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College of Letters and Science German: Teacher Certification Degree

Major, Undergrad Teaching Certification


As a student at UW-Stevens Point you have the opportunity to become a German speaker with a marketable set of skills in education and business, and well-versed in the culture and literature of German speaking peoples.

For students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of German, a study abroad trip is a requirement. In cooperation with the Office of International Programs, we offer semester long language immersion programs in Marburg, Germany. Internships are also available through the department. 

We offer a variety of options for those wishing to major in German. Business, cultural and literary studies constitute excellent companions to a range of majors. A minor in German is also available. 

Why Study German Teacher Certification at UW-Stevens Point?

When you pursue a German degree, you become an educated citizen with skills valuable in business, finance, communications, social services, education, science, technology and government.

Marburg, Germany Semester Abroad

In cooperation with the Office of International Programs, we offer semester long language immersion program in Marburg, Germany. Marburg is known as an exciting location full of history, well-known for being the site of the oldest protestant university. Our returning students have consistently related positive impressions of their experiences in Germany.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Knowledge of a foreign language and language pedagogy can be a vital factor in career success. We are committed to placing our students on a firm career path through study abroad programs, fellowships, internships and other career-enhancing possibilities. Students with high proficiencies in languages, experience studying abroad and expertise in a second field have promising employment opportunities. Some recent graduates have worked for European companies with North American branches, with airlines, and as bilingual customer service representatives and international account auditors.

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If you plan to teach German or Spanish grades K-12, you must apply to the School of Education (SOE) at UW-Stevens Point and be accepted into the program. 

Prior to applying, you must meet requirements set by SOE which can be found on their website: SOE Professional Education Program Application Requirements

Once accepted into the program, there are no other applications requirements required by the Department of World Languages and Literatures. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Applications for the Professional Education Program are processed two times a year – February 22 and September 22. Applications are due the Friday prior to the deadline if the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday. 


The UW-Stevens Point German Club is active and holds a weekly Stammtisch in which you can hone your language skills in an informal setting. More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Double Major with a Language

Many students choose to double major to be more marketable to future employers. The total number of hours required for graduation will be the same as for a single major (120 hours minimum) because a double major normally will not prolong studies beyond the customary four years. Essentially, you can double major in any degree in addition to the World Language. Some of the most common combinations are World Language plus International Studies, World Language plus Biology, World Language plus Music, and World Language plus Business. Consult with your adviser for more details.


Thomas Leek

  • Associate Professor of German

Tobias Barske

  • Assistant Dean, School of Humanities and Global Studies
  • Professor of German Applied Linguistics

Sara Williams

  • ESL Lecturer, World Languages and Literatures
  • Office of International Education