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Foreign Language Teaching

Graduate Certificate

Online

Course Delivery

10

Total Credits

$7,000

Tuition

1 year

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

For experienced language educators and new teachers entering the field, the graduate certificate in Foreign Language Teaching offers a path to professional development that parallels the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (online since 2012). Our students and alumni teach a wide range of languages, in face-to-face and online contexts, from locations across the U.S. and around the globe. Our faculty are highly trained instructors and researchers who will guide you to explore contemporary methods and practices, second language acquisition theory, and national and international standards. Our courses use instructional technology extensively to support interaction and engagement, and they incorporate content and assignments that you can immediately apply to your planning and instruction.

Maybe you already have a master’s degree in literature, education, international relations, or another area. Maybe you want to try online learning before you make a bigger commitment. Maybe you need a few courses to complete or maintain your state certification. In any case, the FLT certificate will give you a coherent experience that enhances your skills, opens doors, and connects you to a community of motivated and inquisitive educators like you. If you want to continue learning, you can count your certificate courses toward the full master’s degree. 

FLT courses are fully online and asynchronous, and they are offered throughout the year. The MAFLT and FLT Certificate are fully accredited, with flexible options for pacing.
 

Program Outcomes

To earn the FLT Certificate, you will complete 10 credits. Customize your plan by choosing three courses from the same slate offered to MAFLT students (9 credits). Then you will showcase what you have learned and created by building your own teaching portfolio website (1 credit).

Core courses for the certificate – choose one (3 credits):
• Methods of Foreign Language Teaching or
• Program Development and Administration

Additional courses – choose two (6 credits) from topics including:
• Instructional technology in FLT
• Culture and intercultural competence in FLT
• Assessment of foreign language proficiency
• Language concepts and linguistic analysis for teachers
• Foreign and second language acquisition (SLA)
• Sociolinguistics and the pedagogy of speaking and listening
• Literacy, biliteracy, and the pedagogy of reading and writing

Final Portfolio course (1 credit)

 

Career Outlook

The FLT Certificate offers two customizable paths, depending on your career and goals.

Entering the Field: Are you just getting started as a language teacher? Are you looking for a structured way to update your skills? Your core course will be Methods of Foreign Language Teaching, and you can continue with courses on the topics that interest you most.

Advancing in the Field: Are you an experienced language educator seeking out further guidance and considering leadership roles? Your core course will be Program Development and Administration, and you can combine it with a deep dive into areas you want to strengthen.

Either way, the FLT certificate will be a valuable asset when you are applying for a new position, preparing for a new role in your school or district, designing materials and curriculum in new ways, or seeking teachers who can collaborate with you. It also gives you a structured plan if you need a few courses to complete or maintain your teaching certification. In addition to the credential, you will improve your ability to articulate how and why you teach the way you do for your colleagues, supervisors, parents of students, and other stakeholders.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report

 

Amanda Lanier headshot

Dr. Amanda Lanier

Assistant Professor and Director of MAFLT program

Dr. Amanda Lanier is an applied linguist who focuses on social and cultural aspects of language learning, teacher cognition, and corpus-based analysis of language in use. She has her primary appointment in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) and is affiliated with the MSU Second Language Studies (SLS) program. Over the years she has studied four additional languages; taught English as a foreign and second language; and conducted research involving teachers of Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, and Spanish, as well as working with teachers of 18 languages (and counting) in the MAFLT. She is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the National Council for Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), and the Michigan World Language Association (MiWLA) and presents regularly at those and other conferences with students and alumni. 

 

Course Information

Core courses for certificate (choose one):

FLT 807 - Foreign Language Teaching Methods (3 Credits)

FLT 817 - Foreign Language Program Development and Administration (3 Credits)

Elective courses for certificate (choose two):

FLT 808 - Assessment for Foreign Language Teaching (3 Credits)

FLT 815 - Teaching Culture in Foreign Language Courses (3 Credits)

FLT 845 - Language Concepts for Foreign Language Teaching (3 Credits)

FLT 860 – Foreign or Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

FLT 881 - Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology (3 Credits)

FLT 841 – Special Topics in FLT (topics may include Sociolinguistics, Biliteracy, etc.) (3 Credits)

Required course for completing certificate:

FLT 898 Comprehensive Exam / Final Portfolio (1 credit)

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Previous work experience preferred (Résumé/CV)
  • TOEFL/IELTS if English is not your native language and/or writing sample demonstrating advanced English language proficiency, if your prior schooling was not conducted in English
  • A written personal statement summarizing your background and interest in the program
  • An academic statement summarizing your prior schooling and preparation for graduate coursework
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application 

Key Dates

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

June 1st


Spring Semester

Application Deadline

October 15th

 

Summer Semester

Application Deadline

April 1st

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
International Tuition
$7,000
$7,000
$7,000

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

For experienced language educators and new teachers entering the field, the graduate certificate in Foreign Language Teaching offers a path to professional development that parallels the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (online since 2012). Our students and alumni teach a wide range of languages, in face-to-face and online contexts, from locations across the U.S. and around the globe. Our faculty are highly trained instructors and researchers who will guide you to explore contemporary methods and practices, second language acquisition theory, and national and international standards. Our courses use instructional technology extensively to support interaction and engagement, and they incorporate content and assignments that you can immediately apply to your planning and instruction.

