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Dual Language and Immersion Education Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 125 Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-4006; fax: 612-624-8277)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Dual Language Immersion Education PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This graduate-level certificate program gives students an opportunity to complete a coordinated series of courses in the area of dual language and immersion education. The program does not lead to a state teaching certificate or licensure (note that a university certificate program or certificate is distinct from a state certificate or certification). In Minnesota and other states in the U.S., dual language/immersion teachers at the elementary level are required to hold a teaching license in elementary education, and at the secondary level a license in the subject matter they teach (e.g., science, social studies, math). The University of Minnesota offers initial teacher licensure programs for individuals not yet licensed, and additional teacher licensure programs for those individuals who already hold a MN teaching license and wish to add another. The dual language and immersion education certificate program is designed for preK-12 teachers and other professionals to be able to work effectively in the following school-based program models: - "One-way" foreign language immersion programs designed for native English-speaking students - "Two-way" bilingual immersion programs designed for native English-speaking students and native speakers of the program's partner language, such as Spanish - Developmental bilingual programs designed for minority language learners, such as native Spanish speakers - Indigenous language immersion programs designed for Native American children in indigenous communities with the goal of revitalizing an endangered language and culture In dual language and immersion programs, the second/foreign/minority language that students are acquiring is a vehicle to teach school subjects. In order to be considered a dual language or immersion program, the immersion language must be used for at least 50 percent of subject-matter instruction during the elementary school years. In a middle/secondary continuation program, at least two, year-long content courses must be taught in the immersion language. These programs aim for "additive bilingualism and biliteracy," or the acquisition of another language at no expense to the first, native language. Research shows that well-implemented programs allow students to develop higher levels of language proficiency in the immersion language than in any other type of language program model. This unique University certificate program is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a coherent set of courses designed specifically for dual language and immersion teachers, and other professionals. Offered by the college's Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), the program was designed jointly by the college's Second Languages and Cultures (SLC) education faculty, and representatives of dual language and immersion programs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
A completed bachelor's degree is required for admission.
Students currently enrolled in a University of Minnesota graduate-level degree program may also apply.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants should either be currently practicing as dual language or immersion educators, or provide evidence of the necessary background and interest (based on a goal statement). This certificate program is available to graduate-level students only. Coursework taken before completion of the bachelor's degree cannot be applied to the certificate program.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit transcripts from every college attended (even those where a degree wasn't earned), scores from the TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB (if applicable), a resume, and a goal statement (only if applicant is not a practicing dual language or immersion educator). Certificate applications are reviewed by the department three times per academic year: Fall, Spring and Summer.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Core Courses (9 credits)
CI 5670 - Foundations of Dual Language and Immersion Education (3.0 cr)
CI 5671 - Curriculum Development and Assessment in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3.0 cr)
CI 5672 - Language-Focused Instructional Practices and Strategies for Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3.0 cr)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
6 credits required with recommended courses listed. Other courses may be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.
CI 5648 - Advanced Practices in Teaching Academic Language (3.0 cr)
CI 5676 - Biliteracy Development in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms (3.0 cr)
 
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CI 5670 - Foundations of Dual Language and Immersion Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research foundations and program principles for dual language/immersion. Second language acquisition; critical features of program design/implementation; benefits/challenges of dual language/immersion; program assessment; advocacy. Theory/research for dual language/immersion tied to practical application. prereq: Enrollment in certificate program in dual language/immersion educ or instr consent
CI 5671 - Curriculum Development and Assessment in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Content-based language instruction and curriculum development for dual language, bilingual, and immersion contexts; balancing content/language goals/objectives in curriculum and instruction; integration of language, literacy content, and culture in curriculum; standards-based instruction; backwards design; assessment that aligns with content-based curriculum and instruction. prereq: instr consent
CI 5672 - Language-Focused Instructional Practices and Strategies for Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Counterbalancing content with integrated focus on language and literacy development for dual language, bilingual, and immersion classrooms. Materials development; proactive/reactive instructional techniques; noticing and awareness-raising strategies; structuring student language production; differentiating for content, ability, and language. prereq: instr consent
CI 5648 - Advanced Practices in Teaching Academic Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Prepares K-12 teachers for student development of academic language proficiency. Read/discuss current research. Implement innovative teaching practices. prereq: Grad student, instr consent
CI 5676 - Biliteracy Development in Dual Language/Immersion Classrooms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course aims to provide dual language, bilingual and language immersion educators with an understanding of the complex phenomena of literacy and biliteracy and with a range of instructional strategies for fostering literacy and biliteracy development in dual language/immersion classrooms.