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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Foreign Language Teacher Certification

A second language is a valuable tool for anyone. Get your teacher certification and share your passion for world languages and cultures among your own K-12 students. 

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:

  1. A sincere desire to teach foreign languages as a career as evidenced by a statement from the candidate and recommendations of teachers.
  2. 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.


Study Abroad

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,

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