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Teacher Education

TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGES

Your Path to a Rewarding Profession

World Language Teachers:

  • Use their world language daily,
  • Share their love of the culture daily,
  • Impact the future of our country, and
  • Make a difference in students’ lives.

You must meet requirements in the following four areas:

A. Content Area:

 

Major in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in the language you plan to teach. (Visit the French, German, and Spanish pages for major requirements)

 

B. General Education Course Work (LAS has additional requirements):

 

  • 6 credits in Natural Sciences
  • 3 credits in Mathematics or Statistics
  • 9 credits in Social Sciences (including Psych 230 or HD FS 102)
  • 6 credits in Humanities (including one course in American history or government)
  • 9 credits in Communication Skills (Engl 150, Engl 250, and one course that develops interpersonal or group presentation skills – e.g. Com St 102, Sp Cm 212)
  • 1 credit Library Skills (Lib 160)

C. Clinical Experience:

 

All students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 80 hours of pre-student teaching clinical experience.  This requirement is met through the following pre-student teaching coursework:

  • C I 280L (.5 credit = 12 hours)
  • C I 280A (1 credit = 24 hours) Note: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program is required.
  • C I 480G (2 credits = 48 hours) Note: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program is required. Must be taken concurrently with WLC 487.

Student Teaching
C I/WLC 417G (16 credits) – all course work must be completed before student teaching

 

D. Professional Teacher Education Core Courses:

 

  • C I 202 Learning Technologies in the 7-12 Classroom (3 credits)
  • C I 204 Social Foundations of Education in the United States (3 credits)
  • C I 333 Educational Psychology (3 credits) Prerequisites- Psych 230 or HD FS 102, application to the Teacher Education Program
  • Sp Ed 401 Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in General Education Classrooms ( 3 credits)
  • C I 406 Multicultural Foundations of Schools and Society: Introduction (3 credits) Prerequisites- C I 202, C I 333, junior classification, admission to Teacher Education Program
  • C I 426 Principles of Secondary Education (3 credits) Prerequisites- C I 202, senior classification, admission to Teacher Education Program
  • C I/WLC 487 Methods in Secondary School World Language Instruction (3 credits) Offered fall semester only; Prerequisites- 25 credits in the world language you plan to teach, admission to the Teacher Education Program

All Students Applying for Licensure with a World Language as the First Endorsement are Required to

Take the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview), ideally the semester before enrolling for WLC 487

Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (Undergraduates)

  1. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (It is the policy of the Department of World Languages and Cultures that if the GPA of a student who has has already been admitted to the Teacher Education Program falls below the required minimum of 2.5, that student is dismissed from the program.  Appeals to this policy may be initiated by individual students and decided upon by the department’s licensure coordinator.)
  2. Praxis CORE exam
    • Reading (test code 5712) cut off score 156
    • Writing (test code 5722) cut off score 162
    • Mathematics (test code 5732) cut off score 150
    • Combined test (test code 5751)
  3. A minimum grade of C for all C I courses, Sp Ed 401, and for all content (language) coursework
  4. Documented completion of ISU approved 12 hours of pre-student teaching field experience (C I 280L)
  5. An acceptable Iowa criminal background check report initiated by ISU’s recommending official. (Students can complete a background check before doing any of the clinical experiences.)
  6. E-portfolio containing a minimum of one graded artifact that received a satisfactory proficiency rating.

* PRAXIS II is required for initial licensure.  Students must take a pedagogy test and a content test(the language you plan to teach) and earn a qualifying score before being recommended for licensure.

Application to the Teacher Education Program

Students may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program any time after they have met the six requirements for admission.  The admission form can be found on the Teacher Education website.

Application for Student Teaching

Typically, students apply for student teaching during the semester they are enrolled in WLC 487.  Students who do not plan to student teach the semester immediately after completing WLC 487, must meet with Dr. Allen sometime in the first week of the semester prior to the semester you plan to student teach.

Post BA students Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average from that institution.
  2. Coursework: (a) A minimum of one course in each of the five identified areas of humanities, math, natural science, communication skills, and social sciences; (b) Professional teacher education core courses (see above for complete list of requirements); (c) Courses required for a major in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in the language you plan to teach (if your B.A. is not in that language).
  3. Successful completion of ONE of the following two basic skills exams:
    • Praxis CORE exam
        • Reading (test code 5712) cut off score 156
        • Writing (test code 5722) cut off score 162
        • Mathematics (test code 5732) cut off score 150
        • Combined test (test code 5751)

      OR

    • GRE scores of at least 400 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections
  4. Documented completion of ISU approved 12 hours of pre-student teaching field experience (typically C I 280L)
  5. A minimum grade of C for all C I courses and for Sp Ed 450
  6. A report from a criminal background check initiated by ISU’s recommending official.
  7. E-portfolio containing a minimum of one graded artifact that received a satisfactory proficiency rating.

Post degree students are required to take the OPI and must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.  PRAXIS II is required for initial licensure.

Future Secondary School World Language Teachers Are Encouraged to Seek Certification in K-12 World Language Teaching

Additional Course Requirements for K-12 World Language Certification:

  • C I/WLC 486 Methods in Elementary School World Language Instruction (3 credits)

Recommended Course:

  • C I 468E Supervised Practicum in Teaching World Language (Elementary School) Required (1 credit)

Requirements for a Second Endorsement in a World Language

Complete WLC 487 (If you do not already have an endorsement in a world language)

Specific Requirements:

  • Chinese – 27 hours beyond the 100 level
  • French – 24 hours beyond the 100 level
  • German – 24 hours beyond the 100 level
  • Latin – 24 hours, including Hist/ Cl St 403
  • Russian – 25 hours
  • Spanish – 24 hours beyond the 100 level

For more information, contact:

 

Linda Quinn Allen
3234 Pearson
(515) 294-9014
lqallen@iastate.edu