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Languages Certificate Programs

A certification that pays off big time

Take more classes in a language you are passionate about all while keeping your options open for the future. Many Blugolds pursue a certificate in languages in order to do just that. It's easier than you think! Most certificates can be earned with 13-18 additional credits, which translates to around 3-5 additional courses after the introductory courses.

Click on the links below to see the current requirements for each certificate.

For printable advising guides for each of the certificates, check out the Department of Languages Blugold Insider Page, using your UWEC username and password to log in.

Ancient Studies

12 credits, with at least six credits at the 300-level or above.

Study of ancient civilizations lies at the root of almost every field of human inquiry and, for that matter, the modern university. An Ancient Studies Certificate is an ideal complement for students seeking an intellectually challenging discipline, and it offers a deeper understanding of the cultures of the ancient world and their continued impact on the present.

Learn more about the ancient studies certificate 


Minimum of 15 semester credits.

The Chinese Certificate aims to deepen students’ Chinese language proficiency and cultural knowledge of China and Chinese-speaking regions in the world. Upon completion, students are expected to reach novice-high or intermediate-low proficiency in Chinese. This certificate will be a beneficial credential to reflect students’ investment in and knowledge of Chinese.

Learn more about the Chinese certificate

French Proficiency

13 credits above French 201

Available for any non-French major or minor. Skills in practical written and oral language will be learned. Great complement to a variety of disciplines.

Learn more about the French proficiency certificate

German Proficiency

13 credits above German 201

Available for any non-German major or minor. Gain practical and professional German language skills. Complements other disciplines for future career aspirations utilizing German.

Learn more about the German proficiency certificate

Ojibwe Language

15 credits

Upon completion of this certificate students will be able to: converse in Ojibwe at an intermediate level, have the linguistic and cultural competency to function effectively and appropriately in an Ojibwe cultural setting, be able to conduct future Ojibwe language research, and learn oral presentations skills which can be applied to any language. 

Learn more about the Ojibwe language certificate


14 credits

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate is meant to cover the basics for future EFL teachers including a required teaching experience by taking FLG 375. It is also an option for those who do not have the time to complete the TEFL minor in their existing programs or for non-traditional students.

Learn more about the TEFL certificate

Frequently asked questions about TEFL

What is the difference between TESOL and TEFL?
Aside from the acronym difference, professionals in the field use the distinction between second language environments, where English is spoken in the community outside of the classroom, and foreign language environments, where the students' native language is spoken outside of the classroom. For your academic purposes, this distinction explains whether you want to teach in the U.S. (a second language environment) with a state of Wisconsin license (TESOL) or if you want to teach overseas in Japan, China, Mexico, Poland, Romania or Korea (TEFL).

Can I obtain the TESOL Minor for an in-state license and do the TEFL Minor or certificate so I can teach internationally?
Yes, you may do the certificate for only two additional classes (ES 409 and FLG 375). You may not do the two minors (TESOL and TEFL) because there are too many overlaps in course work. But you may add the TEFL certificate to your TESOL minor with very little additional course work.

For more information about minoring in TESOL, take a look at the minor page or contact the Education Studies department.

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