Foreign Language Education: Culture and Content


This certificate provides students with an understanding of Foreign Language Education curriculum, methods of instruction, and the 6-12 classroom environments. This program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a foreign language, or who are native speakers of a language other than English and wish to begin their preparation for the teaching profession.

Course Location/Delivery

This program is offered at the Tampa campus.

CEU/Licensure Credit

This certificate leads to the State of Florida teaching endorsement for Foreign Languages.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalent, if the degree was received outside the U.S. and comply with the following:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Have completed approximately 30 credit hours of undergrad or graduate course work in the teaching fields of foreign language OR
  • Have native-like proficiency of the foreign language acceptable to the program faculty (e.g., Spanish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Chinese)

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


12 credit hours.

  • FLE 6665 - Current Trends in Foreign Language Education

In addition to the required course above, choose one additional course from the following list:

  • FLE 6932 - Curriculum Materials Development: Special Project
  • FLE 5895 - Dual Language Education
  • FLE 5291 - Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • FLE 6932 - Integrating Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom for Intermediate Users


Depending on what you would like to specialize in, you may want to choose the remaining two courses from ESOL, Second Language Acquisition, Applied Language, Foreign Language Education, Spanish, German, French, or Latin specific courses. For a representative sampling of these courses see below:

  • LIN 6720 - Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 6932 - Language and a Movie
  • LIN 6601 - Sociolinguistics
  • TSL 5431 - Language Testing

For the French Connoisseur:

  • FRW 5934 - French Women Writers
  • FRW 5934 - African Images in Francophone Film

For the German Connoisseur:

  • GEW 6932 - Fantastic Films Early German Cinema
  • GEW 6932 - German Popular Film

For the Latin Connoisseur:

  • LNW 6325 - Roman Elegiac Poets
  • LNW 6665 - Vergil

For the Spanish Connoisseur:

  • SPW 5934 - Colonial Spanish American Literature
  • SPW 5934 - Hispanic Women Writers

For the Chinese Connoisseur:

  • EDG 6931 - Chinese Teaching Methods
  • INR 5934 - China Today
  • HIS 6XXX - History of China

For the ESOL Teacher:

  • FLE 5340 - Theory & Practice of Teaching ELLs
  • FLE 6367 - Applied Linguistics for Teaching ESOL
  • FLE 6434 - Assessment and Progress Management for Teaching ESOL
  • FLE 6433 - Curriculum and Instructional Materials Development for Teaching ESOL
  • FLE 6371 - Instructional Methods and Strategies for Teaching ESOL
  • FLE 6167 - Cross-Cultural Issues in Teaching ESOL

Time Limit

Three years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized Tests

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required from international students when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required. If the applicant has completed a degree at a U.S. institution, the TOEFL is not required.


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