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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages (PreK-12) Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in World Languages PreK-12 is intended for those seeking to develop a knowledge and skill base that undergirds effective, equity focused teaching of PreK-12 students who are acquiring a second language and from a range of backgrounds and cultures. A graduate certificate in World Languages PreK-12 is appropriate for PreK-12 teachers endorsed in areas outside of World Languages PreK-12, teachers endorsed in an area of world languages at the undergraduate level, administrators and supervisors aspiring to lead schools or serve in roles supporting students’ world languages acquisition, non-endorsed professionals whose work (e.g., museum, public-service agency) interfaces significantly with PreK-12 education, and those interested in home schooling. Coursework in this certificate is designed to lead to an additional endorsement in World Languages for teachers licensed in other areas in the state of Tennessee, pending transcript review*, passing appropriate licensure exams and recommendation of the faculty advisor. *For World Languages Education, proficiency in French, German, Latin, Russian or Spanish is required, as well as an undergraduate major or 24 credit hours in any of the above referenced languages. Home department: Theory and Practice in Teacher Education .

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus
Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants can be currently admitted to a degree program at UTK or can apply solely for the World Languages PreK-12 Graduate Certificate through the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • All 12 credit hours of graduate coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee within five years of applying for a certificate.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a 3.50 graduate GPA in all certificate courses in the program and complete the requirements within five years of applying for a certificate.

Credit Hours Required

12 graduate credit hours

Non-Course Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.