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Program Overview & Details

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Program Overview & Details

BAT/FLTE Program Overview

The Foreign Language Teacher Education program consists of the Bachelor of Arts in Teaching 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 limited to Latin and Spanish only.

Graduate students typically complete all or most of the MA prior to beginning the licensure program. Graduate students who have already graduated with their MA or PhD are not eligible for the FLTE program.

Regardless of degree level, the FLTE program is a three-semester sequence of Professional Education on-campus 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 Social & Cultural Foundations of Education. Student Teaching, in the final semester of the program, is the culminating experience.

Admission to the BAT or FLTE licensure program is on a rolling schedule, which provides application submission windows in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Students who are interested in applying to either program are strongly encouraged to attend the FLTE Information Meeting that is held in early October each year, or contact the program directly via flte@illinois.edu.