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Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program

chineseIf you are a proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese seeking a career in teaching, our professional development program is designed for you.

In response to a critical need for the teaching of Chinese at the K-12 level, the Rutgers Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the World Languages Institute have created a specially tailored, flexible curriculum that provides:

  • State-approved courses in pedagogy, methodology, Chinese linguistics and literature
  • Intensive day and evening courses taught by highly qualified faculty & experts in the field
  • Fulfillment of K-12 Certificate of Eligibility requirements in as little as two summers depending on prior academic background

In order to become certified to teach Chinese in New Jersey, candidates must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). After obtaining a CE, students can then seek teaching employment, and once employed, they enter the Provisional Teachers Program, which leads to standard certification.

New Jersey Department of Education Requirements to Obtain a K-12 Certificate of Eligibility (CE) to Teach Chinese 

  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • 30-credits in Chinese language, literature, civilization and culture courses, of which at least 12 are at the 300 level or higher. These 30 credits can be acquired through one or more of the following methods. 
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree: If your degree is from a country other than the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine how many credits these courses are equivalent to in the US. Click here for a listing of some evaluation services.
  • NYU Mandarin 16-Point Proficiency Exam: Points achieved on the proficiency exam can be worth up to 16 credits, but must be placed on a transcript, which can be done by Thomas Edison State College. Rutgers University does not offer this transcript service.
  • Undergraduate 300- and 400-level courses or graduate courses in Chinese offered at Rutgers during the Academic Year and Summer Session.
  • 3-credits in a state-approved course on second language acquisition and related methodologies.
  • A rating of Intermediate-High or above on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in Mandarin Chinese. It is highly recommended that native speakers of Mandarin Chinese also take an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in English, for which a rating of Advanced-Low must be achieved.
  • Successfully complete a 24-Hour Pre-Service course. Click here to register for the Rutgers online Pre-Service course. 
    A list of other agencies offering an approved 24-Hour Pre-Service Program is available at this link under the heading Requirement for Certificate of Eligibility - “An Introduction to the Teaching Profession: A 24 Hour Pre-Service Program.” Scroll down to the section “Approved 24 Hour Programs for Elementary K-5, N-12 Subject Area, ESL, and Career and Technical Education CE.”

SUMMER 2017

Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum


GRADUATE Courses

CHINESE GRAMMAR FOR TEACHERS OF MANDARIN (CR. 3.)
16:217:545:B6:03687
5/30 - 7/07; TTH, 6:00-9:40 PM; SC-219
Cross-listed: 01:165:430:B6:02296
PHAN

Analysis and discussion of Chinese grammar relevant to learners and teachers of the language. Explanation of linguistic concepts through problem-solving exercises on Chinese word formation, sentence grammar, and paragraph structure. Conducted in Chinese.


ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHINESE LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS  (CR. 3.)
16:165:504:B1:02695
5/30 - 7/07; MW, 5:00-9:00 PM; SC-219
RICHARD V. SIMMONS

This course is a graduate seminar in Chinese linguistics focusing on topics relevant to the teaching of Chinese and the study of Chinese literature. Topics vary each time the course is offered and can include pronunciation and Romanization, the history and development of the writing system, issues in the distinction between classical and vernacular written registers in prose writing, grammar, historical phonology, dialectology, prosody and rhyming, and the history of the Chinese language in general. Taught in Chinese.

CHINESE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (CR. 3) 
16:165:506:D1:03689
6/26 - 7/21; M-TH, 1:30-4:25 PM; SC-219
YANG

This is a practical, hands-on course on the teaching of Chinese as a foreign/second language (CFL/CSL) in K-16. In this course, students will become familiar with the development of CFL and ACTFL standards as applied to CFL. They will have ample opportunities to practice creating and teaching level and grade appropriate activities and lesson plans. Students will also understand the unique challenges of teaching CFL, especially in the American classroom. By the end of the course, students will have created a teaching portfolio, which includes a teaching statement, sample lesson plans and a teaching demo video. The course is conducted in Chinese and English. All readings are in English.


TEACHING CHINESE THROUGH MODERN FICTION (CR. 3)
16:165:510:S1:02696
7/31 - 8/16; M-F, 1:30-5:30 PM; SC-103
WEIJIE SONG

Reading of works by modern Chinese writers to raise language competency and understanding of Chinese culture and history. Essay writing and translation exercises to enhance comprehension of the Chinese language. Conducted in Chinese.


UNDERGRADUATE Courses

ADVANCED CHINESE GRAMMAR (CR. 3)
01:165:430:B6:02296
5/30 - 7/7; TTH, 6:00-9:40 PM; SC-219
Cross-listed: 16:217:545:B6:03687
PHAN

Analysis and discussion of Chinese grammar relevant to learners and teachers of the language. Explanation of linguistic concepts through problem-solving exercises on Chinese word formation, sentence grammar, and paragraph structure. Conducted in Chinese.

 

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