Confucius Institute
Licensure Program Information

MASTER OF EDUCATION PreK-12 Education in Chinese Language

Students enrolling in this program must be fluent in Chinese and may have prior teaching experience, often in settings outside the U.S. During their time in the program, students will become familiar with school culture and practice in a contemporary American setting, teach in a real school setting under the supervision of experienced educators, and ultimately be qualified to serve as a bridge between the cultures of China and the U.S. The license is earned with an associated M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Program Requirements

This is a 34 credit hour program that encompasses 10 graduate courses, typically taken in four consecutive semesters. It leads to two credentials: A Master’s degree in education, and a teaching license in Chinese. This is a “cohort” program, which means that a group of students proceeds through all the coursework together.
For a listing of the courses, please contact the Confucius Institute.
Depending on background, some people will need to take supplementary coursework in Chinese culture, Chinese literature, and/or linguistics; if you are in this situation you will be provided with more details prior to your enrollment.
Final completion of the program is realized when students meet the requirements of an internship and student teaching experiences, passing an examination on principles of learning and teaching, and passing standardized examinations on oral and written proficiency in Chinese.

Prerequisites/Admission Criteria

Admission to the Chinese Language Teaching Licensure program requires that the candidates meet the following prerequisites and criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Grade Point Average of 2.75 or above, or equivalent acceptable score on a standardized admission examination
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin Chinese

Application Procedure

Apply to the program through the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University.

  1. If you are a domestic student, visit us online at the College of Graduate Studies
  2. If you are an international student, visit us online here

Once you submit your application to the College of Graduate Studies, it will be processed by various offices at CSU. You will be notified regarding your eligibility for admission.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Education & Human Services
Center for Urban Education
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Julka Hall Room 210
2485 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44115

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Janine Handlovic
Phone: 216.523.7127