Confucius Institute

Chinese Language and Culture Program for K-12 Educators

The Chinese Language and Culture Program for K-12 educators will provide an opportunity for K-12 educators to become proficient in Mandarin Chinese, earn credits that may be applied toward K-12 World Language Teacher Certification, and use that coursework as a concentration in a 33-credit master’s degree program for teachers or a 30-credit post-masters Certificate of Advanced Study. The program will include 24 credit hours of coursework in Chinese language and culture, which aligns with the minimum 24 credits required to teach a content area.

The low-residency program will be organized as a cohort program that extends two years including summers beginning fall 2013. Summer 2014 will include a two- to four-week intensive language program at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. Travel scholarships will be available to support student participation in the trip. 

Program Schedule:



Fall 2013

Integrated Chinese, Level 1 (3 cr.)

Spring 2014

Integrated Chinese, Level II (3 cr.)

Summer (July) 2014

Intensive Language and Culture Program, Abroad (6 cr.)

Fall 2014

Integrated Chinese, Level III (3 cr.)

Spring 2015

Integrated Chinese, Level IV (3 cr.)

Summer 2015

Chinese Society and Culture (6 cr.)

For more information on the Chinese Language and Culture Program for K-12 educators, please contact the Confucius Institute at

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