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Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

The Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program prepares speakers of Chinese (Mandarin) who are already certified as teachers, or have a bachelor’s degree, to teach Chinese language and culture in American schools. For those who are yet to be certified as teachers, successful completion of the program leads to initial (standard) Michigan secondary certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement. For teachers who are already certified in Michigan, completion of the required academic coursework and field experiences qualifies them to add the K-12 Chinese endorsement to their teaching credentials. This is a program for candidates who are already proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).

There are two options for program completion. The first is a two-year teacher residency program that yields teacher certification, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum and provides some financial support. The second is a 15-month program that is only for teacher certification. Please see below for the description of both programs.

Summer #1

  • TE 891A TCFL (3 credits) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • TE 818 (3 credits) Curriculum in Social Context (A Comparison of Chinese and American Educational Systems)
  • Field Experiences

Fall #1

  • TE 894, Section 003 (2 credits) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 891 A CFL Thread (1 credit) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • CEP 891 (3 credits) Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Youth
  • Submit MATC and Teacher Residency applications

Spring #1

  • TE 894, Section 003 (2 credits) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 891A CFL Thread (1 credit) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • TE 891B (3 credits) Special Topics: Classroom Management for Teaching Chinese in American Schools

Summer #2

  • TE 842 (3 credits) Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 843 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects

Fall #2

  • TE 894, Section 003 (1 credit) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 807/808 (3 credits) MATC Course, Professional Development & Inquiry or Inquiry Classroom Teaching and Learning

Spring #2

  • TE 894, Section 003 (1 credit) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 870/872 (3 credits) MATC Course, Curriculum Design and Development in Schools or Teachers as Teacher Educators

Teacher Certification Program Only (15-month program)

Individuals who are only interested in obtaining their Michigan Teacher Certification may do so through a 15-month program that leads to an initial (standard) Michigan Secondary certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement. This program consists of 26 credits, pre-internship field experiences and a one-year teaching internship. Candidates who choose to only pursue certification are ineligible for both the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Residency financial support and the federal TEACH Grant.

Field experiences are site-based. During the first summer, all pre-internship field experience sites are in the Greater Lansing/East Lansing area. Following successful completion of the initial summer pre-internship field experiences, candidates are required to be in a teaching intern apprenticeship position for a full (K-12) school year in a Michigan school district, as interns must attend courses on campus one day a week. Teacher candidates are not allowed to seek or arrange their own placements. We ask teacher candidates to express some of their preferences regarding placements, but we cannot guarantee to satisfy those requests.

Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Only Course of Study:

Summer #1

  • TE 891A TCFL (3 credits) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • TE 818 (3 credits) Curriculum in Social Context (A Comparison of Chinese and American Educational Systems)
  • Field Experiences

Fall #1

  • TE 894, Section 003 (2 credits) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 891 A CFL Thread (1 credit) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • CEP 891 (3 credits) Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Youth

Spring #1

  • TE 894, Section 003 (2 credits) Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
  • TE 891A CFL Thread (1 credit) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • TE 891B (3 credits) Special Topics: Classroom Management for Teaching Chinese in American Schools

Summer #2

  • TE 842 (3 credits) Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 843 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects

Completion of the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

At the end of the program, the typical candidate will have met the requirements for teacher certification in Michigan (see requirements below). Candidates must apply for the Michigan Provisional Certificate through the MSU Certification Office in 134 Erickson Hall.

Students who have completed (or are completing) the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program can apply for admission to the MATC Program through MSU’s Teacher Education Department for a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) Program. Admission to the graduate program requires a separate application. In addition to satisfying the requirements for the teacher certification program, students admitted to the master’s degree program must take additional graduate-level coursework to earn the master’s degree (listed above).

Certification Requirements

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:

  • Complete all requirements for the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program with a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 and no single grade in any academic course below 3.0
  • Submit official scores for your SAT-with-Essay
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject test in Chinese (Mandarin) (101)
  • Demonstrate oral Mandarin proficiency at a minimum level of intermediate high on the OPI or OPIc.
  • Submit the Conviction Disclosure Form
  • Meet the College of Education’s technology requirement and professional standards

Application Checklist

  • Application
  • Writing Sample (prompt provided) or Essay (will be sent via e-mail once the application has been received)
  • Professional Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts (transcripts and graduation certificate or diploma) (2 official copies are required if submitting foreign transcripts)
  • Degrees Obtained from Mainland China Must Provide
  • Degree Verification through CDGDC
  • Transcript Verification through CHESICC
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Mandarin Proficiency
  • ACTFL OPI or OPIc (Chinese Oral Proficiency)
  • ACTFL WPT (Chinese Writing Proficiency)
  • English Proficiency
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MSUELT scores (English proficiency)
  • SAT-with-Essay Scores
  • WES Transcript Evaluation
  • Conviction Disclosure Form

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