Program Overview

General Overview

The Foreign Language Teacher Education program consists of the BA in the Teaching of Foreign Language (BAT) degree program and the licensure program that leads to the teaching license.

The BAT is an undergraduate program for students who wish to earn both the degree and the teaching license simultaneously. Graduate students who wish to add a teaching license to their MA or doctoral degree pursue licensure only.

The BAT is currently offered to students interested in teaching French, German, Latin, and Spanish. FLTE licensure programs for graduate students are offered in the same four languages.

While most graduate students who undertake the licensure program are already seeking a MA in French, German, Latin, or Spanish, University of Illinois graduate students in any discipline are welcome to apply. For details about the structure and content of a licensure program for those majoring in a field outside of world languages, please contact Dr. Pamela Greene, the program director.

Regardless of degree level, the FLTE program is a three-semester sequence of professional education courses and school-based clinical experiences. The program begins spring semester of the junior year for undergraduates on an eight-semester plan, or the spring of the fourth year for students who plan to complete the undergraduate degree in five years. Along with the three early field experience courses, students will take coursework in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and the Social & Cultural Foundations of Education. Student Teaching, in the final semester of the program, is the culminating experience.