The K-12 Foreign Language Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The K-12 Foreign Language programs include the following BA's: K-12 Spanish Teaching, K-12 French Teaching, K-12 German Language and Literature, and K-12 Japanese Language and Culture. Along with the liberal arts requirements, these programs lead to teacher certification for K-12 grades in classrooms of their respective language. The K-12 Foreign Language minor programs include Spanish Language, French Language and German Language.

  • K-12 French Teaching [BA]

    If you love working with children and adolescents, love the French-speaking cultures, and are excited about developing proficiency in French, the Bachelor of Arts in K-12 French Teaching Major is for you. In this program, you will gain a high level of language proficiency, analytical and cognitive skills, transcultural competencies in small group settings and interactions with natives. You will also have study abroad summer courses and/or semester-long experiences at our exchange partner institution in France.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn to read, write, and communicate in French. You will learn to plan and deliver creative, engaging, age-appropriate lessons for French language learners and have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with learners with special needs, and leading students during student teaching.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the French (FA) endorsement can teach French in grades K-12 classrooms. In addition to the demand for certified French teachers in Michigan and across the nation, teaching knowledge and experience in this program provides the foundation for graduate degrees in counseling, educational leadership, and school administration. Completion of the major will also allow you to pursue careers in fields as varied as tourism, business, retail, fashion, the arts, homeland security, government, and many others. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of World Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • French Language Minor

    The French Language Minor, along with skills acquired through a major course of study, will prepare you to teach French language and culture in either elementary or secondary school settings. This minor is for you if you love working with children and adolescents, love the French-speaking cultures, and are excited about developing proficiency in French.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn French composition, conversation, culture, and civilizations along with age-appropriate theories and methods of modern language teaching. You will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with learners with special needs, and leading students during student teaching.

    Elementary Education

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies you for recommendation for endorsement in French (FA) in the state of Michigan. Certified teachers with the Elementary French (FA) endorsement are able to teach French in grades K-8.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

    Secondary Education

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies you for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education French (FA) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Secondary French endorsement can teach French in K-12th grade classrooms.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • K-12 German Language and Literature [BA]

    If you love working with children and adolescents, love German speaking cultures, and are interested in teaching German, the most spoken language in Europe, the Bachelor of Arts in K-12 German Language and Literature Major is for you. It is the language of well-known and influential composers, poets, psychologists, scientists, and inventors. The German Language and Literature program prepares you to be linguistically and culturally proficient. Representative literary texts analyzed against the backdrop of the socio-historical context, contemporary criticism, and cultural movements of the time are at the core of the program. Dedicated faculty holistically mentor our students and ensure academic success and humanistic growth.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn to read, write, and communicate in German. You will also gain a high level of language proficiency, analytical and cognitive skills, transcultural competencies in small group settings and interactions with natives, study abroad summer courses and/or semester-long experiences at our exchange partner institution, the Justus Liebig University, in Gießen, Germany. You’ll learn to plan and deliver creative, engaging, age-appropriate lessons for German language learners and will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with learners with special needs, and leading students during student teaching.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the German (FB) endorsement can teach German in grades K-12 classrooms. Our graduates are highly prepared for graduate studies in the humanities such as literature, music, psychology, political science, and social services. Teacher certification and teaching experience also provide the foundation for graduate degrees in counseling, educational leadership, and school administration. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of World Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • German Language Minor

    The German Language Minor, along with skills acquired through a major course of study, will prepare you to teach German language and culture in either an elementary or secondary level. This minor is for you if you love working with children and adolescents, love the German-speaking cultures, and are excited about developing proficiency in German.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn German composition, conversation, culture, and civilizations along with age appropriate theories and methods of modern language teaching. You will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with learners with special needs, and leading students during student teaching.

    Elementary Education

    Successful completion of the Elementary Education German Language and Literature Minor, in the context of other program and NCATE requirements, qualifies you for recommendation for endorsement in German (FB) in the state of Michigan. Certified teachers with the German (FB) endorsement are able to teach German in grades K-8.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

    Secondary Education

    Successful completion of the Secondary Education German Language Minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education German (FB) endorsement. Certified teachers with the German endorsement can teach German in K-12th grade classrooms.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • K-12 Japanese Language and Culture [BA]

    If you love working with children and adolescents, love Japanese culture, and are excited about developing proficiency in Japanese, the Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Japanese Language and Culture Major is for you.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn to read, write, and communicate in Japanese. You will gain a high level of language proficiency, analytical and cognitive skills, and transcultural competencies in small group settings and interactions with natives as well as experience study abroad summer courses and/or semester-long experiences at our exchange partner institution in Japan. You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to plan and deliver creative, engaging, age-appropriate lessons for Japanese language learners and will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with special-needs learners, and leading students during student teaching.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the Japanese (FL) endorsement can teach Japanese in K-12th grade classrooms. In addition to the demand for certified Japanese teachers in Michigan and across the nation, teaching experience in this program provides the foundation for graduate degrees in counseling, educational leadership, and school administration. Completion of the major will also allow you to pursue careers in varied fields such as tourism, business, retail, fashion, the arts, homeland security, government, and many others. As a student in this program you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of World Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • K-12 Spanish Teaching [BA]

    If you love working with children and adolescents, love the Spanish-speaking cultures, and are excited about developing proficiency in Spanish, a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Spanish Teaching Major is for you. In this program, you will gain a high level of Spanish language proficiency, analytical and cognitive skills, transcultural competencies in small group settings and interactions with natives, study abroad summer courses and/or semester-long experiences at our exchange partner institution in Spain.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn to read, write, and communicate in Spanish. You will acquire knowledge and skills to plan and deliver creative, engaging, age-appropriate lessons for Spanish language learners and will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with special-needs learners, and leading students during student teaching.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Spanish (FF) endorsement can teach Spanish in K-12th grade classrooms. In addition to the demand for certified Spanish teachers in Michigan and across the nation, certification and teaching experience provide the foundation for graduate degrees in counseling, educational leadership, and school administration. Completion of the major will also allow you to pursue careers in fields as varied as tourism, business, retail, fashion, the arts, homeland security, government, and so on. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of World Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • Spanish Language Minor

    The Spanish Language Minor, along with skills acquired through a major course of study, prepares you to teach Spanish language and culture at either the elementary or secondary level. This minor is for those who enjoy working with children and adolescents, love Spanish-speaking cultures, and are excited about developing proficiency in Spanish.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn Spanish composition, conversation, culture, civilizations along with age appropriate theories and methods of modern language teaching. You will have many opportunities to practice skills when teaching small-group lessons to peers, working individually with learners with special needs, and leading students during student teaching.

    Elementary Education

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies you for recommendation for endorsement in Spanish (FF) in the state of Michigan. Certified teachers with the Elementary Spanish endorsement (FF) are able to teach Spanish in grades K-8.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

    Secondary Education

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies you for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Spanish (FF) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Secondary Spanish endorsement can teach Spanish in K-12th grade classrooms.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • On campus
  • Minor required

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