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Foreign Languages

Teaching Certification

French, German and Spanish majors may opt to work toward teacher certification in their field.  For teacher certification, the following steps must be completed:

  1. Student must complete the General Degree Requirements for the B.A. or the B.S. degree.
  2. After completion of 40 credits, including the French, German or Spanish 313-314 sequence, apply for admission into the Professional Education Program in your language. Applications are accepted twice a year, September 22 and February 22Click here for more details on eligibility requirements.  The School of Education has additional requirements, which you will receive when you declare your intent to teach.

    Well in advance of the application deadline you should
    • arrange through the Undergraduate Advising Office in the School of Education to take required tests such as Speech and Hearing Screening, Technology Requirement, the Watson-Barker Listening Test, and the PPST, any other additional requirements and
    • arrange to have a preliminary oral proficiency interview with a faculty member in your language in the department if you were not given one in the 313-314 sequence.
    See details on admission and capping procedures
  3. Complete the teaching major in French, German, Spanish or the teaching minor in French, German, Spanish, including FLED 333 (offered spring semester only) and an approved study abroad program.
  4. Take the required sequence of courses in the School of Education to complete your certification program.
  5. To be eligible to student teach, you must
    • maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all college-level courses in your language including transfer courses and regardless of academic bankruptcy;
    • maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, as well as a 2.75 in Teacher Certification courses and any other subject areas you are certifying;
    • complete your residency abroad (or an alternative experience approved by the department), and
    • pass the Oral Proficiency Interview with an Intermediate High rating and the state required content test in Undergraduate Handbook available through the School of Education for more information).
    • 6. Complete student teaching (FLED 398) and the foreign language education seminar (FLED 400) satisfactorily, and submit an acceptable electronic portfolio exemplifying your proficiency related to the ten Wisconsin
      Teaching Standards.

Note: If you completed a language major or minor at another college or university and are seeking teacher certification through UW-Stevens Point, you will need to pass oral and written proficiency tests in the language in order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

If you are not rated intermediate high in both areas, you will need to complete additional course work and possibly an additional study abroad period in order to attain the intermediate high rating and be eligible to student teach.

Admission to the Foreign Language

Education Program


To be eligible for admission you must have

  1. completed 40 credits with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (including transfer credits)
  2. completed a minimum of 313 and 314 in your language, or the equivalent
  3. attained a 3.0 GPA in all college level courses in the foreign language
  4. 4. attained an "intermediate mid" rating in the oral proficiency interview in the 313-314 course sequence or through an interview arranged with a faculty member in your language.

Note: Transfer Students and those holding an undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point or another accredited institution must also apply for admission to the Foreign Language Education Program and meet the minimum standards listed above

Procedure for Application

  1. You must apply to the School of Education for admission to the Professional Education Program by either September 22 OR February 22. The School of Education has additional requirements, which you will receive when you declare your intent to teach:

  2. Simultaneously, you must apply directly to the Department of Foreign Languages for admission in a separate procedure.

  3. Your application to the Department of Foreign Languages will take the form of a portfolio, to be submitted to the department office (CCC 490) by one one of the following dates: September 22 or February 22.