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ACTFL STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching

program description

Are you:

  • A speaker of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu?
  • An individual ready to work toward certification to teach in K-12 public schools?

The STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Program focuses on closing the gap for heritage school teachers and/or native speakers by creating a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) to work toward state certification.  The goal is to prepare more language teachers that are ready to be placed in a K-12 public school classroom as an alternative entry or provisionally licensed teacher. This teacher training program will support up to 50 prospective teachers in 8 targeted STARTALK languages to address the critical need for K-12 language programs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia

The focus is to prepare teachers to meet the licensing requirements of the state where they will be teaching and enter the classroom as effective educators with the skills to plan, deliver, and assess instruction using the STARTALK Principles and research-based strategies for language learning.

The partners in this program will help each participant as much as possible to work toward teaching licensure via the pathways available in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Four Phases of Pathways to Teaching

The Institute design includes 70 hours of instruction delivered online and face-to-face in four phases through a variety of learning experiences:

  • Phase 1: Pre-Institute (1.5 hour online broadcast every Wednesday, excluding July 1) – June 17 through July 15, 2020
  • Phase 2: Summer Institute (54 hours over 8 days) – July 22 through July 29, 2020
  • Phase 3: Post-Institute (1-1.5-hour online broadcasts every second Wednesday of the month, excluding November) – August 12, 2020, through February 10, 2021
  • Phase 4: Extended Institute (additional individual work to complete certification requirements as outlined in each participant’s Personalized Learning Plan).

Each participant must commit to participate in all four stages of the program.

phase 2 summer institute Location and Cost

WHERE:  To Be Determined (TBD) on-site and/or virtual


  • The institute, including all teaching, support, and materials (before the on-site institute, during the on-site institute, and after the on-site institute through February 10, 2021)
  • On-site lodging (7 nights, from arrival July 22 through departure July 29)
  • On-site meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • On-site parking (if needed)
  • If not already completed, assessment of language proficiency (Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test)


  • Travel to/from institute site (in VA, NC, SC, or GA)
  • Any meals that are not part of the institute
  • Personal expenses

Who May Apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident (Green Card holder). You will be required to provide documentation of your residency if accepted.
  • Have an Advanced Low or higher proficiency in one of the program’s STARTALK languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu) as outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. You must submit your Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) certificates on the application. If you have not taken the OPI or WPT and believe you have at least an Advanced Low proficiency in your language, you may still apply. If accepted, you will be required to take the OPI and WPT, which will be paid for by the program.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If you attended a college/university outside the United States of America, an evaluation of your transcripts must be completed by an approved agency such as World Education Services. If the evaluation is not yet available, you may still apply now and it’s possible that you will receive a “provisional” acceptance.
  • Have plans to work toward teacher certification in order to teach your STARTALK language in K-12 public schools in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia. Note: If you currently reside outside of these four states, please apply and you may be admitted to the program if space is available. If you already have a teaching license, you are not eligible to apply.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact ACTFL Education Project Coordinator, Kate McCrea,