your UNCG account and register for courses.

Does it matter if I apply early?

Yes. Your application is processed as soon as it is received. By applying early, we can resolve any problems that may occur with plenty of time left before the beginning of the term. Remember that The Graduate School will process around 3500 applications. As deadlines approach, it becomes much more difficult to give individual attention to details that may not be 100% accurate.

Can I speak with an advisor about courses?

Yes. The academic advisor for the ESL Add-on Licensure and ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration Programs is Dr. Jamie Schissel (jlschiss@uncg.edu).

Who is eligible for the TESOL second academic concentration?

Elementary education majors committed to obtaining the ESL add-on licensure are eligible for the TESOL second academic concentration. The program requires 18 credit hours (6 courses) – https://enacted.uncg.edu/preservice/

Why should I choose TESOL as my Second Academic Concentration?

The TESOL SAC courses and field experiences will prepare you to better work with students and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. After completing the SAC requirements, candidates will be prepared to apply for the K-12 ESL add-on licensure in NC.

Is there a language proficiency requirement for program application?

All candidates are expected to study a foreign language. Candidates interested in the TESOL SAC with Dual Language concentration are required to take advanced levels of foreign language courses. In addition, intermediate proficiency level of the partner language (e.g. Spanish) is expected for DL candidates.

What are the field experiences required in the program?

Some courses require field experiences as part of the coursework. In these cases, the professors will detail assignments and support candidates with locations for completing assignments. For candidates who are already employed or interning in a school with dual language classrooms, they will be able to use these sites to complete assignments.

How do I indicate my interest in the TESOL second academic concentration?

You can share your interest with your advisor, Terence Polk (topolk@uncg.edu), or email us at enacted@uncg.edu to let us know.

Can I speak with an advisor?

Yes. The academic advisor for the Elementary Education program is Terence Polk (topolk@uncg.edu).