Twenty-first century job skills often demand proficiency in more than one language, resulting in an increased demand for language teachers across the country. Students who love languages and have a desire to teach will find the University of Oklahoma College of Education’s nationally recognized World Language Education program to be strong mixture of in-class education and hands-on experiences. Beginning in their first Professional Education class, students complete at least 100 hours in the classroom observing and tutoring students. These field experiences prepare students for student teaching internships during either the certification or graduate portion of their education. For those sixteen internship weeks, students work in the classroom observing, designing lesson plans, and teaching.
Students take courses in grammar, conversation, composition, reading, culture, civilization, literature, history of the language, second language acquisition theory and methodology. To become experts in the language and culture, students are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the many study abroad opportunities at the University of Oklahoma.
The curriculum for a Bachelor of Science degree is designed to be completed within four years. Teacher certification requires one additional semester after graduation.
A World Language Education student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a student may choose to pursue graduate degrees in a multitude of disciplines, including a Master’s in World Language Education.
We currently offer certification in French, German, Latin and Spanish. After completing the program and passing required state certification exams (the OGET, OSAT and OPTE), students are recommended for Oklahoma certification to teach their chosen language in grades pre-K through twelve. In addition, students of modern languages must score at or above Advance Low on the OPI according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
Interests and Skills
World Language Education students are interested in languages, cultures, writing and reading. They should have a strong desire to travel and learn about new cultures and traditions. Students are interested in working with middle and/or high school students and enjoy working with others to achieve shared goals. High school preparation should include community service or employment opportunities with students in both group and individual settings.