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Foreign Language K-6 Certification Extension

Certified secondary education teachers of foreign language can extend their certification to include grades K–6 by taking CEF 501 Instruction of Foreign Language at Elementary Level.  In addition, current students who are matriculated in a foreign language teacher certification program can also enroll. Here is what you need to know about enrolling and certification:

  • Current Stony Brook BA/MAT and MAT students:  Register for and successfully complete this course while matriculated in the program and the University will recommend you for certification.
  • Certified Foreign Language Teachers: Apply as a non-matriculated student, successfully complete the course, and then apply for the extension through Individual Transcript Evaluation.
Course Description

CEF 501 Instruction of Foreign Language at Elementary Level (3 credits)
The focus of the course is applying theories of second language learning to instruction at the elementary school level, understanding of developmental issues for teaching young children, and designing effective curriculum, and engaging in effective instructional practice and assessment appropriate for world languages at the elementary school level. This course enables certified secondary teachers of foreign languages, 7-12 to extend their certification to include the instruction of foreign languages at grades 1-6.


  "This is a course that I have recommended to all my friends because it opens your eyes to new and simple – but meaningful – activities that an educator can apply to each lesson.  I learned to give my lessons a meaningful purpose. The professor gave us techniques and methods to plan lessons that students can relate to so they leave each day with a full understanding and motivation to continue learning." – Danae Paniagua 


This is a hybrid course that meets online during Summer Session D, July 8, 2019 to August 17, 2019. Face-to-face classes meet from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18. Classes will be held at the Herricks Community Center (999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park, Room 208)

For More Information

Contact the course instructor, Dr. Elaine Margarita, at   or  516-286-3398.

While current students do not need permission to enroll, they may contact Dr. Sarah Jourdain at  or  631-632-7440 if they have questions.

Visit Non-matriculated Student Admissions for details and an application link.