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Foreign Language K-6 Certification Extension

Expand Your Teaching Certification This Summer!

If you are currently certified in New York State to teach a foreign language at the secondary level, you can extend your certification to include grades K–6 by taking one graduate course.  Current SBU students in teacher prep programs are also welcome to expand their certification – and job prospects – by taking this extension course before graduating.

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 synchronous and asynchronous online course is offered in the Summer 2023 Session II (July 10 - August 19). Students are required to participate in 5 days of synchronous classes: July 10, 11, 12 and 13 (8:30 am - 5:30 pm) and July 14 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm).Consult the instructor for additional information.


The course is open to all foreign language teachers who are certified to teach at the secondary level as well as current Stony Brook students who are matriculated in foreign language education programs.

Certified Foreign Language Teachers
Current Stony Brook BA/MAT and MAT Students  
  • Register for CEF 501 as you would any other SBU Summer Session course (no permission needed).
  • Check your email for course information.
  • Complete the course. The University will recommend you for certification upon degree completion.





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