Graduate Certificate

World Languages (Pre K-12)

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online World Languages (PreK-12) Graduate Certificate for students proficient in French, German, Latin, Russian or Spanish who possess an undergraduate major or 24 credit hours in any of the above-referenced languages.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Increase Your Effectiveness in Teaching ESL PreK-12 Students

The World Languages (PreK-12) graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of educational career goals. For K-12 teachers licensed in areas other than World Language, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in World Languages Education. For K-12 teachers licensed in World Languages Education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in instructional opportunities with students who are studying world languages, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused instruction in world languages. Proficiency in French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish is required, as well as either an undergraduate major or 24 credit hours in any of those languages. 

Featured Courses

Students in the World Languages (Pre K-12) Graduate Certificate program complete the following courses:

WLEL 550: Second Language Assessment & Standards-Based Instruction

Will focus on how to develop, use, score and interpret a variety of second language assessments, give constructive feedback to students and use the results of the assessments to inform standards-based language instruction.

WLEL 455: Teaching of World Languages

ACTFL standards-based instructional methods, resources, integrated technologies, second language theories, research and evaluation for world languages. Required for licensure in World Languages.

WLEL 445: Teaching World Languages: Grades PreK-5

ACTFL standards-based pedagogy, curricula, research and instructional resources focused on the PreK-5 WL classroom.

WLEL 475: Grammar for ESL Teachers

Pedagogical approaches, second language acquisition research and resources for teaching English grammar to English language learners. Required for PreK-12 ESL licensure.

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Ready to Lead the Way in Teaching ESL PreK-12 Students?