Since its launch in fall 2015, the certificate has offered 27 courses to over 200 language educators. Below are some of our former and current certificate students sharing their motivation for entering the program and their experience as certificate students:

Mark Abalos

Mark Abalos

Certificate Graduate
Mark is the President and CEO of Global Elite Lingua Franca, an ESL school located in Makati City, Philippines. The school offers private lessons, courses and workshops to ESL learners from the Philippines and abroad. Mark found out about the certificate from the program director whom he met at the FLEAT 6 conference at Harvard University. Mark was one of five students who enrolled in the first course offered in...
Debbie McCorkle

Debbie McCorkle

Certificate Student
Debbie McCorkle teaches French at a small high school in Southern Ohio. She is a 30 year veteran teacher. She found out about the certificate program through a Facebook ad and decided to give it a try. She is currently finishing her second certificate course: “I was not tech at all, the techiest thing I was doing before was doing online research and using quizlet. The courses I took taught...
Nicolas Pares

Nicolas Pares

Certificate Graduate
After working for 6 years as an ESL instructor and educational consultant, Nicolas Parés recently accepted a full-time instructional designer position at the University of Denver. He completed the graduate certificate in Spring 2017. “I decided to pursue the certificate to get hands-on experience with educational technology. I looked at other programs but a lot of them were out-of-state, in-person Master's. The certificate was more of a short-term flexible option...
Margot Riemer

Margot Riemer

Certificate Graduate
Margot taught for 24 years in California when she decided to move to Germany with her family to have an experience living abroad. She now teaches Spanish in a bilingual school in Berlin. She started taking certificate courses because she wanted to maintain ties to the language communities while transitioning to her new life in Europe. “Just being in the certificate program gave me a list of ideas of things...
Cécile Tirel

Cecile Tirel

Certificate Student
Cecile is a French Lecturer at the University of Denver. She received her PhD in French Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017. She took a certificate course to supplement the pedagogical training she received as a teaching Assistant at CU. “I decided to take a certificate course because I was teaching French courses online at the time but I did not have any formal training to teach...
Heidi trude

Heidi Trude

Certificate Graduate
Heidi has been teaching French for 10 years in Virginia. She is a Google Certified Educator at Level 1 and 2 and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is also the 2017 Virginia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year and the 2018 SCOLT Language Teacher of the Year. “I consider myself to be quite proficient in technology and technology integration as a result of my Google certifications, and I...