Clock Hours & Graduate-Level Credit

Note: The following information is from the 2019 Summer Institute program; it will give you a general idea of options for credit and clock hours. The information will be updated for 2020 by late November 2019.

Clock Hour Certification

Participants can earn certificates for up to 30 Clock Hours of Continuing Professional Education for full attendance at any of the week-long CARLA summer institutes, or up to 6 clock hours/day for the two- and three-day programs. These are awarded on the last day of the institute.

Graduate-Level Credit Options

Most of the CARLA summer institutes are available for two graduate-level credits at an additional cost through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) or College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The Transitioning to Teaching Language Online-online course is offered for three graduate-level credits.


International participants are currently not eligible to enroll for credit because of INS regulations, unless they are matriculated into a University of Minnesota program.

Institutes for language teachers offering graduate-level credit registration this year:

  • Creativity in the Classroom (CI 5627)–CEHD
  • Culture as the Core (CI 5621)–CEHD
  • Developing Assessments (CI 5625)–CEHD
  • Exploring Project-Based Language Learning (CI 5608 sec. 4)–CEHD
  • Growing Learner Language (CI 5622)–CEHD
  • Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners (CI 5638)–CEHD
  • Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings (CI 5619)–CEHD
  • Transitioning to Teaching Language Online-online course (CI 5608 sec. 2)–CEHD
  • Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning-online course (LgTT 5111)–CLA
  • Using Authentic Materials (CI 5608 sec. 3)–CEHD
  • Using Technology in Second Language Teaching (LgTT 5110)–CLA

Tuition & Fees for Graduate-Level Credit

Tuition and fees for graduate-level credits depends on whether the participant is a degree-seeking/certificate student or a non-degree-seeking student (not matriculated in a U of MN program) who wishes to take the institute for credit.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students:

Cost: For those not enrolled in degree programs at the University of Minnesota, the tuition cost is between $711 per credit, PLUS approximately $100 in registration fees for two credits. The cost of tuition and fees is in addition to the initial registration cost through CARLA (varies between $350-$450).

See a chart of tuition and fees for non-degree-seeking students.

Note: Non-degree-seeking students who are accepted to the following UM certificate programs are eligible for a discount on their initial registration cost!

U of MN Degree-Seeking or Certificate Students:

Cost: A discount on the initial, non-credit registration cost is offered to UM students who will register for credit AND are currently enrolled in a University of Minnesota degree-seeking program or the certificate programs listed above. To pay this discounted rate (varies between $150 - $200), registrants must indicate their U of MN student ID# on the registration form.

Credit Registration Process:

The process for registering for graduate-level credit depends on your status at the University of Minnesota. See the CARLA Summer Institute registration page for details.



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