Secondary Education (Foreign Language)

Teach Foreign Language K-12

The M.A.Ed. Foreign Language Education program includes educational foundations course work, methods and curriculum courses relevant to their teaching specialty, clinical and student teaching experiences. The teaching endorsement in Virginia is for grades K-12.

The Foreign Language Education program leads to initial certification and is open to, and only to, people who are not already certified.

This program is supported by having full-time students completing the program according to a set three semester course sequence. Students will begin their coursework in the summer and complete it by the following May. 

Students also have important field experiences prior to their student teaching semester. Because these students will be placed in the same school for fall and spring semester, they will be better prepared for their ten week student teaching experience. The seminar that accompanies student teaching will also allow more group discussion and university instructor feedback about their teaching experiences.

Students who major in French, German, Spanish or Latin may become certified to teach in K-12 schools by fulfilling the general studies and professional studies requirements in the teacher preparation program.  Non-majors may qualify for the foreign language education program by completing 30 semester hours above the intermediate level in the foreign language. Subject area coursework in the foreign language for majors and non-majors shall include study of the language at advanced levels, linguistics, grammar/composition, culture (inclusive of history and geography), and literature. Students are encouraged to qualify for endorsements in two languages by majoring in one and taking at least an additional 24 hours in a second language.

Native Speakers
Native speakers of the foreign language must complete the following requirements in lieu of completing a major in the language:
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - If English is not the native language, students must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the internet version of the exam (or comparable score on other versions of the exam.)  TOEFL scores MUST be submitted with the application, even if a degree was earned from a U.S. institution.
  2. Achieve a rating of no less than Advanced Low on the ACTFL scale on both the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) and the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT). This test can be taken after admission to the program.
  3. Provide evidence of post-secondary courses in the foreign language that include study of the language at advanced levels, linguistics, grammar/composition, culture (inclusive of history and geography), and literature.
Modern Foreign Languages Subject Matter Contact

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