Feb 20, 2024
Students majoring in World Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, or Spanish and Hispanic Studies who seek licensure to teach a language in grades K-12 should consult with the World Languages and Cultures Educator Licensure office at the earliest possible opportunity. Educator Licensure involves significant requirements in addition to the completion of a language degree and university general education requirements.
Declare a major in World Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, or Spanish and Hispanic Studies. Consult each semester with the major adviser.
Consult with the World Languages and Cultures Educator Licensure office at the time the major is declared and at the beginning of each semester thereafter.
Apply for the first clinical course, ILAS 201, in March or October prior to the semester in which you wish to take it.
A study abroad experience is highly recommended for all students in the World Languages and Cultures educator licensure program.
Students are admitted to the Educator Licensure program when they have:
- completed the written application for admission to the program, and a satisfactory interview,
- passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP, formerly, Basic Skills Test) or substitute a valid ACT or SAT score,
- attained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application, and a GPA of 3.00 in the language in which the applicant hopes to be licensed, with grades of C or above in all required courses,
- successfully completed ILAS 201 or equivalent, and
- earned a grade of at least B in an advanced grammar course in the major language.
Students admitted to the program must maintain the GPA requirements of 2.75 overall and 3.00 in the world languages and cultures major, and display appropriate professional dispositions at all times.
Requirements in Department
Educator licensure students are required to take all the regular courses for an emphasis in French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, or Spanish and Hispanic Studies, in addition to choosing specific culture and linguistics courses as upper-level electives. Educator licensure students consult regularly with both the major adviser and the World Languages and Cultures Educator Licensure office when choosing courses.
Requirements outside Department
For students who do not have an ACT or SAT score eligible for substitution and who have not passed the TAP, a course in Test of Academic Proficiency preparation may be required. Consult the World Languages and Cultures Educator Licensure office.
The following prerequisites should be taken as part of the B.A.:
a college-level English grammar course (at least 3 credits or proof of having tested out)
Other requirements outside of department
A study abroad experience. Please see the adviser for information on which of the required courses for the major can be taken abroad. Students who elect not to study abroad must take one approved course outside the department focusing on the target cultures, including, but not limited to an ANTH, ARTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, or SOCI course.
Education course work in foundations of education, human development and learning, assessment, teaching exceptional students, and teaching English Language Learners, as well as any required prerequisites for these courses. Consult with the World Languages and Cultures Educator Licensure office about which courses are approved for satisfying this requirement.