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How long will it take?

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

Where will I take classes?

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

World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate

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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.

For individuals seeking a Masters degree with teaching certification, the 30 credit Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in World Languages Education program affords program graduates the opportunity to explore multidisciplinary teaching with the possibility of an endorsement (ESOL, DLI, Urban Education) or to deepen their mastery of the target language. The World Language Teacher Graduate Certificate is embedded in the 30 credit MIS in World Languages Education. Thus, the MIS leads to a teaching degree with a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia with a step advance on the pay scale above the (T4) certification only.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

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.”

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: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

View the World Languages Teacher Graduate Certificate Program Advising Check Sheets with the following documents included:

  1. Certification Only
  2. Certification with Masters
  3. Masters without Certification

Degree requirements include:

  • Three credits in general education coursework (EXC 4020)
  • Nine credits in your teaching field/ major (FORL 6122/6128, FORL 7125, FORL 7126)
  • 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.

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.



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


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