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Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching

Designed for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second language. Courses are offered on the Twin Cities campus, typically during the last three weeks in July.

Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the U, you need to apply to earn this certificate.

Application priority deadlines:

  • April 30 - Summer start
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What you'll learn

Complete 12 credits (each course is 2 credits). At least two years of part-time summer study are needed to complete this certificate. To maintain enrollment you will register for GRAD 999, a no-credit, no-tuition option, for fall and spring semesters.

Core courses 6 credits:

  • CI 5621—Culture as core in the second language classroom
  • CI 5622—Second language acquisition basics for teachers
  • LgTT 5110—Using technology in second language teaching (2 cr.) OR another CARLA summer institute on technology (2 cr.)

Elective courses 6 credits selected in collaboration with your faculty adviser. Recommended electives:

  • CI 5623—Improving language learning: Styles and strategies-based instruction
  • CI 5624—Content-based language instruction and curriculum development
  • CI 5625—Developing assessments for the second language classroom
  • CI 5626—Developing learners' sociocultural competence
  • CI 5660—Special topics - Any CARLA Summer Institute special topics course

Note: Transfer credits from outside the UMN are not accepted. UMN courses may be be substituted with faculty adviser approval. Coursework must be completed within 5 years and a 3.0 GPA must be maintained.

Program planning form (Use this to plan your coursework, then submit one semester prior to finishing program requirements.)

Benefit from a graduate degree
Certificate + M.Ed.

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and an M.Ed. in second language pedagogy at the same time.

If interested, apply to both programs.

Get an edge
Cutting-edge research

Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers from the University of Minnesota and from around the world.

Tuition + Aid

Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency.

If you are seeking only the certificate, you pay the CE+HD departmental master's tuition rate ($660.17/credit for residents; $1,021.17/credit for nonresidents). More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

This program does not lead to state teaching certification or licensure. If you want a license to teach in Minnesota, see our full-time licensure program, or our program for working professionals.

Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

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).
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Personal statement. Discuss your experience teaching languages and the ways this certificate program will contribute to your professional development.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

This program does not support VISA requirements; if you need a VISA, please view our Master of Education degree option instead.

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.
  • 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

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy