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EIU Department of Foreign Languages

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 licensure to teach French, German or Spanish in a K-12 context. More information is available here in the EIU undergraduate catalog.


Kenneth MicksKenneth Micks (BA Teacher Education Spanish, 2015)

Spanish teacher at Providence High School in New Lenox.

"What I love about my job is how much fun I have with students on a daily basis. They have a great sense of humor and are able to joke around in Spanish. They are always actively engaged and make coming to school something to look forward to."

See what some of our other teacher education alumni are doing…




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.

We offer you all you need to succeed...

  • Small classes with individual attention 
  • Enthusiastic professors who love to teach
  • Abundant practice in all communicative modes (interpersonal; interpretive; presentational)
  • Service learning opportunities (such as working for "Amigos and Friends")
  • Credits for teaching our after school program in Spanish, French, and German at elementary schools (offered every semester)
  • Tutor positions in our language lab
  • Exciting and effective Study Abroad programs (from faculty-led one-week programs to semester programs)

Our faculty...

  • Are forward-thinking, dynamic, and caring instructors 
  • Work individually and closely with you throughout your teacher education program
  • Stand by you and help you succeed at state and ACTFL/CAEP requirements (Content Area Test; ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview--OPI; edTPA)  
  • Include Methods instructors with ample experience in high school classrooms  (licensed K-12 teachers)
  • Are active members of AATG, AATF, AATSP, ICTFL, and ACTFL 

Livingston Lord Scholarship...

In addition to the thousands of dollars the department distributes to our own majors each year, the university regularly bestows its most prestigious award, the Livingston Lord Scholarship, to a Foreign Language Teacher Education Major. This award, worth approximately $7,000, has been given to five of our students in the last 6 years.

It is a great time to become a foreign language teacher! Our placement rate is 100%


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Department of Foreign Languages

Coleman Hall, First Floor
Fax: 217-581-3113

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