Literacy K-12 Add-On Licensure Program | Queens University of Charlotte

Literacy K-12 Certificate Program

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Cato School of Education

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Teachers need more than exceptional teaching skills to provide students with an experience that will help them to be successful readers and writers. They need to possess the ability to use a variety of assessments and data to plan developmentally appropriate lessons for all students in all facets of a Balanced Literacy approach. In keeping with the Cato School of Education’s long-standing commitment to provide educators with the skills needed to deal with the complexities of today's 21st century classroom setting, the Literacy K-12 Graduate Certificate program teaches specific strategies through a hands-on, authentic literacy approach. The faculty ensures every candidate has ample opportunities to implement newly learned strategies in their own classroom and then are provided with immediate, constructive feedback. This practice scaffolds candidates’ learning while helping them develop a Balanced Literacy approach and perspective of teaching to ensure a positive impact on student literacy knowledge. Candidates earning the Literacy K-12 Graduate Certificate at Queens commit themselves to a productive career and a noble life in teaching. They recognize the vital role of the educator in guiding, nurturing, and shaping the lives of all children. The program aligns with North Carolina state standards for Reading K-12 Teacher Candidates, the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and North Carolina Graduate Standards. Complete your license in 10 months or take courses at your own pace.


To be considered for admission into the program, an applicant must:

  • Submit a completed graduate application
  • Submit a copy of a valid, non- provisional, non- expired NC teaching license
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Graduate Admission Application
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary course work
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or better on a 4.00 scale on all post-secondary coursework (minimum 2.50 GPA will be considered with official, passing GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Quantitative)
  • Written statement describing professional and personal goals for the program
  • For current teachers seeking graduate certificate with license option:
    • Two letters of professional recommendation, one from principal
    • Copy of current, non-provisional NC teaching license
  • For non-licensure option:
    • Two letters of professional recommendation from direct supervisors

Content Courses

Upon completion of these courses you will meet the educational requirements for North Carolina licensure in Literacy K-12.

If you have questions about the program or admissions requirements please contact Somer Saunders at 704-337-2580 or

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