Course of Study
The undergraduate teacher certification program is a four-year degree program offered
by the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures with majors in Classics, French,
German, and Spanish with the pre-K - 12 teacher certification option.
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Students will complete the core courses required by the College of Arts and Sciences
and the required major courses for the language of their choice. These courses consist
of 27 hours at the 300 level and above including a linguistics course.
Additionally, all students will complete 23 hours of Education and Foreign Language
Methodology courses as well as a year-long practicum consisting of 3 hours in the
fall semester and 12 hours in the spring semester of the student’s last year of studies.
The education courses required for the program and their corresponding credit hours
EDPY 401 (3) Learners & Diversity of Learning
Content Area Reading
EDRD 500 (3) Content Area Literacy PK-12
EDEX 491 (2) Introduction to Inclusion of Students with Mild Disabilities
Instruction and Teaching
EDTE 201 (3) Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
Education – Secondary
EDSE 584 (3) Middle School/High School Internship Seminar
FOREIGN LANGUAGE METHODOLOGY COURSES
The foreign language methodology courses required for the program and their corresponding
credit hours are:
FORL 472 (3) Technology in Foreign Language Education
FORL 511 (3) Teaching Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools (cross-listed as EDSE
FORL 510 (3) Teaching Second Languages to Young Children (cross-listed as EDEL 510)
FORL 448 (3) Internship A - Observation
FORL 474 (12) Internship B – Student Teaching
Internship A, Observation, involves the application of effective teaching techniques
and organization of instructional settings in foreign languages for pre-K-12. In Internship
B, Student Teaching, students will apply methods of curriculum and assessment, professionalism,
effective teaching, and organization of instructional settings in a foreign language
classroom. Prior to starting Internship B, students must take a double-rated Oral
Proficiency Interview and score advanced low (as required by NCATE). During Internship
B, students must take the Praxis II Exam.
The application to the Professional Program and Internship Application must be submitted
to the College of Education by March 15 if internship A will take place in the fall
semester and by Dec. 1 if internship A will take place in the spring semester. The
application for certification must be submitted by April 15.
The Kyrl Leighton-Faxford de Gravelines Scholarship is awarded each year to one, two
or three rising senior majors in foreign language who demonstrate:
- A sincere desire to teach foreign languages as a career as evidenced by a statement
from the candidate and recommendations of teachers.
- Clear excellence in the candidate’s academic record, particularly in the language
of study as evidenced by a transcript and vita.
Term of Award: Awarded as tuition remission for following fall semester at USC-Columbia.
Application to include:
- Completed Application Form
- Transcript (official or unofficial)
- Personal statement of career intention (one-page minimum)
- Two (2) recommendations from faculty.
We encourage you to study aborad either during the year or for one of our summer study
abroad programs in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. These experiences
are invaluable for improving your language skills and cultural knowledge, study abroad
experience is also an attractive addition to your résumé.
If you're studying abroad when the internship, professional program, and certification
applications are due, you should submit your applications as soon as they return from
study abroad in order to be able to participate in both internship programs.
Still have questions?
Contact the Undergraduate Foreign Language Assistant Director of Teacher Education,
Catherine Wiskes, firstname.lastname@example.org.