Teaching in the USA – State certification for Chinese teachers

Are you thinking about becoming a Chinese teacher or perhaps already teaching but considering moving to another State?  Then read on. 

What is certification?   Different States have different certification requirements.  For Chinese teachers  this means that you either:

·         Need to get certified to teach there

·         You get a certification waiver

·         You are granted a temporary license. 

Waivers or temporary licenses can be fairly commonplace for Chinese teachers particularly in States where there is a high demand  for experienced Chinese teachers.

How do I find out?  The best way to determine what state certification is required is by visiting the following websites:

·         Certification map – simple to follow.  Information easy to extract

·         Education Dept – government website.  Links to contacts in States.

·         50 states certification – University of Kentucky’s website with direct links to State certification sites.

What if I need certification?  If you do need certification in the state you want to teach in, you will need to enrol on a university programme.  Below is a list of University programs that are specifically for Chinese teachers:

Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education Program
The Loyola Marymount University Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education Program (CBTEP) prepares qualified Chinese teachers to teach in both Chinese and English in K-12 bilingual immersion or foreign language classrooms. Successful graduates will complete a “3-in-1” program: a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching
Credential, a Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Elementary or Secondary Education and a Mandarin BCLAD Authorization.

Rutgers Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program: The Rutgers University Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Rutgers World Languages Institute are pleased to announce the implementation of an Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program, which has recently been approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.   The program  is designed for proficient speakers of Chinese who are seeking a career change and are interested in teaching. There is the potential to complete within one year the certification requirements to obtain a certificate of eligibility to teach.

George Mason University AP Chinese Teacher's Licensure Program:  This program offers initial licensure with Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction option. In collaboration with the New World Bilingual Institute.

Rice University:  Institute for Chinese language teaching:  Created in response to a growing demand for certified teachers of Chinese language in Texas and the southern United States, this program was designed to build on the substantial strength that Rice has in Chinese language teaching and Asian studies. The courses are taught by Rice faculty or those from other higher education institutions and provide content not readily available in other area teacher certification programs

University of Pittsburgh teacher preparation program:  The innovative teacher preparation programs housed in the Department of Instruction and Learning, are among the highest ranked in the nation and in the top two in the state.

University of Hawaii/Confucius Institute Chinese Language Teacher Program:  Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the Chinese Language Teacher Education program (CLTE) is specifically designed and dedicated to meet the high demand of teaching Chinese language in Hawai'i and beyond. It brings expertise from the College of Education, the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS, with its Confucius Institute) in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature and Second Language Studies

The Project for Developing Chinese Language Teacher:  New York University: The Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, funded by the Freeman Foundation, provides services and support to Chinese language teachers, schools and school districts, and students in NYU's degree programs for Chinese teachers

George Mason University: The Foreign Language and Latin (PK-12) initial licensure program with an optional master's degree component provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's schools. The program prepares prospective educators seeking licensure as teachers of world languages in schools that serve preschool through grade twelve.


Do you know of a Chinese Language teacher development program that is not on this list?  Please email details to Pete info@thechinesestaffroom.com