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Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

The Chinese Teacher Certification Program (CTCP) prepares speakers of Chinese (Mandarin) who are already certified as teachers, or have bachelor’s degrees, to teach Chinese language and culture in American schools. For those who are not yet certified as teachers, successful completion of the program leads to initial (provisional) Michigan 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 certificates. This is a fifteen-month program for candidates who are already proficient in Chinese (Mandarin). The equivalent of four years of Chinese (Mandarin) at the university level is required.

CTCP Curriculum

The Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program is currently under curricular reform. Updates outlining the revised program will be posted as they become available. Please check back later for updates. All students admitted after March 1, 2019 will follow the fifteen-month program. All students admitted before March 1st, 2019 will continue to follow the existing curriculum. These students will be held to the program requirements that have been in place. (See the sections of “Field Experience Requirements,” “Completion of the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program,” and “Requirements for Teacher Certification” on this page)


Fifteen-Month Program (students admitted after March 1, 2019):

Summer

  • 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)
  • CEP 891 (3 credits) Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Youth

Fall

  • TE 894, Section 003 (3 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
  • TE 891B (3 credits) Special Topics: Classroom Management for Teaching Chinese in American Schools

Spring

  • TE 894, Section 003 (3 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 843 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects

Summer

  • TE 842 (3 credits) Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 807/808 (3 credits) MATC Course, Professional Development & Inquiry or Inquiry Classroom Teaching and Learning *
  • TE 870/872 (3 credits) MATC Course, Curriculum Design and Development in Schools or Teachers as Teacher Educators *

* These are the required courses to complete the MATC Program


Course schedule for students admitted prior to March 1, 2019:

Year 1

Summer
  • TE 818 (3 credits) Curriculum in Social Context (A Comparison of Chinese and American Educational Systems)
  • TE 891A (3 credits) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • Summer Camp
Fall
  • TE 894 (2 credits) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
Spring
  • TE 894 (2 credits) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling

Year 2

Summer
  • TE 891B (3 credits) Special Topics: Classroom Management for Teaching Chinese in American Schools
  • CEP 891 (3 credits) Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Youth
Fall
  • TE 842 (3 credits) Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 894 (1 credit) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling
Spring
  • TE 843 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects
  • TE 894 (1 credit) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling

Field Experience Requirements

All candidates are required to participate in two distinct field experiences. During the first summer, candidates are required to take classes on campus. A requirement related to those courses are teaching experiences including Chinese-language summer camp, observations, and tutoring. Candidates are required to be on campus during the first summer.

Following successful completion of the initial summer experience, candidates are required to be in a teaching internship position in Michigan. Candidates are not allowed to request specific placements. Course credit for the school field experience is earned through registration in TE 894 in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Teaching placements are for the full school-year calendar.

For those simultaneously completing the CTCP Program and their Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) degree, completion of TE 894 credits may be taken in conjunction with TE 807/808 and TE 870/872 during their final year of study.


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. 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 CTCP can apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) Program 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. (See asterisks in CTCP Curriculum)


Requirements for Teacher Certification

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:

  • Complete all requirements for the Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program with a minimum overall GPA of  at least 2.5 and no single grade in a TE/CEP course below 2.0
  • Submit official scores for your SAT Test—Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 or higher, Mathematics: 530 or higher
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject test in Chinese (Mandarin) (101)
  • Demonstrate oral proficiency in standard Mandarin by scheduling an oral proficiency interview with CeLTA.
  • Turn in the Conviction Disclosure Form
  • Meet the College of Education’s technology requirement and professional standards

Please see Admission Information