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Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

The Chinese Teacher Certification Program (CTCP) prepares speakers of Chinese Mandarin who are already certified as teachers, or have bachelor’s degrees, to teach Chinese language and culture in American schools. For those who are not yet certified as teachers, successful completion of the program leads to initial (provisional) Michigan certification with a K-12 Chinese endorsement. For teachers who are already certified in Michigan, completion of the required academic coursework and field experiences qualifies them to add the K-12 Chinese endorsement to their teaching certificates. This is a two-year program for candidates who are already proficient in Chinese Mandarin. The equivalent of four years of Chinese Mandarin at the university level is required.

CTCP Curriculum

The Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program is currently under curricular reform. Updates outlining the revised program will be posted as they become available. Please check back later for updates. All students admitted before March 1st, 2018 will continue to follow the existing curriculum, as delineated below. These students will be held to the program requirements that have been in place. (See the sections of “Field Experience Requirements,” “Completion of the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program,” and “Requirements for Teacher Certification” on this page)

Year 1


  • TE 818 (3 credits) Curriculum in Social Context (A Comparison of Chinese and American educational systems)
  • TE 891A (3 credits) Special Topics: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • Summer Camp


  • TE 894 (2 credits) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling


  • TE 894 (2 credits) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling

Year 2


  • TE 891B (3 credits) Special Topics: Classroom Management for Teaching Chinese in American Schools
  • CEP 891 (3 credits) Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Youth


  • TE 842 (3 credits) Advanced Methods of Elementary School Reading
  • TE 894 (1 credit) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling


  • TE 843 (3 credits) Reading, Writing, and Reasoning in Secondary School Subjects
  • TE 894 (1 credit) – Lab and Field Experience in Curriculum, Teaching, and Schooling

Field Experience Requirements

All candidates are required to participate in two distinct field experiences. During the first summer, candidates are required to take classes on campus. A requirement related to those courses is a three-week teaching experience during the Chinese-language summer camp, observations, and tutoring. Candidates are required to be on campus for eight weeks during the first summer.

Following successful completion of the initial summer experience, candidates are required to be in a teaching position in Michigan or another state. Candidates are not allowed to request specific placements; however, teachers who are already teaching Chinese in public schools may complete requirements in their existing positions. Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents already residing in the U.S. are required to find their own school placements or accept a traditional teaching internship position. Course credit for the school field experience is earned through registration in TE 894 in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Teaching placements are for the full school-year calendar.

For those simultaneously completing the CTCP Program and their Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) degree, completion of TE 894 credits may be taken in conjunction with TE 807/808 and TE 870/872 during their final year of study.

Completion of the Chinese Experimental Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

At the end of the second year, the typical candidate will have earned 24 credits and met the requirements for teacher certification in Michigan. Candidates must apply for the Michigan Provisional Certificate through the MSU Certification Office in 134 Erickson Hall.

Students who have completed (or are completing) the CTCP can apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) Program program. Admission to the graduate program requires a separate application. In addition to satisfying the requirements for the teacher certification program, students admitted to the master’s degree program must take additional graduate-level coursework to earn the master’s degree.

Requirements for Teacher Certification

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:
  • Complete all requirements for the Chinese Experimental Teacher Certification Program with a minimum overall GPA of  at least 2.5 and no single grade in a TE/CEP course below 2.0
  • Submit official scores for your SAT Test—Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480 or higher, Mathematics: 530 or higher
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject test in Chinese (Mandarin) (101)
  • Demonstrate oral proficiency in standard Mandarin by panel review or schedule an oral proficiency interview with CeLTA.
  • Turn in the Conviction Disclosure Form
  • Meet the College of Education’s technology requirement and professional standards

Please see Admission Information