College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

World/classical language additional teaching license

The Additional Teaching Licensure program in World Languages is designed for practicing teachers who hold a current Minnesota teaching license and want to add or extend a license to teach a world or classical language.

This program is designed for working professionals. Most of the courses are offered in the evening during the school year and several are offered during the summer.

About this program


After you are admitted, you will receive a customized curriculum plan of courses to take to be recommended for licensure. This ensures you get maximum credit for previous academic courses completed and teaching experience.

Following are the state-required competency areas and corresponding U of M course requirements for the world language license.

  • Teaching world languages and cultures in elementary settings
  • Culture as the core in the multilingual classroom
  • Foundations of multilingual and cultures education
  • Teaching literacy in multilingual classrooms
  • Teaching speaking and listening in multilingual classrooms
  • Foreign language testing and assessment OR CI 5625 Developing assessments for the multilingual classroom
  • Multilingual curriculum design OR CI 5624 Content-based language instruction and curriculum development
  • Practicum: Teaching world languages and cultures in elementary schools
  • Student teaching in multilingual and cultures

In order to be recommend for your Minnesota k-12 World/Classical Languages teaching license, you must successfully complete these licensure requirements required by the state of Minnesota and core competencies. This material is available in alternative formats upon request. Direct requests to the Office of Teacher Education at, 612-625-5060.

Master's of education

You can pursue the additional licensure alone or together with the MEd Professional Studies in Multilingual Education. You will need to apply to both the additional license program and the MEd program, then work with your adviser to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously.

How to apply

    Application deadline and instructions


    • Current state of Minnesota teaching license.
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.
    • Successful completion of at least two upper-division courses focusing on the development of advanced grammar and composition skills in the language you wish to teach OR successful completion of university-level academic coursework in the language you wish to teach.
    • Oral proficiency with a rating of Advanced Low or higher. Register for the test through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

    Application Deadlines:

    • October 1 for Spring admission
    • February 1 for Summer admission
    • June 1 for Fall admission

    Admission decisions are made up to 8 weeks after the application deadline. The number of credits required to complete this program varies based on past coursework, which will be determined upon receipt of your application.

    For more information, contact faculty advisor, Sam David.

    Tuition and funding

    Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency.

    If you are seeking only the certificate, you pay the CEHD departmental master's tuition rate. More cost information is on the CEHD site.

    Application requirements

    Adding a teaching license requires a current Minnesota state teaching license along with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

    To apply you will need:

    • Unofficial transcripts: Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty advisor.
    • Resume: Upload in the Program Supplementary Information -Graduate Program Additional Application section.
    • Educational goal statement: Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.
    • Current Minnesota teaching license: Upload in the Department\Program Forms section.

    Complete only the following sections:

    • Personal information
    • Application information
    • Educational background
    • Employment/Residence information


    International applicants

    International applicants may also need:

    An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English.
    A course by course evaluation may be required.
    TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

    Additional admissions information

    Earn your master’s in education

    You can pursue the additional license alone or pursue the additional license and an MEd Professional Studies degree in the same program area concurrently.

    You will need to apply to both the additional license and MEd program and then work with your advisor to plan your coursework to meet both requirements simultaneously. More information on application to the MEd program.

    Contact the program faculty in your area of interest for more information:

    Visual Arts License, Jim Bequette
    Theatre or dance license, Betsy Maloney Leaf
    English as a Second Language license, Sam David
    Math licenses, Terrence Wyberg
    Science licenses, Gillian Roehrig
    World Languages, Sam David


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