Foreign Language Education

Foreign Language Education, B.S.E.

To meet the needs of our changing and global world — and prepare others to do the same — you can pursue a degree in foreign language education. This program prepares you to teach French, German or Spanish to students in prekindergarten through grade 12.

Program Overview

As a foreign language education major, you may pursue a Bachelor of Science in education (B.S.) from the School of Education and Health Sciences or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the College of Arts and Sciences through the dual degree program. Regardless of which program you choose, you will receive multiage licensure, PreK–12, in French, German or Spanish.

In our programs, you will develop real-world proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing, as well as learn to work successfully in cross-cultural environments. A variety of learning and language-acquisition opportunities are available, and you are encouraged to spend at least one summer practicing your language skills during an immersion study abroad experience.

In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.


The School of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Generally, Ohio licensure granted in the School of Education and Health Sciences extends to most states. By the end of your first year, you must pass the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills. Licensure is contingent on successfully passing a state-mandated exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization. Passing scores for the Praxis II are established by the state of Ohio.

You must also demonstrate a working level of proficiency in the language for which licensure is sought ("advanced-low" on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' oral proficiency scale).

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Academic Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in foreign language education. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.