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Becoming an ESL, Bilingual/Bicultural teacher one day at a time. This site is for future teachers and teachers of English Language Learners/ CLD. You will find resources in English and in Spanish that can serve as a guide in your journey.

Checkpoint courses at the UNC School of Teacher Education.

The first time I visited the UNC website, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of information there. I decided to use the search bar and just type what I was looking for.

In the School of Teacher Education page they have what they call “Checkpoint courses” there are 0 credit courses you have to take. For each checkpoint, there is paperwork you have to do to help you get your teaching license. Below the list of checkpoints, you can click on a career mayor you are interested in; in my case I clicked on the Undergraduate, Elementary Program and find out what courses you need.

When you meet with your advisor for the first time you will go over your 2 year plan (if you are a transfer student) and your 4 year plan (if you are a Freshman). Keep in mind that it is a “career plan” things can change in your college years, just keep an open mind. You’ll advisor should explain when you have to take these courses. Once registered you will receive an email with deadlines of your documents and things you need to look over.

These are some steps that helped me:

  • Keep a binder with all documents your advisor gives you and take it to every advising meeting you have.
  • Look at the Power Points’, sometimes there are additional updates you have to know about.
  • At the meeting, take sticky notes to write down what your advisor asks you to do.
  • Ask questions if things are not clear before you leave.
  • Print everything, specially the Checklist to keep track of what you have and what you need.
  • Read and highlight if you need to.
  • Start gathering paperwork early in the semester!
  • Make copies of paperwork you submit and save emails for your records.
  • Set reminders on your phone calendar of due dates and meetings you will have before submitting everything.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if don’t understand something.
  • Email your advisor or go in the Education Department office at McKee Hall to clear up any doubts.
  • Remember that it’s ok to feel confused, and you will not be the only one with many questions.

Hope these steps give you a piece of mind in your career journey.





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This entry was posted on July 7, 2016 by in Resources, Teaching, Undergraduate and tagged , , .




Latina mom, non-traditional student at the University of Northern Colorado. I am working on my degree in Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and Bilingual Bicultural (CDL) endorsements. I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. Passionate about Bilingual, Elementary Education, ESL, ELL, Multiculturalism, Biculturalism #education #bilingualkids

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