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Teacher Education Programs in Foreign Language/Latin

The Warner School’s teacher education program in foreign language/Latin prepares individuals for entry-level teaching positions and advanced teacher certification. Graduates of our program become French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Latin teachers who make languages engaging for students.

The need for citizens to be competent in other languages is greater today as globalization, mobility, and communications are bringing the world closer together than ever before. In addition to developing thinking and language skills, learning a foreign language exposes children and adolescents to new ways of looking at the world.

At Warner, we prepare foreign language teachers who find innovative ways to make language meaningful, authentic, and relevant to their students. They have real enthusiasm for and knowledge of the language and culture they are teaching, and they know how to translate that passion to their students. And, they help students discover that learning a foreign language is more than memorizing the words.

Our graduates become teachers who are committed to helping their students understand the larger world and learn about a culture through the lens of another language. They also help students understand global issues related to languages and cultures. These powerful experiences give students the knowledge and skills they need to understand the larger world.

Whether you are interested in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, or Latin, our foreign language education program offers exciting opportunities and flexibility to explore your interests. Through coursework, field experiences, and projects, the program can be tailored to focus on a specific language or multiple languages.

Our program aims to prepare teachers who understand that learning a foreign language includes communicative competence, cultural expertise, and mastery of the structural complexities of a language. Throughout the program, our graduate students deepen their understanding of linguistics, foreign languages, and language acquisition while learning innovative and effective ways to teach it. They become classroom teachers who create curriculum and instruction around authentic materials, contexts, and purposes that engage students in the language and culture while also learning about the world. And, they also bridge planning and teaching strategies with theory and research that supports them, and they are familiar with best practices for teaching a given foreign language.

Social justice is lived out in foreign language classrooms as Warner faculty and graduates are committed to giving all students access to high-quality foreign language education. They understand how to develop appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for meeting the diverse needs of students from every background. And, they seek out and develop habits of a reflective practitioner and collaborate with other professionals to improve learning opportunities for all students.

Programs preparing entry-level Foreign Language/Latin teachers (leading to NYS Initial and Professional certification for grades 7-12 plus possible enhancements for inclusion, urban settings, TESOL, teaching the same language in grades 5-9, and teaching another language):
Entry Level French German Spanish Italian Chinese Latin
MS – “base” TF3 TG3 TS3 TI3 TY3 TL3
MAT (12 additional credits in the subject) TF4 TG4 TS4      

 Programs for current teachers seeking additional certification in Foreign Language/Latin:
Additional Certification French German Spanish Italian Chinese Latin
Grades 7-12/ MS SF2 SG2 SS2 SI2 SY2 SL2
Grades 7-12/ non-degree NF2 NG2 NS2 NI2 NY2 NL2
Grades 5-9/ MS SF1 SG1 SS1     SL1
Grades 5-9/ non-degree NF1 NG1 NS1 NI1 NY1 NL1

Programs for holders of initial certification in the same language seeking professional certification:
Professional Certification French German Spanish Italian Chinese Latin
MS program PF1 PG1 PS1 PI1 PY1 PL1
MAT program (12 credits in subject matter) PF2 PG2 PS2      
MS +extension to grades 5-6 SF1 SG1 SS1     SL1
MS +certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities (IF grades 7-12) PF6 PG6 PS6     PL6
MS + certification in TESOL ST1 ST1 ST1 ST1 ST1 ST1
MS leading to a new area of certification            

Programs for foreign languges/Latin teachers interested in additional certifications:
Certification French German Spanish Italian Chinese Latin
Extension to grades 5-6 in the same language NF1 NG1 NS1     NL1
Teaching Students with Disabilities DF6 DG6 DS6 DI6   DL6
Teaching English to Speakers f Other Languages (TESOL) (K-12) (requires 12 credits in a language other than English as a pre-requisite) NT1 NT1 NT1 NT1 NT1 NT1
Teaching Literacy (birth to grade 6) NR1 NR1 NR1 NR1 NR1 NR1
Teaching Literacy (grades 5-12) NR2 NR2 NR2 NR2 NR2 NR2
New York State Teaching Certifications
To teach foreign language/Latin in secondary schools in New York State, you need to obtain NYS Initial Teaching Certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) as a specialist in a particular foreign language/Latin. Professional Certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner foreign language/Latin teacher preparation program will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications as part of a master’s degree. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.

New Graduate Entrance Exam Requirement for Teacher Applicants
New York State has approved and enacted a law that requires all colleges and universities with graduate-level teacher and educational leadership programs to require candidates to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or a substantially equivalent admission assessment, effective July 1, 2016. See the full announcement to understand what is now required and how that impacts students starting in Summer and Fall 2016 and beyond.

New York State Certification Exams
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires initial teaching certification candidates to pass the following examinations before they will be eligible for certification:
  • edTPA
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Revised Content Specialty Test (CST)
Information regarding the examinations is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp
The Warner School strongly recommends that you pass the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) in the discipline in which you are pursuing a base certification before you begin student teaching. Not doing so may place your student teaching placement in jeopardy.
Any program leading to NYS certification requires the GRE exam or the Miller Analogies exam and a 3.0 GPA, effective fall 2016. Prerequisites for entry-level teachers teaching a foreign language or Latin include a bachelor’s degree with a major in a liberal art or science and 30 credits of coursework (at either the undergraduate or graduate level) in the subject matter of specialization.  If you have questions about whether you have the prerequisites to enter the program, please contact the Admissions Office. Please check the detailed program of study for the program you are considering for specific prerequisites and other requirements for certification.
We expect students entering our teacher preparation programs to have already fulfilled these prerequisites. If this is not the case, you may still be allowed to enter our programs at the discretion of your advisor; you will, however, have to take the needed coursework before the end of the program in order to be recommended for certification to the New York State Education Department. Some subject matter courses taken at the graduate level can be used as electives in a master's program, provided that they are taken at the graduate level and have been approved by your advisor as part of your program of study.