"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." ‒Nelson Mandela

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

It will take a minimum of three semesters; 18-21 credit hours.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: May 1

World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate

The World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate is for individuals who hold a university undergraduate or graduate degree (with a GPA higher than 2.50) to return for the preparation required to be recommended for clear and renewable certification (grades kindergarten through 12th-grade) to the Georgia Performance Standards Commission (GaPSC) to teach a world language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean).

GSU World Languages and Cultures M.A. students may use nine credits from their program (FORL 6128 and electives FORL 8125 and FORL 8126), leaving only 9-12 more credits needed to be recommended for a renewable certificate.

This program is grounded in educational theory, research and best teaching practices, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical experience in kindergarten through 12th grade. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

This program also includes the option of pursuing a Dual Language Immersion endorsement for individuals with an interest in teaching elementary school courses (typically math, science and social science) in the target language with additional coursework.

World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” ‒Nelson Mandela

The World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate is for individuals who hold a university undergraduate or graduate degree (with a GPA higher than 2.50) to return for the preparation required to be recommended for clear and renewable certification (grades kindergarten through 12th-grade) to the Georgia Performance Standards Commission (GaPSC) to teach a world language (Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean).

GSU World Languages and Cultures M.A. students may use nine credits from their program (FORL 6128 and electives FORL 8125 and FORL 8126), leaving only 9-12 more credits needed to be recommended for a renewable certificate.

This program is grounded in educational theory, research and best teaching practices, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical experience in kindergarten through 12th grade. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

This program also includes the option of pursuing a Dual Language Immersion endorsement for individuals with an interest in teaching elementary school courses (typically math, science and social science) in the target language with additional coursework.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

It will take a minimum of three semesters; 18-21 credit hours.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: May 1

Program Highlights

The What and Why of My Program

Learn more about Ryan Armstrong’s reasons for studying the World Language program.

“I really appreciate the emphasis on social justice in the curriculum.”

Careers

Successful program graduates will be well prepared to work in public, charter and private schools and school systems in the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

Graduate placements include:

  • Atlanta City Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • Decatur City Schools
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Gwinnett County Schools
  • International schools

Program Details

When applying to the World Language Teacher Certification; Graduate Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Successful completion of GACE Foreign Language content exam or ACTFL OPI
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Goal Statement (upload with application – statement should describe interest in teaching and background experiences in the target language use –study abroad, family connections, travel, or favorite coursework)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application); (a) academic professional letter, (b) a letter from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s personal qualifications, experience, and background in light of the potential to work successfully with students at the P-12 levels or (c) a letter from a current work supervisor (if applicable)
  • Official Transcript(s): minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

If you do not already meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

  • Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350)
  • GACE Program Admission Assessment

You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT/GRE/or SAT. — For exemption score details, click here.

View information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry.

View the World Languages Teacher Graduate Certificate Program Advising Check Sheet.

The World Languages Teacher Certification Certificate provides initial teacher preparation in Foreign Language Education for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree and who have an interest in teaching Spanish, German, French, Chinese or Korean in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade settings. The course of study meets the requirements for professional certification at the initial level. The World Language Teacher Certification Certificate is awarded.

Degree requirements include:

  • Three credits in general education coursework (EXC 4020)
  • Nine credits in your teaching field/ major (FORL 6122/6128, FORL 8125, FORL 8126)
  • Six to 15 credits in field placement work

(for a total of 18 semester hours)

Coursework includes field experience in teaching diverse world language learners, developing and marketing second language teaching skills and approaches to language teaching, to name a few.

Description

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Paula Garrett-Rucks
prucks@gsu.edu

Middle and Secondary Education
TeacherPrepMSE@gsu.edu
404-413-8060

Mailing Address and Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.