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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.