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Elementary Mathematics Education, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education is an 18 credit hour program designed for students who hold a North Carolina Teaching License with either certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) OR Middle Grades Education (Grades 6-8) and certified in Middle Grades Mathematics.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina Add-on License in Elementary School Mathematics.

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, qualified students have the option of applying to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education  program. Admission to the Graduate Certificate program is separate and distinct from admission to a graduate degree program and not an indication of automatic admission to the M.Ed. degree program. For more information on this option, refer to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education  section.

All courses for the Graduate Certificate must be completed within five years.

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School

Please refer to admission information in the Graduate School section of this Catalog.

Graduate Certificate Program Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75  (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL))
  3. A North Carolina teaching license in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) OR Middle Grades Education (Grades 6-8) and certified in Middle Grades Mathematics
  4. Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of the candidate’s interaction with children or youth, including a current administrator at the school in which the candidate works
  5. Clear criminal background check
  6. Apply online at http://graduateschool.uncc.edu

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Certificate Total = 18 Credit Hours

Clinical Field Experiences

Most courses require students to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in public school/agency settings. During the Graduate Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Education program, all students are expected to complete clinical experiences in elementary school settings.

Clinical field experiences provide opportunities for helping all students learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups. During clinical experiences, students apply theories and understandings gained in coursework, analyze P-12 student learning, and develop the ability to positively impact all learners. Each course in the program requires 20 clinical hours. These structured experiences can take place in multiple settings such as neighboring schools or districts, after-school programs, or in the schools and classrooms in which the candidates work.

Candidates who are residency teachers and teacher assistants must move beyond their own classrooms and schools for at least two clinical experiences. Alternative settings must be approved by the instructor. A limited number of clinical experiences may be approved in significantly different classrooms within their school of employment. Employed candidates are encouraged to seek assistance and support from their administrators.


All students are assigned an advisor upon formal admission to the program. Students should consult with their advisors at least once each semester.


Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be recommended for the North Carolina Standard Professional I teaching license. For this license, students are required to complete an electronic licensure portfolio that is created during coursework and student teaching.