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Chinese as a Second Language Certificate

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The graduate Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) certificate is a 16-credit program that prepares you to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language in international settings, or Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) in domestic settings in adult education or other contexts in which a teaching license is not required.

Participants take five courses, including one with an experiential component which will allow you to apply concepts and skills you've learned by working one-on-one with an English language learner. The certificate program can be completed in two semesters as a full-time student, or longer if you are a working professional. This program is not associated with a teaching license.

Application Process and Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, follow the instructions below. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
      • Complete the online application and pay the application fee (you will pay the fee after you complete all application questions and submit the application)
          • Domestic: $50 non-refundable application fee
          • International: $60 non-refundable application fee
      • Request one official transcript from all accredited colleges or universities attended since completing high school. UNC alumni do not need to submit UNC transcripts. Transcripts must be official and can be sent from the Registrar's office electronically through a password secured digital program to grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu or can be mailed from the Registrar's office to the Graduate School (University of Northern Colorado, Graduate School & International Admissions, 501 20th St., Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639). We do not accept emailed, scanned or PDF transcripts sent from the student.

      1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution is required for graduate admission.
      2. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 on the most recent 60 credit hours completed is required.
  2. International applicants: please read the additional directions below.
  3. Once you have completed your graduate school application, you will then click on "myUNC" (or log back in later) to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
  4. Submit proof of Mandarin Chinese proficiency by uploading a copy of ONE of the following documents: a degree certificate from a recognized institution where Mandarin is used as a language of instruction, a degree related to Chinese language and culture, Chinese passport, or one of the state recognized test results showing at least the following score: Praxis 164, NES 220.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.

International Applicants

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency or petition for exemption (UNC’s institutional code is 4074).

UNC’s minimum scores:

  • TOEFL 80
  • IELTS 6.5
  • PTE: 60
  • UNC Intensive English Program Level 7

Copy of passport bio page** (you will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)

Financial Documentation**– we will need to verify that you can financially cover the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) of the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than one year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application (you will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.

**Items marked with ** are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

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For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School & International Admissions at internationaladmissions@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.