TLA Foundations Certification FAQs

What Is Transformative Language Arts?

TLA brings together all who resonate with the written, sung and spoken word to cross-pollinate our art, studies, community work, and lives. In this program you’ll find writers, storytellers, musicians, expressive and integrated arts facilitators, community leaders and activists, healers and health professionals, educators and facilitators, performers and organizers  exploring what it means to use our words for change, growth, healing and community building. TLA comes from a perspective that holds the personal and the political, the local and the global, the individual resilience or breakthroughs we’re seeking in our lives at the moment as well as how we can use the arts to help others find voice and vision. The walls between us dissolve, and we find great inspiration, energy, and innovation together.

Who Would Benefit From This Certification?

  • Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Pastoral Counselors and other health professionals who wish to bring TLA practices into their counseling practices

  • Teachers in language arts and related fields who want to help their students find more of their voices and visions through TLA

  • Community workshop facilitators, visiting artists, and artists-in-residence who want to enhance their facilitation of writing, songwriting, expressive arts, drama therapy and community theater, collaborative arts, storytelling, and integrated arts

  • Goddard College MA-TLA prospective or current students, and alumni ready for more community and livelihood opportunities and direction. (Note: Thanks to a new partnership with Goddard College, the college will grant a $1,000 scholarship – $500 each for two semesters of study – for all students in or applying to any Goddard program who have completed this certification. Learn more about the partnership here.)

  • Writers, storytellers, musicians, artists, activists, community leaders, performers and others who are ready to discover ways to interface their art with their community

What is the Difference Between This Certification and Goddard College’s MA in TLA?

Goddard College’s MA in TLA is a 48-credit hour master’s program focused on theoretical groundwork, individual TLA practice, ongoing integration and reflection, an extensive community practicum, and a thesis project related to an in-depth and specific focus within TLA. The TLA Foundations certification is more of an introduction to or enhancement of TLA in theory and practice with opportunities for reflecting and acting on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action. The MA program and the TLA Foundations certification are mutually complementary. The certification is administered by the TLA Network, a not-for-profit organization. The MA degree is part of a fully accredited independent college. The certification can be of value to people with no need or calling to earn a MA in TLA, a good first step for people planning on applying to the Goddard program, or a stepping stone for people who’ve already earned a MA in TLA. Furthermore, Goddard College, in partnership with the TLA Network, offers all who complete the certification a scholarship, and qualified students may also be eligible for an accelerated MA in TLA. Learn more here.

Read more about the certification here.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044

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