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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages Teacher Education, B.I.S.

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Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 Educator Preparation .

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) concentration in World Languages Teacher Education provides students an opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge in French or Spanish language, culture, and literary skills while completing requirements to be recommended for K-12 teaching certification to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. World language educators completing the program will be prepared to support multilingual speakers in urban environments to value diverse perspectives and language varieties and to act as responsible global citizens.

Program Admission

Students are required to apply for teacher education after completing Areas A-F. 

To be accepted into teacher education:

  • students must have a 2.50 composite grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
  • students must present passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program;
  • students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360);
  • students must have successfully completed Areas A through F of the program of study;
  • Students must have successfully completed all required courses in Areas A and F with a grade of “C” or higher; and
  • students may be asked to participate in an interview and/or writing sample as a part of the application process.

Program Financial Information

B.I.S. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra costs such as tort liability and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. 

Program Academic Regulations

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the Office of Field Placements and Certification with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessments and Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360) in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

For Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4020    Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42-43 Hours)

(see University 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the undergraduate catalog)

Area F. Courses Appropriate to the Major (18 Hours)

Choose 9 Hours

Majors must achieve competence at the intermediate level before beginning courses at the 3000 level. They may demonstrate competence through placement exam scores, including the CLEP exam, prior study, or courses taken at Georgia State University

Area G.1. Content Disciplines (24 Hours)

Students select 24 hours of language, culture, and literature coursework in French or Spanish.


French Language Teaching

The French Language Teaching discipline consists of 24 hours (eight courses) on the 3000/4000 level. Prerequisite for all courses at the 3000 level is FREN 2002 . Prerequisite for all courses at the 4000 level is the completion of the three courses at the 3000 level.

Spanish Language Teaching

The Spanish Language Teaching discipline consists of 24 hours (eight courses) on the 3000/4000 level. Prerequisite for all courses at the 4000 level is the successful completion of 3303 and at least one other course at the 3000 level.

Select One Course (3 Hours)

Additional Courses (15 Hours)

  • 3 Hours: SPAN 3301  Oral Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture (3) (non-native speakers only; others must take an additional course at the 3000-4000 level)
  • 3 Hours: a 4000-level Culture course 
  • 6 Hours: Two literature and/or culture courses above SPAN 3314
  • 3 Hours: An additional course in Spanish at the 3000-4000 level (3). SPAN 3308   Introduction to Spanish Linguistics is recommended.

Area G.2. Core Knowledge (6 Hours)

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area G.2 requirements.

G.3. Pedagogical Knowledge (18 Hours)

World Languages Teacher Education Certification Field Work requires an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview minimum score of Intermediate High prior to starting fieldwork (EDCI 4600). Students request fieldwork placement and submit ACTFL proficiency score to the program coordinator the semester prior to field placement.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area G.3 requirements.

Area H. Electives (12 Hours)

Students can take courses numbered 1000 or above to fulfill elective requirement. Suggested coursework includes: 3000/4000 level language courses to further proficiency, Urban Endorsement coursework, Dual Language Immersion coursework, or ESOL coursework.

Total Program: Minimum of 120 Semester Hours

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