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World Languages Education

For teachers who:

  • hold a current Minnesota teaching license
  • want to add, or extend, a license to teach a world language
  • and have a strong a second language background, as demonstrated by 4 years of high school language study, or 2 years for college-level study, or bilingualism in English and another language, or significant experience in a second-language community setting

Get credit for past work

After you are admitted, you will receive a customized curriculum plan of courses to take to be recommended for licensure.

This ensures you get maximum credit for previous academic work and work experiences.

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Choose your license(s)

Many students complete a license in ESL and in a world language. You may also complete licensure in one or two world languages.

Arabic | Chinese (Mandarin) | French | German | Hebrew | Italian | Japanese | Latin/Classical Greek| Norwegian | Ojibwe | Russian | Spanish | Swedish | + English as a second language (ESL)

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

Pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and M.Ed. degree in second language education at the same time.

You will need to apply to both the licensure program and the M.Ed. and then work with your adviser to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

Tuition + Aid

$660.17/credit for residents; $1,021.17/credit for nonresidents

Scholarships, grants, loans and loan forgiveness are available. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Competencies + coursework

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the world language license. The requirements for the K-8 and K-12 licenses are the same, except for the student teaching requirement. For the K-8 license you will student teach in a middle school; for the K-12 license you will student teach in either a middle or a high school (depending on availability).

  • CI 5651 - Foundations of second languages and cultures education
  • CI 5619 Teaching world languages and cultures in elementary settings
  • CI 5662 - Second languages curriculum design OR CI 5624 Content-based language instruction and curriculum development
  • CI 5657 - Teaching speaking and listening in second language classrooms
  • CI 5658 - Foreign language testing and assessment OR CI 5625 Developing assessments for the second language classroom
  • CI 5621 - Culture as the core in the second language classroom
  • CI 5656 - Teaching literacy in second language classrooms
  • CI 5696 - Practicum: Teaching world languages and cultures in elementary schools
  • CI 5698 - Student teaching in second languages and cultures

Admission criteria

  • Current state of Minnesota teaching license
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.
  • Proficiency in the language you wish to teach, as demonstrated in an Oral Proficiency Interview. We required a rating of "Advanced low" or higher. Register for the test through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Successful completion of at least two upper-division courses focusing on the development of advanced grammar and composition skills in the language you wish to teach OR successful completion of university-level academic coursework in the language you wish to teach

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Application deadlines:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Summer admission
  • June 1 for Fall admission

Admission decisions are made up to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined upon receipt of your application.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty adviser.
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Educational goal statement. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.
  • Current Minnesota teaching license. Upload in the Department\Program Forms section.

Apply online. Complete the following sections:

  • Personal information
  • Application information
  • Educational background
  • Employment/Residence information

Prepare to apply
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
  • A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • Nonnative English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in English at the "Superior" level according to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

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