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The WLMA Road Map to Graduation will help you plan your graduate classes.

To learn about the requirements for secondary licensure, access the information from the Urban Institute for Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Required Prerequisites

LING 1200: Introduction to the Study of Language (no graduate credit)

FCS 5230: Adolescent Psychology (*multiple equivalents)

SP ED 5012/6012: Inclusive Classrooms

*equivalent: EDPS 5050; and possibly 5250

Graduation Requirements

LING 1200, six core and licensure courses, three language area courses, and licensure sequence (9 credit hours) with student teaching (12 credit hours).

MA Core and Licensure Courses (12 credit hours)

LING 5810/LANG 5410: K-12 Second Language Methodology (first fall)

(May be substituted with Ling 6810/Lang 6410)

LING 6812: Content-based Instruction (first fall)

LING 6816: Instructional Design & Materials Development

ECS 5645/6645:  Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Populations (Spring)

OR: LING 6818: Second Language Testing (assessment)

A Minimum of Three M.A. Language Area Courses*

Arabic and Persian: Courses offered in the Middle East Center and in World Languages & Cultures

French, German or Spanish: Courses offered in World Languages & Cultures

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese or Russian: Undergraduate programs in World Languages & Cultures

Asian Studies: Undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Humanities and other colleges

Latin America Studies: Undergreaduate programs in the College of Humanities and others

ESL: Courses offered in the Department of Linguistics

*Students should seek 6000-level courses whenever possible, but may enroll in upper division undergraduate (3000-5000) depending on their language area, and with approval from the advisor. Graduate course numbers are often available for language courses.

Licensure Sequence (12 credit hours)

SP ED 5022: Principles of Instruction and Behavior Support (good summer course)

ECS 6709: School, Family and Community (with a service learning component); (first fall)

ELP 3410: Educational Law

ED PSYCH 6151: Educational Applications of Technology (second fall)

Student Teaching (18 credit hours)

ECS 6715: Urban Education (Fall 2nd year; may be substituted)

EDU 6201: Seminar in Language Awareness (one credit, online)

EDU 6490: Practicum (Fall 2nd year)

EDU 6491: Seminar (Spring 2nd year)

EDU 6495: Student Teaching (9 credits; Spring 2nd year)

SP ED 5022: Principles of Instruction and Behavior Support (good summer course)

ECS 6709: School, Family and Community (with a service learning component); (first fall)

ELP 3410: Educational Law

ED PSYCH 6151: Educational Applications of Technology (second fall)

Additional Licensure Requirements:

All WLMA candidates must meet with the advisor in the College of Education to apply for licensure during their first semester of study.

To obtain licensure and world language endorsement, the following elements are required in addition to the WLMA & Licensure corsework:

  1. Language Proficiency 
    Completion of the WLMA program provides students with secondary certification, making them eligible to seek one or more subject-specific endorsements such as world language. A world language endorsement also requires demonstration of language proficiency. 

    A minimum current speaking proficiency rating of advanced-low for level 1 and 2 languages (e.g. French, German, Italian, and Spanish), or intermediate-high for level 3 and 4 languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian) is required of all candidates. For the speaking proficiency rating, the Utah State Office of Education has approved the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview (OPI) and the Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) language proficiency certification. Please see links for more information: Utah School Endorsements
  2. Praxis Tests 
    Candidates for licensure have to pass Praxis II tests in each subject for which they seek an endorsement. Praxis tests are required for all secondary school subjects, for ESL and for French, German, Latin and Spanish. For further information on the required praxis tests, consult the Utah State Office of Education and ETS Praxis Test Web sites.

  3. Non-Language Subjects 
    Candidates who have completed a non-World Language major may obtain an endorsement for teaching that subject in conjunction with the World Language MA with Licensure. Please consult the USOE Web site for subject endorsement requirements.

 For further information on certification and endorsements, go to the USOE website.

For more information about the program and courses offered visit the General Catalog.


Helpful Web sites:

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has tests in French, German, Latin, and Spanish.

The Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) provides a language proficiency certification rating for most languages taught in Utah schools.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provides an oral proficiency interview rating for 48 languages.

Last Updated: 12/13/16