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Adventurous people are in demand to teach language education for students living in an increasingly global society. Becoming a teacher of modern languages requires either a bachelor’s degree in secondary education or a B.A. in modern languages with licensure. The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages offer course work in French, German, Japanese and Spanish leading to the B.A. in Modern Language degree. In cooperation with the College of Education, these courses may be used as a concentration field in each of these languages for students also seeking the B.S. degree in education. Several scholarships and opportunities for study abroad are available for students who qualify.
Teacher candidates are prepared to demonstrate competencies in 4 major Skills and Knowledge areas in the language of concentration: Linguistic, Critical Thinking, Cultural/Global Awareness, and Self- Reflection. Area schools and organizations such as the St. Louis Language Immersion School offer excellent opportunities for working with students while learning to teach.
All courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. No course required for the major may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (s/u) basis with the exception of those taken abroad as part of a university program that has received departmental approval.
All students seeking a B.A. in a Modern Language must successfully complete FL 2100 Languages and World View, and must meet the departmental requirement of a minimum of 33 hours in French or 33 hours in German or 37 hours in Japanese or 35 hours in Spanish (excluding Language 1001 and 1002). The maximum number of hours that may be taken in the major is 45 (including Language 1001 and 1002). In addition, students seeking the B.A. in a Modern Language who desire a teaching certificate must also take FGN LANG 4589 (same as SEC ED 4589), Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, FGN LANG 4590 (same as SEC ED 4590), and fulfill the professional secondary education requirements of the College of Education.
The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools. Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. degree in the language; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification. Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements. Note: To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall.
In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification. The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification. Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework. Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education. Note: To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall.
Transfer students majoring in one of the modern languages must complete at UMSL a minimum of 12 graded hours in language courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point average of 2.0 or better in those courses.
Native speakers must complete at least two courses at the 3000 level and four courses at the 4000 level to obtain a major in their native language.
|Each major with a French concentration must complete the following courses:|
|FRENCH 2101||Foreign Language and Culture III (or the equivalent)||3|
|FRENCH 2170||Intermediate French Language And Culture||3|
|FRENCH 2180||Readings In French||3|
|FRENCH 3200||French Grammar in Review||3|
|Select four additional courses at the 3000-level||12|
|Select three courses at the 4000-level||9|