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Asian Language Teacher Education Programs 

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Stony Brook University offers undergraduate teacher education programs in Chinese, Japanese and Korean leading to New York State initial teaching certification and the B.A. degree in Asian and Asian American Studies: Adolescent Education – Chinese/Japanese/Korean, Grades 7 – 12. The initial certification requires the completion of the major in Asian and Asian American Studies including 30 credits of content (language), a sequence of education/pedagogy courses, a set of tests and workshops. 

Application and other info

To apply, talk with the relevant language advisor first, and see Jiwon Hwang (Asian Language Director), Sarah Jourdain (Foreign Language Teacher Ed. Director), and then Susan Ross (Teacher Certification Officer).

Language Advisors:Dongmei Zeng (Chinese); Eriko Sato (Japanese); Heejeong Sohn (Korean)

Sample Course Sequence: Chinese; Japanese; Korean

Special notes for Chinese/Japanese/Korean teacher candidates: 

  1. Credits earned through Challenge Exams can be used to meet the New York State Education Department's content requirement as well as the Asian and Asian American Studies major requirement at Stony Brook University according to the guidelines and special conditions stated here.
  2. Only up to three credits from the Teaching Practica (CHI, JPN or KOR 475/476) and only up to six credits from tutorial courses such as Directed Reading (CHI, JPN or KOR 447) can be accepted toward meeting the content requirement. The credits earned for the content requirement must have a grade C or higher. Credits with satisfactory-unsatisfactory (S/U) grades can be accepted only if accompanied by the Equivalency Proof for Letter Grades and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades. Click here to download the form. The above options may only be used for teacher candidates when classroom content courses are not available for students and this will interfere with a student’s progress toward graduation. Faculty should be aware that proof of specific language content in these teaching practica and directed reading courses must be tendered in writing (letter, fax or email) to the Director of the AAS Language Teacher Preparation Programs for insertion in the student’s docket and maintained in departmental files for five (5) years.
  3. AAS 401 (Senior Seminar) can be satisfied by FLA 454 (Student Teaching Seminar).