Students interested in becoming PreK-12 World Language teachers typically earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in a world language (e.g., French, German, Latin, Spanish). As part of their degree, they should take literature, advanced grammar and composition classes in the language licensure area, and conversation and phonetics classes (for modern languages). While completing requirements for the baccalaureate degree, modern language students must matriculate a study abroad semester (minimum requirement) to be eligible for the Board of Admissions interview and admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Maintaining Good Academic Standing in Teacher Education
To maintain good standing in the Teacher Education Program and to qualify for a degree and/or licensure as a teacher, students must perform adequately both in the university classroom and in the school(s). Students must maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA, establish and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their major, and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA (course grade C or higher required) in professional education courses.
Complete information on the teacher licensure program is available through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ website (http://cehhs.utk.edu/), the college’s Office of Student Services – Bailey Education Complex, A332, or from teaching area faculty.