Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program

(Post Baccalaureate-Expedited)

The Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program (CLTCP) is a Post Baccalaureate Expedited certification program that prepares speakers of Chinese (Mandarin) with a bachelor’s degree and no Michigan teaching certification to teach Chinese language and culture in U.S. schools. Successful completion of the program leads to initial (standard) Michigan certification with a Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) Chinese endorsement. This is a program for candidates who are already proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).

There are four pathways to completion of the Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program.  The first, called the Residency Pathway, is a two-year teacher residency pathway that provides some financial support and yields initial (standard) Michigan secondary certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC). The second is the Certification-only Pathway, a 15-month program that only grants teacher certification.  Current Michigan State University (MSU) students with an Elementary Education major in their senior year can apply to merge their internship year with the CLTCP in the Elementary Education Residency Pathway to earn initial (standard) Michigan elementary certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement and a MATC.  Lastly, current MSU students with a Special Education major in their senior year can also apply to merge their internship year with the CLTCP in the Special Education Residency Pathway. They will earn initial (standard) Michigan elementary certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement, their specific special education endorsement, and a MATC.  Please see below for the description of these pathways.

Application deadline: We are now accepting applications to each pathway of the Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program (CLTCP) for the 2023-2024 academic year that starts in May of 2023. International applicants must submit all application packet requirements by January 15, 2023. Domestic applicants must submit all application packet requirements by March 15, 2023. Many of the application items can take some weeks for processing.  Please make sure to begin the application process early. Questions should be directed to 517.884.6061 or cltcp@msu.edu.

To apply for any of the CLTCP pathways, please visit our Admission Requirements page at the link below:

Completion of the Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program

At the end of the program, no matter the pathway taken, the typical candidate will have met the requirements for teacher certification in Michigan (see requirements below).  In order to receive this certification, candidates must apply for the Michigan Provisional Certificate through the MSU Certification Office in 134 Erickson Hall.

Students who are completing any of the three residency pathways will apply for and complete the MATC program through MSU’s Teacher Education Department for a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) as part of their curriculum. At the appropriate time in their first year, students will be prompted to contact the MATC program secretary (at matc@msu.edu) to complete the application process.  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 (these courses are included in the schedules listed above).

Certification Requirements

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:

  • Complete all requirements for their pathway within the Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program with a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 and no single grade in any academic course below 3.0
  • Pass the necessary Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
    • All students must pass the MTTC subject test in Chinese (Mandarin) (101)
    • Elementary Education Residency Pathway students must also pass the MTTC Elementary Education test (103) and any endorsements that will be applied to their Elementary Education program
    • Special Education Residency Pathway students must also pass the MTTC Elementary Education test (103), the applicable MTTC test for Special Education, and any required tests for endorsements that will be applied to their program
    • Our program will be in touch with you about how to register for these tests
  • Demonstrate oral Mandarin proficiency at a minimum level of intermediate high on the ACTFL OPI or OPIc
  • Submit the Conviction Disclosure Form to CLTCP (cltcp@msu.edu)
  • Meet the College of Education’s Technology Requirement and Professional Standards

Depending on the pathway taken, additional requirements may be applicable.  Please direct any questions to your CLTCP academic advisor or cltcp@msu.edu.

To apply for any of the CLTCP pathways, please visit our Admission Requirements page at the link below: