Teacher Institute Program



Pathway 1: Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education

The Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education (CBTE) program prepares qualified Mandarin teachers to teach in both Chinese and English in K-12 bilingual immersion or foreign language classrooms. Successful graduates will complete a 3-in-1 program: a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Elementary or Secondary Education, and a Mandarin Bilingual Authorization.

Applicants admitted into the program will become part of a cohort, in which students will work toward the 2-year "3-in-1" program. During the second year of the program, students who successfully complete the coursework will be assigned to local elementary or secondary schools for the student-teaching experience. The CBTE program meets the California teaching requirements through a research-based curriculum delivered by expert faculty. Small class sizes, along with the support and guidance from the faculty, administrators and staff, will ultimately lead to the certification of Chinese teachers eligible to teach at any elementary or secondary school in California and in many other states.

Upon acceptance into the School of Education, Chinese-proficient teacher candidates will take two pre-service credential courses (continuing Chinese bilingual teacher candidates will also take 2 courses). Our twelfth STARTALK grant will provide scholarships for summer and fall tuition.

To participate in this program, applicants must first be accepted to the LMU School of Education. Click here for the LMU Graduate School Application procedure.

Pathway 2: Certificate in Teaching Mandarin – Professional Development

What is the Certificate in Teaching Mandarin in PreK-12 Classrooms?

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is offering a professional development certificate in Teaching Mandarin in PreK-12 Classroom this summer, beginning April 2019. This hybrid (online) program is taught in Mandarin by experienced and exemplary instructors and is geared specifically for Mandarin speakers and teachers in immersion, bilingual/dual language, and heritage language programs for the purpose of increasing their instructional skills. Course content is designed for credentialed teachers and non-credentialed teachers who have intermediate or advanced skills in Mandarin. The 12-unit continuing education program of study is offered through a combination of on-site, online, and video-telecast meetings.

  • Course 1a – Content-based Instruction in Mandarin – 4 units (New Scholars)
    • Late April - June 2019 - requires several Face-to-Face sessions on Saturdays (2-3 times) plus several Online and Webcast sessions.
  • Course 1b – Content-based Instruction in Mandarin – 2 units (Returning Scholars)
    • Late April - June 2019 - requires several Face-to-Face sessions on Saturdays (2-3 times) plus several Online and Webcast sessions.
  • Course 2 – Practicum in Teaching Mandarin - 1 unit (New Scholars)
    • June 17 - June 28, 2019 - Face-to-Face sessions during the Student program
  • Course 3ab – Assessment and Oral Proficiency – 4 units (New Scholars)
    • June 17 - June 28, 2019 (one webinar session only during the Student Summer Program); and
    • September - November 2019 (Online and Webcast sessions - no Face-to-Face)
  • Course 3b – Assessment and Oral Proficiency Practicum – 1 unit (Returning Scholars)
    • June 17 - June 28, 2019 (one webinar session only during the Student Summer Program)
  • Course 4 - Chinese Grammar Pedagogy - 3 units (New Scholars)
    • January – February 2020 (Online and Webcast sessions – no Face-to-Face)

Credentialed and non-credentialed and heritage language teacher candidates will complete this 4 hybrid course-series offered through LMU Extension for 12 credit hours. Upon completion of this Summer Institute, participants will:

  • Deepen knowledge and skill in teaching Chinese grammar (Chinese Grammar Pedagogy course);
  • Expand knowledge of content-based Mandarin language, with focus on the arts and movement education (Content-based Instruction in Mandarin and Methods in Content-Based Instruction); and
  • Apply new skills in content instruction in Mandarin and engage in reflection about their practices (Practicum in Mandarin).

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Only those who are credentialed teachers and have successfully completed the required trainings and PD courses and submitted all required paperwork will be eligible to be recruited as one of our STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Teacher Summer Institute program teachers. Your attendance records and performance during workshops and meetings will be taken into consideration for placement. Successful completion of all four (4) unit courses with a grade of "B" or better is required to earn the Certificate. Participants can earn a total of up to 12 continuing education units. Prior to course enrollment, participants should check district requirements for CEU acceptance and salary point equivalency.

Participants will design, complete and deliver thematic and standards-aligned content-based lessons with guidance and support from Project instructors and staff. All units/lessons will be assessed by Certificate course instructors with support from the Instructional Leads. Students’ language portfolios will be used as a way to assess teacher efficacy. Certificate pathway participants will complete e-portfolios with classroom instruction, their lessons, and their reflections as part of the culminating experience.