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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Foreign Language Education (K-12), Minor

A Minor in K-12 Foreign Language Education requires 33 credit hours, including two 3-hour foreign language methodology courses and 15 hours for the student teaching semester. 

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to Minor in K-12 Foreign Language Education must be approved for admission to the minor by meeting statewide teacher education program admission requirements.  Advising and admission to the minor are administered through the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) in the College of Education.  The criteria for admission include:

  • 45 earned credit hours
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Major in a foreign language for which there is teacher licensure (French, German, or Spanish)
  • Grades of C or above in either:
  • Passing scores on the SAT, ACT, or Praxis Core tests
  • Recommendation of major advisor

After admission to the minor, advising is offered through the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education in collaboration with advising in the student’s major department.  The minor is designed to be coordinated with Junior and Senior level coursework in the major, with the final semester being full-time student teaching.  Successful completion of the minor leads to a recommendation for the initial teaching license in the K-12 subject area associated with the student’s major (French, German, or Spanish).

Minor Requirements

Year-Long Internship (24 credit hours)

Students are required to complete a yearlong internship beginning the semester prior to the student teaching semester and ending upon the successful completion of the student teaching semester.  Application to the yearlong internship should be submitted to the Office of Field Experiences during the first semester of education coursework.  Deadlines are posted on the Office of Field Experiences website.  Prior to student teaching, teacher-candidates must demonstrate advanced foreign language skills by obtaining a minimum score of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Major/Content advisor recommendation is required for beginning the Year-long Internship in Semester 2 of program course sequence.  Requirements include:

  • GPA of 2.75 in the major/licensure, with grades of C or above, can be attained before the student teaching semester
  • Documentation of Major/Content Planning Sheet for Student Folder in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education


*Enrollment in MDSK 4150  and FLED 4469  requires admission to student teaching through the College’s Office of Field Experiences, a GPA of 2.75 in the major, licensure area, and in professional education courses with no grades lower than a C, a 2.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum score of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and completion of a scholarly paper written in the intended language of instruction (French, German, or Spanish) that is evaluated by a post-secondary instructor at the proficient or accomplished level in all areas of the corresponding rubric.

Grade Requirements

For a degree to be conferred, students must successfully complete all program requirements which include:

  • Grades of C or above in all professional education courses
  • Education degree minimum GPA of 2.75 and a minimum content GPA of 2.75

Recommendation for licensure must include:

  • A grade of A or B in student teaching with recommendation from Cooperating Teacher, University Supervisor, and Principal
  • A score of “Proficient” or “Accomplished” on all criteria for state-required electronic evidences, including licensure testing requirements