Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching

The graduate certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching is designed for practicing teachers of world languages and/or English as a second language. The certificate helps further educators’ academic program and professional skills. The program is offered in tandem with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) summer institutes. To complete the certificate, students may take second language education courses during the academic year and/or CARLA summer institutes.

Courses are offered in both blended, in-person, and online formats that vary semester to semester.

The certificate does not lead to licensure. .

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 deadlines: April 30

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 graduate certificate admissions page.

For more information, contact the faculty adviser, Sam David.


Complete 12 credits. Core requirements include 8–9 credits. Students take at least one course in each of three focus areas:

Core requirement topics include:

  • Technology and language teaching
  • Cultural and social issues in language teaching
  • Innovations in curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Courses that correspond to each of the focus areas are listed in the course catalog. In addition, students complete 3–4 elective credits, selected in consultation with the faculty advisor. View the curriculum for the certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching in the course catalog.