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A designation awarded by a credible organization that is earned by a language learner or teacher to assure qualification in learning or teaching one or more languages.

In language learning, certifications are formal credentials issued by a credible organization or agency such as a government, university, educational foundation, or professional or industry organization that verifies that holders of the credentials meet designated competency or achievement standards in learning, using, teaching, or translating one or more languages.

Credentials may include (but are not limited to):

  • Specific language exams that result in a certificate of achievement or level
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) professional credentials
  • Translator or interpreter credentials
  • Public school teacher licensure for language education, such as becoming a certified ESL teacher in New Jersey
  • University degrees with a major study area in foreign language, ancient language, and/or language education

Credentials that are not primarily focused on language, such as business degrees, information technology certifications, or physician licensure, are off-topic except with respect to meeting specific language requirements.