Maybe you already have a master’s degree in literature, education, international relations, or another area. Maybe you want to try online learning before you make a bigger commitment. Maybe you need a few courses to complete or maintain your state certification. In any case, the FLT certificate will give you a coherent experience that enhances your skills, opens doors, and connects you to a community of motivated and inquisitive educators like you. If you want to continue learning, you can count your certificate courses toward the full master’s degree. 

FLT courses are fully online and asynchronous, and they are offered throughout the year. The MAFLT and FLT Certificate are fully accredited, with flexible options for pacing.
 

Program Outcomes

To earn the FLT Certificate, you will complete 10 credits. Customize your plan by choosing three courses from the same slate offered to MAFLT students (9 credits). Then you will showcase what you have learned and created by building your own teaching portfolio website (1 credit).

Core courses for the certificate – choose one (3 credits):
• Methods of Foreign Language Teaching or
• Program Development and Administration

Additional courses – choose two (6 credits) from topics including:
• Instructional technology in FLT
• Culture and intercultural competence in FLT
• Assessment of foreign language proficiency
• Language concepts and linguistic analysis for teachers
• Foreign and second language acquisition (SLA)
• Sociolinguistics and the pedagogy of speaking and listening
• Literacy, biliteracy, and the pedagogy of reading and writing

Final Portfolio course (1 credit)

 

Career Outlook

The FLT Certificate offers two customizable paths, depending on your career and goals.

Entering the Field: Are you just getting started as a language teacher? Are you looking for a structured way to update your skills? Your core course will be Methods of Foreign Language Teaching, and you can continue with courses on the topics that interest you most.

Advancing in the Field: Are you an experienced language educator seeking out further guidance and considering leadership roles? Your core course will be Program Development and Administration, and you can combine it with a deep dive into areas you want to strengthen.

Either way, the FLT certificate will be a valuable asset when you are applying for a new position, preparing for a new role in your school or district, designing materials and curriculum in new ways, or seeking teachers who can collaborate with you. It also gives you a structured plan if you need a few courses to complete or maintain your teaching certification. In addition to the credential, you will improve your ability to articulate how and why you teach the way you do for your colleagues, supervisors, parents of students, and other stakeholders.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report

 

Amanda Lanier headshot

Dr. Amanda Lanier

Assistant Professor and Director of MAFLT program

Dr. Amanda Lanier is an applied linguist who focuses on social and cultural aspects of language learning, teacher cognition, and corpus-based analysis of language in use. She has her primary appointment in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) and is affiliated with the MSU Second Language Studies (SLS) program. Over the years she has studied four additional languages; taught English as a foreign and second language; and conducted research involving teachers of Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, and Spanish, as well as working with teachers of 18 languages (and counting) in the MAFLT. She is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the National Council for Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), and the Michigan World Language Association (MiWLA) and presents regularly at those and other conferences with students and alumni. 

 

Course Information

Core courses for certificate (choose one):

FLT 807 - Foreign Language Teaching Methods (3 Credits)

FLT 817 - Foreign Language Program Development and Administration (3 Credits)

Elective courses for certificate (choose two):

FLT 808 - Assessment for Foreign Language Teaching (3 Credits)

FLT 815 - Teaching Culture in Foreign Language Courses (3 Credits)

FLT 845 - Language Concepts for Foreign Language Teaching (3 Credits)

FLT 860 – Foreign or Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

FLT 881 - Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology (3 Credits)

FLT 841 – Special Topics in FLT (topics may include Sociolinguistics, Biliteracy, etc.) (3 Credits)

Required course for completing certificate:

FLT 898 Comprehensive Exam / Final Portfolio (1 credit)

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Previous work experience preferred (Résumé/CV)
  • TOEFL/IELTS if English is not your native language and/or writing sample demonstrating advanced English language proficiency, if your prior schooling was not conducted in English
  • A written personal statement summarizing your background and interest in the program
  • An academic statement summarizing your prior schooling and preparation for graduate coursework
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application 

Key Dates

Fall Semester

Application Deadline

June 1st


Spring Semester

Application Deadline

October 15th

 

Summer Semester

Application Deadline

April 1st

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
International Tuition
$7,000
$7,000
$7,000

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

MSU provides programs and initiatives that support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to put in place inclusive recruitment and retention practices. We nurture and promote individuals’ varied experiences and perspectives, ensuring structures and processes make possible full participation by all members of our community.

MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.