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Degree Programs

Whether you are considering a career in foreign languages, desire a well-rounded education, or simply enjoy languages and plan to travel for pleasure in the future, Eastern Illinois University's Department of Foreign Languages can help you develop skills and knowledge to meet your goals.

Benefits of foreign language study include:

  • Development of analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Enhancement of communication skills, which also transfer to your native language.
  • Broadening of your knowledge of the culture of more than one foreign country.
  • Preparation for graduate work in foreign languages or another area.
  • Improvement of career opportunities by combining a major or minor in foreign languages with a major or minor in business, English, journalism, health care, education, government, etc.
  • Attainment of a unique perspective from which to view your own culture.

Teacher Licensure Program

Our Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  As such it meets all national standards for the preparation of foreign language teachers established by CAEP as well as the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

As a major, you can earn certification to teach French, German or Spanish in a K-12 context. More information is available here in the EIU undergraduate catalog.

Unique to Eastern Illinois University and our department is the course FLF/FLG/FLS Cadet Teaching. As a teacher candidate in this course, you have the opportunity to work with a faculty member and a team of other Teacher Licensure candidates to design a program to introduce French, German or Spanish to young learners.  The culmination of this experience is to go into an area elementary school on a weekly basis for six weeks to deliver the program you have designed.

For further information, contact the department chair directly:

Stephen A. Canfield
sacanfield@eiu.edu
217-581-3021