Teacher Certification Program
Our Teacher Certification Program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As such it meets all national standards for the preparation of foreign language teachers established by NCATE 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 Certification 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.
Through the College of Education and Professional Studies the Department of Foreign Languages also participates in the Alternative Route to Teacher Certification Program. This program allows individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree but no teacher certification to enrollment in a program. Completion of this program will lead obtaining a four-year Initial Teaching Certificate (Type 09) from the state of Illinois.