College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Advanced practices in second language teaching certificate

The graduate certificate in Advanced Practices in multilingual teaching is designed for practicing teachers of world languages and/or English as a second language. The certificate helps further educators’ academic program and professional skills. The program is offered in tandem with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) summer institutes. To complete the certificate, students may take multilingual education courses during the academic year and/or CARLA summer institutes.

Courses are offered in both blended, in-person, and online formats that vary semester to semester.

The certificate does not lead to licensure.



Complete 12 credits. Core requirements include 8–9 credits. Students take at least one course in each of three focus areas:

Core requirement topics include:

  • Technology and language teaching
  • Cultural and social issues in language teaching
  • Innovations in curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Courses that correspond to each of the focus areas are listed in the course catalog. In addition, students complete 3–4 elective credits, selected in consultation with the faculty advisor. View the curriculum for the certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching. Click Requirements, then Program Requirements to view courses. 

How to apply

    Application deadline and instructions

    Priority Admissions:

    • December 15 (spring start). Earlier application is advised for spring semester.
    • April 30 (summer start)
    • July 31 (fall start)

    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.

    Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Application requirements

    Before applying online, make sure you have all the required materials. We are here to help! If you have questions, please contact the academic advisor in your program area. Even if you are a currently enrolled student, you must apply to earn a certificate. We also require 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.
    • Resume: Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
    • Statement of purpose: Explain the relationship of courses and research to your professional goals. (Recommended length: two pages).

    Additional admissions information

    International applicants

    This program does not support VISA requirements; if you need a VISA, please view our Master of Education degree option instead.

    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

    Contact and advisor


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