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Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Certificate Overview

PSU's certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) prepares you to use your skills at home or abroad, teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages. This program is designed to familiarize participants with principles of instructional methods in teaching Japanese to speakers of languages whose orthography is not kanji-based. It is designed to fit into the programs of majors in a wide variety of fields, including Japanese, education, linguistics, and the social sciences. Candidates may enroll as post-baccalaureate students or while completing undergraduate degree requirements in another field.

The certificate is easily obtainable while completing degree requirements in Japanese or related language or linguistics programs.

Japanese proficiency at the ACTFL Intermediate High level is required for admission to this certificate program. Students whose proficiency is lower may be provisionally admitted; they will need to study Japanese while taking other courses in the certificate program.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • C
    Certificate Program
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    40
    Start Term
    Any

Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Certificate: Why PSU?

PSU's Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language certificate program is designed to familiarize you with principles of instructional methods in teaching Japanese to speakers of languages whose orthography is not kanji-based.

The certificate can be bundled with majors in a variety of fields, including Japanese, education, linguistics and the social sciences, giving you an added qualification to be competitive in the job market.

What can I do with a certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language?

The certificate prepares you to launch a career in teaching Japanese.

Course Requirements

Course requirements

Students must complete 16 credits in theoretical and applied linguistics (through the departments of World Languages and Literatures or Applied Linguistics), 16 credits in Japanese area studies (literature, history, anthropology, etc.), and 8 credits in TJFL Methods (JPN 477, 478).

 

  • Linguistics = 16 Credits
  • Area Studies = 16 Credits
  • TJFL Methods = 8 Credits

All courses used to satisfy certificate course requirements must be graded C or above.

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Undergraduate Certificate Program Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language