Undergraduate Certificate Program World Language Pedagogy

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World Language Pedagogy Certificate Overview

The field of world language education will face and, in some regions, is already facing a dire need for teachers. With PSU's certificate in World Language Pedagogy, you can explore teaching as a future career choice by gaining the basic knowledge, skills, and initial experience of teaching in a world language of your choice.
The certificate is available in eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

In our program, you will learn the basic skills necessary to teach a world language, including instructional strategies, curriculum planning, and assessment, as well as the structure and culture of a world language. Paired with a practicum that offers you hands-on experience, you'll be well-prepared to apply to PSU's Graduate Teacher Education Program or a teacher licensure program in Oregon or other states.
Take the first step toward a rewarding career in teaching a world language in K-16 schools.

Degree Details

  • C
    Certificate Program
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
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World Language Pedagogy Certificate: Why PSU?

Our certificate familiarizes students who are proficient in a world language — majors, minors, and heritage speakers — with the instructional methodology of teaching world languages. You'll take courses in methods, linguistics, and a content area, including literature, language, and culture.

Our faculty have in-depth teaching experience and bring that to your classes.

We strongly believe that teaching is the best way to learn. That's why our certificate provides you with the opportunity to teach at PSU, at a language immersion program or private school in the community, or during an internship abroad. Teaching is a rewarding career, and you'll experience firsthand that sense of accomplishment and reward.

What can I do with a certificate in World Language Pedagogy?

This certificate helps meet the demand for world language teachers, as businesses and governments increasingly need graduates who are proficient in a world language in addition to English.
You'll be able to shorten your path to a teacher licensure program. By equipping you with the basic knowledge and initial hands-on experience, you'll be readily eligible for the Graduate Teacher Education Program.
You can also prepare for jobs in a variety of fields, including leadership, translation and interpretation, international business and relations, policymaking in the education field, and nonprofit organizations that serve immigrants and multi-ethnic needs.


Students are required to take a total of 20 credits covering the following four areas: Methods, Linguistics, Content, and Practicum. Students are expected to have a language proficiency at the level required to complete Methods and Practicum courses. The required level of proficiency is determined by each language section. Students will have an advisor for the certificate who will guide them through the coursework.

  • Methods: Students will take two methods courses from among six in World Languages or Linguistics.
  • Linguistics: Students will take one linguistics course relevant to the world language of their choice.
  • Content: Students will take one course of literature, language, culture, or content area relevant to the language of their choice.
  • Students will complete 4 credits of Practicum in the world language of their choice (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, or Spanish).

Featured Courses

  • WLL 498 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • LING 438 Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 477 TESOL Methods
  • AR 414 Advanced Arabic Grammar
  • FR 325 French Phonetics and Phonology
  • GER 494 German Linguistics
  • IT 390 History of Italian Language
  • JPN 494 Japanese Sociolinguistics
  • RUS 494 Russian Linguistics
  • SPAN 498 Spanish Syntax
  • WLL 390 Languages of the World


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