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Teaching Certification

Graduate K-12 Teaching Certification in French, German, or Spanish

Graduate students in the MA in Languages and Cultures have the option to obtain a Pennsylvania K-12 Teaching Certification in French, German, or Spanish. Students with a BA degree in French, German, or Spanish (or related field) may apply to do only the Graduate K-12 Teaching Certification as a post-baccalaureate graduate program or to do both the MA and the Teaching Certification in a dual track. We recommend obtaining the Teaching Certification in conjunction with our MA program in Languages and Cultures, as teachers with a graduate degree can strengthen their knowledge of the field, as well as earn a higher salary.

Graduate students in the dual track (MA in French, German, or Spanish + Teaching Certification in French, German, or Spanish) may choose to do their teaching certification coursework first and then continue with their graduate courses in Languages and Cultures, if so desired.

MA Languages and Cultures Requirement

MA in Languages and Cultures (in French, German, or Spanish) + Graduate Teaching Certification (Dual Track Students) 

3 Online Core Courses in English (9 credits) 


  • LNC 501 Linguistic Studies
  • LNC 502 Interpretive Strategies
  • LNC 503 Cultural Studies 



6 Target-Language Courses (18 credits)

Select at least two Culture area courses; at least 2 Communication area courses; and 2 additional target-language courses from any of the Culture or Communication categories in your concentration language.

  • 
Complete Assessment 7 in one of these courses.

Graduate Teaching Certification Only (Post-baccalaureate Students)  


2 Target-Language Courses (6 credits) 

Students doing only the Teaching Certification must take at least two graduate target-language courses from any of the Culture or Communication categories in their concentration language.

  • 
Complete Assessment 7 in one of these courses.

Courses Prior to Teacher Candidacy

Courses Prior to Teacher Candidacy (18-21 Credits)

  • ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (required for PA K-12 Teaching Certification)
  • EDA 511 Inclusion and Collaboration
  • ERM 531 Principles of Educational Testing
  • EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDP 550 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDP 569 Adolescent Development and Learning (soon will be substituted with EDF 511 Foundations of Transformative Education)  


Obtain Clearances

Education Courses

Education Courses after Admission to Teacher Candidacy (22-24 Credits)

  • EDT 500 Educational Technology (or EDM 349 1 credit Technology Tools Teacher/Learning)
  • SED 505 Field Experience For Secondary Teachers
  • EDR 550 Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classroom
  • LAN 503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching (prerequisite if candidate has never taken a linguistics course: LIN 501 or LNC 501)
  • SED 411 Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half  (6 credits)*
  • SED 412 Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half  (6 credits total)*

*Student teaching is not for graduate credit but is required for PA K-12 Teaching Certification.

 

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