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EIU Department of Foreign Languages

Teacher Licensure Program

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

Our Teacher Licensure Program in Spanish, French, and German 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.

We also offer a Spanish, French and German Minor for Teacher Licensure. More information is available here in the EIU undergraduate catalog.

Liz Aereola

Alumna Liz Arreola proudly shares her heritage with her Latino students on Día de la Independencia

Liz Arreola (BA Teacher Education Spanish, 2016)

Spanish teacher at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, Illinois

"The best part about teaching Spanish is seeing how my students discover new things every day about their Latino roots. I love to listen to their stories and experiences. I enjoy being their teacher because they can identify with me, and I hope that will motivate them to be successful. Each day that I am in the classroom I learn something new about life, about my students, and about education. Being a teacher is a difficult job, but each day offers its own reward."

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 to seven 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 C. 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.

Matt WilkieMatthew Wilkie

Livingston Lord Scholarship recipient 2016

Matthew is a Senior from Champaign. He is studying Spanish with Teaching Licensure and hopes to work in Champaign County as a high school Spanish teacher after graduating. In the Spring of 2016, Matthew studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, for an entire semester. He currently works in the Foreign Language Lab as a Spanish tutor and also participates in such activities as Sigma Delta Pi, LASO, Amigos and Friends, and Education Scholars. Spanish is Matthew's passion, and he looks forward to sharing that passion with his future students.

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Department of Foreign Languages

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

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