Teacher Certification Programs

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Teacher Certification Programs

With the growing interest in implementing early foreign language programs in schools, the need for more qualified teachers is increasing. Consequently, there is a strong demand for inservice and preservice programs to prepare early foreign language educators. Such programs focus on methods for teaching languages to children, first and second language acquisition of children, the teaching practicum, and other related topics.

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This resource, alphabetized by state, is a preliminary compilation of the early foreign language teacher training programs in the Northeast states. If you would like your program listed or know of others, please contact us by e-mail.

Also, please check the following resources:


Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Training Program (IB/M), Foreign Language Education Track University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
This is a five-year program with certification in World Languages (7-12) in French, Spanish, or German.

Note: In Connecticut, K-8 FL teachers first need certification in 7-12 FL, then they take two add-on classes: Language Acquisition and FLES Methods. The IB/M program includes the courses for 7-12 certification and all add-on classes.

For a list of universities in Connecticut that offer the two add-on classes, see the State Department of Education Web site.



Master of Education in World Language Instruction, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
The program mixes online learning and on-site classes and observations over the summer at Concordia Language Villages.  The summer coursework takes place in a three-week block in July at Concordia Language Villages in northern Minnesota.  The program is appropriate for any educator interested in world language pedagogy. For more information, visit the Web site, call 1-800-222-4750 or e-mail educators@cord.edu with questions.


New Jersey

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with Major in Spanish, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
Both of these four-year degree programs includes a semester abroad.

Master of Arts in Applied Spanish Studies, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
The program offers students an advanced program of study in Spanish language, literature, linguistics, and culture with an applied focus to the K–12 classroom. The program stresses the intersection of second language acquisition methodologies with the study of various areas of interest within the discipline, and how best to apply this knowledge in creating learning units for the K–12 classroom.


New York

FLES- Special Certification, Dowling Institute, NY.
Instruction of Foreign Languages at the Elementary School Level.
Certification will be granted by the NY State Department of Education upon completion of the three credit 45 hour course, which also includes a teaching practicum.



Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language, Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Cultures, Bennington College, VT.
The Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language (MATSL) degree at Bennington College is a low-residency program designed for working K-12 teachers of French and Spanish, with a new session beginning in July of each year. Focus is on improving language skills, deepening cultural knowledge, developing leadership abilities, and cultivating pedagogical knowledge and skills. Working teachers earn an MATSL degree in seven weeks of on-campus study: three weeks during the first two summers and one week during a third summer. During the two academic years between the residency periods, degree candidates complete online coursework. Participants in the program do not need to be residents of Vermont.

Master of Arts in Teaching French or Spanish, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.
A one-year program with concentrations in French and Spanish. Students attend two summer sessions, one fall semester, and one winter practicum.

Master of Arts Program For Practicing Teachers of French, Spanish, or English to Speakers of Other Languages, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.
Students attend classes for two intensive 8-week sessions in consecutive summers, returning in the interim year to their job sites, where they apply what they have learned on campus. Online and on-site faculty provide mentoring during the interim year teaching practicum.

Updated May 16, 2014