Foreign Languages Education

The foreign languages education program, offered through the Department of World Languages and Literatures at UW-Stevens Point, is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach world languages to students, grades PreK-12. UW-Stevens Point offers Wisconsin teaching licenses in French, German and Spanish. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in one or more foreign language. Specific licenses earned are dependent on the major completed.

In addition to specific general education coursework, students complete a variety of courses that provide opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful certified teachers of world language. The French education, German education and Spanish education majors all require rigorous coursework that focuses on culture and language development.

Students may also pursue a teaching license in Teaching English as a Second Language PK-12.

A study-abroad experience is a vital component in the process of mastering a second language and is required for Wisconsin teacher certification in a world language. The UW-Stevens Point Office of International Education offers foreign language immersion programs each spring to Caen, France; Marburg, Germany; and Valladolid, Spain. A summer program to Oaxaca, Mexico, is also available.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in Foreign Languages Education

Foreign language education graduates are well prepared to teach children in diverse classroom settings. More than 85 percent of our recent foreign language education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Students for Health, Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) presents opportunities for students of English as a second language (ESL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) who want to gain experience teaching English abroad. Majors in Spanish can also gain extra experience in their target language and culture while diversifying their teaching experience. CIEE operates in Thailand, China, South Korea, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Spain.

Meet Your Foreign Languages Education Professors

Our faculty and staff from the School of Education and Department of World Languages and Literatures are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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