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Accelerated Chinese Language Teacher Certification Program

chineseIf you are a proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese seeking a career in teaching, our professional development program is designed for you.

In response to a critical need for the teaching of Chinese at the K-12 level, the Rutgers Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the World Languages Institute have created a specially tailored, flexible curriculum that provides:

  • State-approved courses in pedagogy, methodology, Chinese linguistics and literature
  • Intensive day and evening courses taught by highly qualified faculty & experts in the field
  • Fulfillment of K-12 Certificate of Eligibility requirements in as little as two summers depending on prior academic background

In order to become certified to teach Chinese in New Jersey, candidates must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). After obtaining a CE, students can then seek teaching employment, and once employed, they enter the Provisional Teachers Program, which leads to standard certification.

New Jersey Department of Education Requirements to Obtain a K-12 Certificate of Eligibility (CE) to Teach Chinese  

  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • 30-credits in Chinese language, literature, civilization and culture courses, of which at least 12 are at the 300 level or higher. These 30 credits can be acquired through one or more of the following methods.

    • Undergraduate or graduate degree: If your degree is from a country other than the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine how many credits these courses are equivalent to in the US. Click here for a listing of some evaluation services.

    • NYU Mandarin 16-Point Proficiency Exam: Points achieved on the proficiency exam can be worth up to 16 credits, but must be placed on a transcript, which can be done by Thomas Edison State College. Rutgers University does not offer this transcript service.

    • Undergraduate 300- and 400-level courses or graduate courses in Chinese offered at Rutgers during the Academic Year and Summer Session.

  • 3-credits in a state-approved course on second language acquisition and related methodologies.
  • A rating of Intermediate-High or above on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in Mandarin Chinese. It is highly recommended that native speakers of Mandarin Chinese also take an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in English, for which a rating of Advanced-Low must be achieved.
  • Successfully complete a 24-Hour Pre-Service course. Click here to register for the Rutgers online Pre-Service course. 
    A list of other agencies offering an approved 24-Hour Pre-Service Program is available at this link under the heading Requirement for Certificate of Eligibility - “An Introduction to the Teaching Profession: A 24 Hour Pre-Service Program.” Scroll down to the section “Approved 24 Hour Programs for Elementary K-5, N-12 Subject Area, ESL, and Career and Technical Education CE.”


Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum


5/31 - 7/08; MW, 5:00-9:00 PM; SC-219
Richard V. Simmons

Select topics in Chinese linguistics relevant to the teaching of Chinese, including pronunciation and Romanization, development of the writing system, grammar, historical phonology, dialectology, and prosody. Readings in English and Chinese. 

6/27 - 7/22; M-TH, 1:30-4:25 PM; SC-219
Jenny Yuan-Chen Yang

Methods, materials, and standards for teaching Chinese in a variety of disciplines in K-12 schools. Introduction of learner-centered approaches. Emphasis on intercultural awareness, task-based teaching, and application of technology. Conducted in Chinese.

8/1 - 8/12; M-F, 1:30-5:30 PM; SC-103
Weijie Song

Reading of works by modern Chinese writers to raise language competency and understanding of Chinese culture and history. Essay writing and translation exercises to enhance comprehension of the Chinese language. Conducted in Chinese.


5/31 - 7/8; TTH, 6:00-9:40 PM; SC-219
John Phan

Analysis and discussion of Chinese grammar relevant to learners and teachers of the language. Explanation of linguistic concepts through problem-solving exercises on Chinese word formation, sentence grammar, and paragraph structure. Conducted in Chinese.



7/5 - 7/22; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; OFF CAMPUS
Pre-Program meeting: 6/4
Mary Curran

Rutgers Graduate School of Education will once again offer a STARTALK Program for Chinese Language Teachers.  The program meets from July 5-22 from 8:30 to 4:30 with some additional online responsibilities.  This is an intensive practicum experience where you will be working in a local school with Pk-12 students under the mentorship of experienced Chinese language teachers.  We will also have a pre-program meeting on June 4th in the afternoon, and a post-program meeting, date to be determined later in the summer.
The program is designed for Chinese teachers of all levels (from novice through experienced).  We will focus on helping you design and implement strong thematic curriculum for teaching language, culture and content in the target language.  This year's theme is "Global New Jersey." We will also work on developing leadership and classroom management skills. Program participants have the option to register for the Practicum in Language Education course (15:253:623), a three-credit graduate level course.  Scholarships of $500 toward graduate tuition is available for those who successfully complete the program. 
If you want to learn more about the program, please attend an information session on Friday, April 22 at 3:30 in the Graduate School of Education Building Lecture Hall, Room 124.  The GSE is located at 10 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. 
For more information about the program, please contact Athena Rubino.

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Rutgers Summer Advanced Placement Institute

The AP Chinese Language and Culture summer course will help new and experienced teachers understand the various elements of the curriculum framework forming the basis for the AP course and the exam. This course will give participants hands-on experience by using a College Board-endorsed consultant and College Board materials to develop their syllabus, create lesson plan units of instruction, and provide feedback to students as they gain the proficiency needed for success on the exam.

Contact Us

The Language Center

Rutgers University
20 Seminary Place
New Brunswick NJ 08901

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Phone: 848-932-7373
Fax: 732-932-1556