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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 

Schedule — Summer 2021

This is a hybrid course that combines live, online classes via Zoom with asynchronous coursework in Blackboard.

  • Live, online class schedule:

    Friday, July 9 and 16, from 8:30 am to 10 am;  Monday through Thursday,  July 12-15, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Blackboard schedule: The asynchronous component runs through Summer Session 2, July 5 through August 14, 2021

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.

If you want to take the FLES course as a non-matriculated student,  you will need to apply for non-matriculated graduate student status through The Graduate School. After the Graduate School has fully processed your application, you will be able to enroll yourself in any open seats in the FLES class/CEF 501 during the open enrollment period. Visit The Graduate School's website for details and the application link and visit the Summer Sessions website for open enrollment dates.

New non-matriculated students should start checking their Stony Brook email  once they receive their admissions letter. The instructor will send important information needed in advance of the start of class.