SBU Embarks on Korean Language Teacher Certification Program
Grant from Korean Education Center in New York would fund the first such program in NY State
STONY BROOK, NY, July 19, 2012 – Stony Brook University has received a $457,000 grant from the Korean Education Center of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York to help establish a Teacher Certification Program for Korean language in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) pending final approval from SUNY and the New York State Department of Education.
The grant, facilitated by the University’s Center for Korean Studies, will be used for a full-time position of Korean language lecturer and a part-time administrative staff member. The program is aimed at meeting the growing need for qualified Korean teachers by training candidates who pursue a BA degree in Asian and Asian American Studies (Adolescent Education for Korean grades 7-12) in order to obtain the New York State Education Department-certified teaching license for Korean language.
“This new BA program by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies will help address the demand for certified Korean language teachers in secondary public schools that has been increasing nationwide during the last decade,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Stony Brook Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It will allow the Department and the Professional Education Program to develop a distinct cultural and linguistic emphasis based on the full array of major East Asian language programs. We thank the Korean Education Center for its generous grant and look forward to future cooperation in educational and professional development activities.”
The program will be a collaboration between the AAAS and the Foreign Language Teacher Preparation (FLA) Program in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and additional programs coordinated by the Professional Education Program (PEP).
Group photo caption: Standing from left are Charles L. Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; Hongkyung Kim, Ph.D., Director, Center for Korean Studies; Ms. Misook Kim, Executive Officer of the Korean Education Center; Prof. Heejeong Sohn, Assistant Director of the Center for Korean Studies; William Arens, Ph.D., Dean, International Academic Programs and Services. Seated are Mr. Suk Lee, Director, Korean Education Center and Dennis N. Assanis, Stony Brook Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs signing agreement.