Foreign Language Teaching (non-certifiable)

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Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching (non-certifiable)

Dr. Antionette Barffour, Program Director
Siceluff Hall, Room 134
Phone 417-836-6600

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching is a 12-hour concentration in graduate studies focused on principles of non-native language acquisition and on pedagogical approaches to teaching foreign languages. It is designed for students interested in careers in foreign language teaching and for experienced language educators seeking professional development. This certificate does not lead to teaching certification, although classes may count toward different certification requirements. Seated courses are offered in the evening. Students may be able to complete the program entirely online.

Admission requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a foreign language from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university or a bachelor’s degree and a score of intermediate-high or higher on the OPI (or equivalent) in any foreign language.
  2. A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work or completion of 9 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  3. Admission application (all materials) deadline is 35 days prior to the start of the desired beginning semester.
  4. All additional university and Graduate College requirements for admission to a certificate program.

Double counting of coursework

Graduate certificate programs must differ from one another by at least 2 courses or 40% of the total certificate credit hours.

Required courses

Choose 4 courses (12 hours) from the list below:

Course code Course Title Credit hours
MCL 691 Principles of Linguistics 3
MCL 695 Principles Second Language Acquisition 3
MCL 700 Advanced Teaching Methods and Technology 3
MCL 706 Materials and Assessments in Foreign Language Teaching 3
MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for Foreign Languages 3