Course of Study
The undergraduate teacher certification program is a four-year degree program offered
by the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures with majors in Classics, French,
German, and Spanish with pre-K - 12 teacher certification.
Handbook for the Undergraduate World Languages Teacher Certification Program and M.A.T.
in World Languages [pdf]
Students will complete the core courses required by the College of Arts and Sciences
and the required major courses for the language of their choice, including a linguistics
course for the French, German, and Spanish tracks. They will also complete a minor
in Foreign Language Education and two internships consisting of 3 hours in the penultimate
semester (Internship I/A) and 15 hours in the last semester of the student's course
of studies (Internship II/B).
Internship I/A, Observation, involves the application of effective teaching techniques
and organization of instructional settings in foreign languages for pre-K-12. In Internship
II/B, Student Teaching, students will apply methods of curriculum and assessment,
professionalism, effective teaching, and organization of instructional settings in
a foreign language classroom. Prior to starting Internship II/B, students must take
a double-rated Oral Proficiency Interview and score advanced low.
The Kyrl Leighton-Faxford de Gravelines Scholarship is awarded each year to one, two
or three students majoring in foreign language who demonstrate:
- A sincere desire to teach foreign languages as a career as evidenced by a statement
from the candidate and recommendations of teachers.
- Clear excellence in the candidate’s academic record, particularly in the language
of study as evidenced by a transcript and vita.
Each candidate's application should include a c.v., an up-to-date transcript, a personal
statement of career intention, and two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar
with the candidate's work. The application needs to be submitted to the respective
Program Director by March 1st.
Scholarship recipients will be announced by April 15 of each year. The scholarships
are awarded as tuition remission for the following fall semester at UofSC-Columbia.
We encourage you to study abroad either during the year or for one of our summer study
abroad programs in French, German, or Spanish. These experiences are invaluable for
improving your language skills and cultural knowledge. Study abroad experience is
also an attractive addition to your résumé.
Still have questions?
Contact the Assistant Director of Foreign Language Teacher Education, Catherine Wiskes,