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

NOTE: New admittance to this program ends Fall 2021. Courses available for this program will be offered through Fall 2027. For information about the new elementary, Early Childhood Teaching and Learning program with certification, visit the catalog or schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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.

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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.

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At a Glance

  • Average 26 credit hours for Elementary
  • Average 30 credit hours for Secondary
  • Must be taken with a major course of study
  • All students must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for German
  • On campus