SLAT Certificate

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

Graduate Students

Undergraduate students, please see our TESL Certificate Page


The SLAT Certificate is open to graduate students in any graduate program at UF. This certificate covers Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) for a variety of languages, including English, and is intended to attract students from Linguistics, Education, and the language departments (English, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and Spanish & Portuguese).


There is no special application. The program is open to native and non-native speakers of English who have completed their undergraduate studies at an accredited university and have been admitted into a graduate program at the University of Florida. Those who complete the core courses are automatically part of the program.

English fluency: No demonstration is needed by native speakers. Non-native speakers of English may be asked to submit a score of 55 on the Test of Spoken English before they finish the program.

Course Requirements


15 credits must be completed at the University of Florida
(12 credits core, 3 credits electives)

Course Work:

Required Core (12 credit hours-four courses)

1. LIN 6720 Second Language Acquisition (LIN 4721 cannot be substituted)

2. A “Structure of…” course
Choose one of the following (or an equivalent course to be approved by SLAT Certificate Coordinator):

LIN 6571 Structure of X (language changes yearly)
ARA 4850 Structure of Arabic
CHI 4850 Structure of Chinese
JPN 4850 Structure of Japanese
FRE 6855 Structure of French (also exists at 4000-level)
SPN 6855 Structure of Spanish (also exists at 4000-level)
LIN 5741 Applied English Grammar
LIN 3680 Modern English Structure

3. A Language Teaching Methods course
Choose one of the following (or an equivalent course to be approved by SLAT Certificate Coordinator):

TSL 6171 Materials and Techniques for TESL (3 credits)
FOL6943 Romance Language Teaching Methods
FLE 6336 Foreign Language Methods for Elementary Teachers
FLE 6337 Foreign Language Methods for Secondary Teachers
TSL 6373 Methods of Teaching ESOL K-12

4. One course in the area of Research Methods
Choose one of the following (or an equivalent course to be approved by SLAT Certificate Coordinator):

LIN 6084 Introduction to Graduate Research
LIN 7885 Discourse Analysis (for qualitative research)
SPN 6735 Research Design, Methods and Statistics in Applied Linguistics
STA 6126 Statistical Methods in Social Research I

5. Elective
Choose one of the following (or an equivalent course to be approved by SLAT Certificate Coordinator):

LIN 7225 Topics in SLA
(past topics have included Second Language, Discourse/Pragmatics, Second Language Reading, Second Language Individual Differences, Second Language Syntax, SLA and the Brain, Second Language Input & Interaction)
LIN 6601 Survey of Sociolinguistics
SPN 6735 SLA Topics in Spanish
(past topics have included Second Language Phonology, SLA and Study Abroad, Bilingualism, Acquisition of Spanish Morphosytnax, and Issues in Multilingualism)
FOL 6326 Technology in Foreign Language Education
FLE 6165 Bilingual Education
FLE 6167 Cross-Cultural Communication
TSL 6440 Language Testing and Evaluation
EDG 6931 Topics, Graduate seminar taught by ESOL faculty members

Contribution to the Profession

Candidates must provide proof that they have contributed to the profession in one of the following ways: (i) presentation of a paper at a local, state, or national conference or departmental colloquium, (ii) publication of a paper in a proceedings, edited volume, or journal, or (iii) leading of a workshop at a professional meeting.

Applying for the Certificate

In the semester in which you anticipate completing the requirements for the SLAT Certificate, print out a copy of the SLAT Application Form SLAT Application Form. Fill out the application form and email it to the SLAT Coordinator. The SLAT Coordinator will verify that you have met the requirements and request your certificate with the Office of the Registrar. Your certificate will be mailed to the address you provide on the SLAT Application Form within a few weeks. If you need proof that you have earned the SLAT Certificate before your certificate arrives in the mail, contact the SLAT Coordinator to request a form letter confirming that you have earned the SLAT Certificate.

Contact information for the SLAT Coordinator:

Dr. Stefanie Wulff
University of Florida
4015 Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL  32611-5454
Tel:   (352) 294-7455
Fax:  (352) 392-8480