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Foreign Language (K-12)

The mission of the world language education program is to prepare professionals who understand that pedagogical choices grow from a deep understanding of the study of world languages and cultures and also the unique needs of all learners, honoring the diverse students in our classrooms and the larger community being served.

Further, in keeping with the national standards of the five C’s, the mission of the world language education program is to prepare world language teachers to teach students how to:

  • Communicate in languages other than English, in written and spoken form,
  • Understand perspectives, and products of other cultures,
  • Compare the target language to one’s native tongue so as to develop insight into the general nature of linguistic communication, and
  • Develop ease in participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Starting with these four principles and a mindfulness of student profiles, candidates construct standards-based plans that are grounded in a study of best practices as defined by research, models of excellence in the field, and creative and ever-dynamic thought. Candidates understand that this reflective practice continues—and, in fact, defines—ones entire career.

Use the links below or the navigation at the left to view specific course requirements for each language certification

Spanish (K-12)  |  French (K-12)  |  German (K-12)

Dual Certification in Modern Languages

When a student completes a full major in one language, certification may be obtained in a second under the following conditions:

  • Completion of seven courses above the elementary level in the second language (see current Course Catalog). The student must achieve the required 3.00 average in each language to be recommended for certification. Student teaching experience is required in all languages in which certification is anticipated.
  • Students interested in dual certification in modern languages are advised to consult with their advisors early in their academic program.

Professional Education Courses Required for All Foreign Language Certifications

Recommended for the freshman year, spring 

  • EDUC 160 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy (Stage 1 & 2 Field Experience/ fulfills M3) 

Recommended for the sophomore year 

  • EDUC 130 Student Development & Instructional Design (40 hour Stage 1 & 2 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 100.2 Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners (spring)
  • EDUC 140.2 Computer Technology in the Classroom
  • EDUC 244 Including Students with Disabilities (spring) 

Recommended for the junior year 

  • EDUC 260 Reflective Teaching (fall only; 40 hour Stage 3 Field Experience) 

Recommended for the senior year 

  • EDUC 361 Curriculum and Instruction in Foreign Language (fall only; 110 hour Stage 3 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 375-7 Student Teaching
  • EDUC 378 Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching