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Postbaccalaureate Certification in K–12 World Languages

Students wishing to pursue initial certification (grades K–12) as a teacher of a World Language (French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish) can do so by fulfilling the requirements of our undergraduate certification program (see checksheet) as a postbaccalaureate student.  The time required to complete this program varies depending on the student’s undergraduate preparation, usually ranging between four and six semesters of full-time study.  In addition, students will be expected to participate in a study-abroad program to develop proficiency in their language of specialization as well as their knowledge of the target culture (unless they already have a comparable immersion experience in their specialty language). Students in the certification program also participate in EDUCATE, our notebook computer requirement, as described at the EDUCATE Web site.

For further information contact:

Dr. Matthew E. Poehner
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
159 Chambers Bldg.
University Park, PA  16802
(814) 865-2161