Intensive Summer Institute for World Language Teachers
Intensive Summer Institute for World Language Teachers (ISIWLT) 2013
This summer Northern Kentucky University will again offer an alternative certification program, the Intensive Summer Institute for World Language Teachers 2013. The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board has designated this format for pursuing Kentucky certification as Option 7.
This summer's institute will begin on Monday, June 3, and end on Friday, July 19, with the conclusion of the Northern Kentucky World Language Camp. It will include twelve graduate hours of coursework on the history, theory, and methodology of language teaching, standards-based assessment, curriculum development, classroom management, human growth and development, and the teaching of students with exceptionalities, as well as a one-week, one- credit practicum in the immersion teaching environment provided by the Northern Kentucky World Language Camp, for a total of thirteen hours of graduate credit. Participants who already hold Kentucky certification in another teaching area will normally be required to complete only seven of the thirteen hours in order to add certification in a world language to their existing certificates.
The languages in which candidates may be recommended for certification through this program are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Applicants in Arabic with an offer of employment from a Kentucky school district may also be considered for admission.
This year's institute will be tuition-based. Applicants who submit a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) based on their federal income tax return for 2012 may apply for relevant student loan programs.
To meet admission requirements for a teacher certification program in Kentucky, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree awarded by a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last sixty hours of credit completed and obtain satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and on the Praxis World Language Test for French, Spanish, or German or the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview for Chinese or Japanese. To find the schedule for tests, go to www.ets.org.
Non-native speakers of English must submit current scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside the United States who have not obtained a degree from an American institution of higher learning must obtain course-by-course evaluations including an equivalent cumulative GPA from a credential evaluating service approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. These services are listed at http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
To be recommended for certification, participants must receive a grade of B or higher in each course including the camp practicum and must demonstrate knowledge and application of the methods and techniques taught in the institute and appropriate teacher dispositions during the one-week practicum. To be eligible for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program in their first year of teaching, participants must register for the July 20 administration of the Praxis Test Principles of Learning and Teaching and obtain a passing score.
Those interested in obtaining alternative certification through this path should begin the application process in a timely manner by submitting the program’s supplementary application form in order to receive updated information on an ongoing basis.
Official transcripts of all academic work, an up-to-date resume, and a short statement of professional goals must be submitted. Two confidential letters from individuals evaluating an applicant’s character and aptitude for teaching are also required. These letters should address the candidate’s qualifications in respect to critical thinking, communication, creativity, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
For full consideration applications must be complete by April 30, 2013.
Northern Kentucky University has offered an alternative certification institute every year since 2006. Applicants must be aware, however, that the university’s ability to offer the institute in 2013 is dependent on adequate enrollment.
All admitted students are expected to familiarize themselves with and adhere to the Graduate Honor Code and Codes of Ethics adopted by the College of Education and Human Services, accessible at KYEPSB Code of Ethics and COEHS Code of Ethics. The signature page of the Graduate Honor Code must be signed and return for an application to be complete.
Those interested in applying for alternative certification through this program should submit their supplemental application Ms. Kari Wright by email at email@example.com Doing so will enable applicants to receive program updates.