Mar 03, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Foreign Language Education (K-12), Minor

A Minor in K-12 Foreign Language Education requires 35 credit hours, including foreign language methodology and assessment courses, and 21 hours for the student teaching semester. 

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

See University 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:

  • 30 earned credit hours
  • GPA of 2.7 or above
  • Major in a foreign language for which there is teacher licensure (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish)
  • Grades of C or above in either:
  • A passing score on the Praxis Core exam or acceptable alternatives (SAT or ACT)
  • Signed Statement of Commitment to Professional Dispositions
  • Pass a criminal background check (completed at time of application in TEAL)
  • Recommendation of major advisor

Students should consult with an advisor in the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) as soon as they begin considering teacher education in order to graduate on time.

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 coursework in the major, with the final semester as the full-time student teaching semester. 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, Japanese, or Spanish).

Minor Requirements

Year-Long Internship and Student Teaching (21 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 School and Community Partnerships during the first semester of education coursework.  Deadlines are posted on the Office of School and Community Partnerships 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 2.7 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 FLED 4469  requires admission to student teaching through the College’s Office of School and Community Partnerships, 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, Japanese or Spanish) that is evaluated by a post-secondary instructor at the proficient or accomplished level in all areas of the corresponding rubric.

Minor Total = 35 Credit Hours

Progression 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 P in student teaching with recommendation from Cooperating Teacher, University Supervisor, and Principal
  • Passing score on edTPA is required for licensure and graduation

Special Policies or Requirements

The successful completion of this degree program includes meeting the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s licensure requirements for certification. Consequently, additional requirements must be completed during the student’s program and are listed below.  Since state licensure requirements often change, additional work may be required to complete the program with a teaching license.