World Languages/Secondary Education

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

Students who want to become secondary French, German, or Spanish language teachers (grades 5-Adult) complete a series of Secondary Education courses, requirements for General Education Foundations (GEF) components that are related to the area of specialization, and courses specific to the area of specialization: French, Grade 5-Adult; German, Grade 5-Adult; or Spanish, Grade 5-Adult.

The program boasts a clear set of research-based program goals and carefully sequenced learning experiences. Students will learn to integrate what one teaches with how it is taught and will receive more than 1,000 hours of experience in public school classrooms. The program functions in close collaboration with exemplary local public schools and has selective and rigorous standards for admission and retention of students as well as rigorous performance requirements that are relevant to effective teaching practice.

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen to the College of Education and Human Services may qualify for direct admission to the Pre-Education major either through their cumulative high school GPA or through ACT or SAT. To be admitted to the program as an incoming freshman, a student must have one of the following:

  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • ACT 23
  • SAT 1030 (combined Math and Critical Reading)
To be admitted to the World Languages/Secondary Education major::
  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • ACT 26
  • SAT 1170 (combined Math and Critical Reading)

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37
University Requirements34
First Year Seminar
GEF Requirements: credits may vary because of overlap
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Fine Arts Requirement
Foreign Language Requirement
International Studies Requirement
Undergraduate Professional Education Coursework30
Education Colloquium
Professional Inquiry in Education
Learning in Educational Settings
Practicum 1/Technology Application
Practicum 2/Technology Application
Instructional Design and Evaluation
Managing and Organizing Learning Environments
Practicum 3/Technology Application
Practicum 4: Technology Application
Reading in the Content Areas
Special Education in Contemporary Society
Differentiated Secondary Instruction
C&I Methods Course3
Content Area Coursework39
Total Hours120

NOTE: See Graduate Catalog for Master's degree requirements (MA in Secondary Education, World Languages)

Major Learning Goals

World Languages/Secondary education

Upon successful completion of the B.A. degree, World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics majors will meet the following goals:

  1. Cultural Content Goal: Demonstrate an understanding of the connections among the perspectives, practices and products of a culture.
  2. Literary/Cultural Texts Content Goal: Demonstrate ability to interpret and reflect upon literary and cultural texts in their historical contexts.
  3. Language Proficiency Goal: Express their own ideas and interpret the messages of others in the target language at the advanced level of proficiency.
  4. Language Knowledge Goal: Demonstrate knowledge of the systematic and changing nature of language as applied to the language of study.
  5. Critical Thinking Goal: Relate cultural and linguistic knowledge to their own experiences and to the study of other disciplines.
  6. Affective Goal: Accept and appreciate fundamental differences among cultures and languages and to seek opportunities for continued learning on their own.

The learning goals for the WVU Secondary Teacher Education Program are to prepare students who:

  • Have commitment and skills to engage in life-long learning;
  • Are effective communicators;
  • Recognize that teaching is a professional, moral, and ethical enterprise with well-developed ethical frameworks which facilitate effective teaching;
  • Will serve as a facilitator of learning for all students;
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of both pedagogy and content, and the relationships between them;
  • Are reflective practitioners;
  • Are aware of, and have respect for, human diversity;
  • Value and integrate knowledge from a wide variety of fields, are creative and open to new ideas, and are able to act constructively in a world characterized by technological, cultural, and societal diversity and change.