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The ESL Add-On Licensure program is designed for K-12 teachers with NC initial licensure to be graduate students at UNCG.

Available fully online or with synchronous meetings!

What you’ll get:

  • Coursework that prepares you to work with English learners and obtain ESL add-on licensure. 
    • 9 graduate-level credit hours
    • Fully online option available
      • Online courses meet weekday evenings
      • Attendance required for online courses
  • Additional preparation to support Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) instruction, if you meet the language proficiency requirement.
    • 6 additional graduate-level credit hours
  • Field-based learning opportunities to prepare you for classroom instruction, interactions with students and families, and engagement in the communities.
  • As a graduate student, you will earn credits that could be applied toward other programs, including the Master in Education in TESOL at UNCG.


Tuition Support


With project EnACTeD, full-tuition support is available to a set number of in-state, NC licensed teachers.


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For more information about Add-On Licensure, visit online.uncg.edu/esl

Licensure may vary from state to state. For more information visit Professional Licensure.

UNCG is authorized to offer online education in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Learn more about State Authorization.

Required Courses



TED 525 Dual Language Instructional Practice   check mark
TED 523 Legal, Historical, and Cultural Implications of ESL check mark check mark
TED 618 Teaching English as a Second Language with Practicum check mark check mark
TED 696 Classroom Language Assessment   check mark
TED 604 Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers check mark check mark

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  • Apply online through the UNCG Graduate School website where you can find additional information 
  • View our Application Guide for more information about the ESL Add-On Licensure Program application process.
  • 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.

         Program Advisor: Dr. Jamie Schissel (jlschiss@uncg.edu)


Have questions about the online add-on licensure? Read our Application Guide here.

For more information about the EnACTeD program click here.

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