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Master's for world language teachers

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. Next priority deadline is March 15, 2024.

Guaranteed 65% scholarship

Online learning options

Teach the school year following enrollment

Program overview

Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and communities like teaching. Can you think of a specific teacher who made a difference in your life?  Would you like to become that kind of teacher?

The Warner School will prepare you to become an innovative world language teacher, committed and able to help all students succeed in learning a new language and gain a better understanding of different cultures.

If you want to complete the master’s program leading to initial teaching certification full-time in 15 months, you must start the program in the summer. 

Key program features

  • Meeting all coursework and internship requirements for both Initial and Professional Teaching Certification:  In addition, you will need to pass the required state exams, and complete the teaching requirements for professional certification.
  • Shortest program:  Preservice teachers can complete the program in 15 months of full-time study (if starting in summer); certified teachers seeking additional certification in a world language may require less time.
  • Focus on world languages education: Includes three courses as well as internships (taken concurrently with methods courses) that are specific to learning and teaching a new language.
  • Focus on teaching all students:  Includes courses on diversity and working with students with disabilities (may be transferred in for certified teachers).
  • Option to add specializations:  For a few extra credits you can pursue additional certifications or advanced certificates that can strengthen your effectiveness with diverse learners and make you more marketable.

Prerequisites (as required by NYS)

  • Undergraduate degree in a liberal arts (BA) or science (BS).
  • A minimum of 30 credits of coursework in the language of study.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid

Guaranteed 65% tuition savings

Byron Williams Teaching Scholarships


Certification options

Choose a certification to earn in addition to your degree.
What certification do you need? Learn more

Initial & Professional Certification

39 credits, including field experience and two student teaching experiences. Coursework for the master's degree programs in: 

Professional Certification Only

For teachers who have their initial teaching certification and are seeking professional teaching certification in that same area. Most of these programs require only 30 credits of coursework and no internships.

Our most flexible option, including 12 credits of electives. Coursework for the master's programs in:

32 credits, including 50 contact hours of field experiences; also leads to professional teaching certification in your original area of certification. Coursework for the master's programs in: 

Advanced Certificate

If you already have your teaching certification in another area of specialization, and are seeking an additional certification.

Fastest path; as few as 11 credits, including specialization courses plus 50 contact hours of field experiences. Coursework for the advanced certificate programs (grades 7-12) in:

Customize your degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. Next priority deadline is March 15, 2024.

University of Rochester Teacher Residency Programs

ROC Urban Teaching Fellows Program and Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium are a paid teacher residency programs designed to collaboratively prepare and sustain skilled teachers to effectively serve the varied needs of students, families, and school communities.

  • 1 year paid teacher residency while studying
  • $15,000 toward tuition
  • Earn your Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification
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Program Director

Nicole King

Assistant Professor (Clinical)

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Take a course before you apply to one of our programs for a discounted price. Inquire with admissions to learn about credits that also apply toward degree requirements.

Related certificates and degrees

Related Advanced Certificates

Opportunities for additional specializations with minimum additional credits required.

  • NYS Certification in Another Language
  • Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership
  • Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching
  • NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence

Related degrees

  • Doctoral Programs Focusing on World languages education
  • Master's in TESOL
  • GRADE Program for Undergraduate Applicants

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