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This certificate is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-based course of study for initial licensure candidates and provisionally-licensed teachers. It is intended to assist students in developing a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance their ability to address critical issues in language and learning. It also intends to advance their fundamental understanding about language, technology, pedagogy, and culture, as well as issues related to diversity in schools and in society at large.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.


Praxis Core or equivalent and demonstrated proficiency in the certificate language are prerequisites for admission.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-SPNL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 27

Students must earn a B or higher in all coursework.

Required Courses

EDCI 516Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research3
EDCI 520Assessment of Language Learners3
EDCI 560Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages3
EDCI 684Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools3
EDRD 620Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
EDUC 537Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners3
Total Credits21

Internship Options

A six-credit, 15-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

EDCI 790Internship in Education6
Total Credits6

Both elementary and secondary school placements are required. Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Placement Internship: One semester, daytime internship in the classroom of a cooperating teacher. Intern assumes co-teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-Job Internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time foreign language teachers who are teaching the certificate language in an accredited school.