Certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education

The certificate in Dual Language and Immersion (DLI) Education is offered entirely online and is designed to prepare already licensed preK-12 educators to teach effectively in DLI classrooms. Specifically, this will help teachers who work in a setting in which a second language (world, second, indigenous, or heritage) is the vehicle to teach school subjects unrelated to language, such as math or science. Program administrators and coordinators will also find the program relevant to their professional development.

This program is designed for educators in the following models of dual language and immersion education:

  • One-way world language immersion. Designed for language-majority students (English speakers in the U.S.) who learn the curriculum through a world language such as Mandarin or Spanish.
  • Two-way bilingual immersion. Designed for a combined student audience of language-minority (e.g., Spanish speakers) and language-majority (English speakers) students who learn the curriculum through both languages.
  • One-way developmental bilingual. In the U.S., typically designed for Spanish speakers to maintain Spanish and learn English.
  • Indigenous language immersion. Designed with the goal of revitalizing an endangered language and culture such as Ojibwe.

This program does not lead to state teaching certification or licensure. If you want a license to teach in immersion, dual language or bilingual programs Minnesota, see the MEd and Teaching license in elementary education, dual language immersion focus program.

Admissions information

The program is currently serving Minnesota educators only due to grant funds. For practicing educators outside of Minnesota who are interested in the DLI certificate, please contact the faculty advisor, Diane Tedick.

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

Application priority deadlines:

  • December 15 - Spring start
  • April 30 - Summer start
  • July 31- Fall start

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

Before applying, please contact Diane Tedick if you are interested.


The program consists of three required courses (nine credits) and two electives (six credits).

Core curriculum topics include:

  • Foundations of DLI education
  • Curriculum development and assessment in DLI classrooms
  • Language-focused instructional practices for DLI classrooms

View the curriculum for the certificate in dual language and immersion education in the course catalog.

Master of Education

You can pursue the certificate alone or together with a related graduate degree such as the MEd Professional Studies in Language Immersion Education, the MA in Second Language Education, or the PhD in Second Language Education.

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

Rebecca Gomez
The certificate provides the what to do, the why to do it, and the how to do it, while leaving lots of room for self-reflection both as a learner and a teacher.

Rebecca Schreuder Gómez, principal
Pella Christian grade school