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Advanced Practices in Second Language Education Certificate


The certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching is designed for practicing teachers of foreign languages and/or English as a second language. It is offered in tandem with the CARLA summer institute program (with courses scheduled typically the last three weeks of July).

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.


Complete six 2-credit courses during two years of part-time summer study.

Core requirement topics include:

  • Culture as core in the second language classroom
  • Growing learner language: A hands-on approach
  • Using technology in second language teaching

To complete six elective credits, students work with the faculty advisor to select three additional 2-credit classes from CARLA’s roster of summer institutes.

View the curriculum for the certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching in the course catalog.

Master of Education

You can pursue the certificate alone or together with an M.Ed. Professional Studies in Second Language Pedagogy.

You will need to apply to both the certificate program and the master’s program separately and then work with your advisor to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

Admissions Information

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

Application priority deadline: April 30

Graduate tuition and cost information

Students pay CARLA registration fees as well as tuition for the courses. Students must register for courses through CARLA first.

For detailed admission information and tuition information on the certificate program, visit our certificate admissions page.

For more information, contact the advisor, Michelle McElroy or the faculty advisor, Diane Tedick.