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General 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.

The deadline to apply for admission to the BAT or FLTE licensure program is February 1. 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.  

Professional Education Sequence Overview

Course Number & Name

Course Description

FLTE 471: Introduction to Second Language Teaching

Undergraduate Credit: 4 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Introduction to contemporary approaches to language teaching, teaching as a profession, and Second Language Acquisition theory. Includes two teaching components and 51 hours of field experience.

Prerequisite: Admission to the FLTE Program and completion of majority of content and general education coursework. Early field experiences require Illinois State criminal background check and other training.

FLTE 475: Learning to Teach World Language

Undergraduate Credit: 4 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Course focuses on pedagogy, teacher knowledge and efficacy, and the development of professional dispositions for use in K-12 teaching. Emphasis is on preparing for the edTPA through lesson planning and assessment development. Includes multiple teaching components and 55 hours of field experience.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of FLTE 471.

FLTE 478: Secondary World Language Teaching

Undergraduate Credit: 4 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Course focuses on practical aspects of high school teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Emphasis on teaching world languages at the secondary level. Major topics include teaching with technology, unit planning, instructional methods, assessment dvelopment, and classroom management. Includes 65 hours of field experience.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of FLTE 471 and FLTE 475.

SPED 405: General Educator's Role in Special Education

Undergraduate Credit: 3 Hours
Graduate Credit: 3 Hours
Examination of issues in educating students with special needs: Service delivery models, roles of teachers and related service providers, student assessment, curriculum individualization, instructional strategies, management of problem behaviors, and program evaluation.

Prerequisite: Must be registered in teacher licensure program.

EPSY 201: Educational Psychology

Undergraduate Credit: 3 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Explores fundamental issues of development, learning, instruction, and assessment. This course articulates how people learn, how they are influenced by cultural and social contexts, how to assess learning and its outcomes, and how best to teach and motivate people to achieve. Educational psychologists improve learning in a broad range of settings: homes, classrooms, work environments, and communities.

Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

EPSY 400: Psychology of Learning in Education

Graduate Credit: 2-4 Hours
Undergraduate Credit: None
Study of the psychology of human learning as it applies to instruction, educational issues, and educational problems.

Credit Options: Graduate students can earn 2 or 4 graduate credit hours. Taking 4 credit hours requires consent of the instructor and the completion of a substantive scholarly project. Graduate work-load will be commensurate with the requirements.

Licensure: Latin and Spanish Licensure requires 2 hours.

EPS 201: Foundations of Education

Undergraduate Credit: 3 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Studies some of the problems of: a) formulating and justifying aims and policies in American education, b) designing and systematizing the curriculum, c) organization and social context of the public school system, and d) the teaching-learning process examined in terms of perspectives provided by social philosophy, history, sociology, and philosophy of education.

Course Requirements: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

EPS 202 -- ACP: Foundations of Education -- ACP

Undergraduate Credit: 4 Hours
Graduate Credit: None
Course is identical to EPS 201 except for the additional writing component.

Credit is not given for both EPS 202 and EPS 201. Additional writing component to satisfy advanced composition general education requirement.

Course Requirements: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.

EPS (Graduate Level)

Undergraduate Credit: None
Graduate Credit: 2 to 4 hours
FLTE graduate licensure students select one course from the list below to satisfy the EPS requirement.

Course Numbers and Names:
  • EPS 400 | History of American Education
  • EPS 405 | Historical and Social Barriers
  • EPS 411 | School and Society
  • EPS 412 | Critical Thinking for Teachers
  • EPS 415 | Technology and Ethnic Reform
  • EPS 420 | Sociology of Education
  • EPS 421 | Racial and Ethnic Families
Course Description: Courses examine various aspects of the intersection of education and society, including the design and systematization of the curriculum, the organizational and social contexts of the public school system, and policy issues raised by the use of new information and communication technologies in education.

EDPR 442: Educational Practice in Secondary Education

Undergraduate Credit: 2-12 Hours
Graduate Credit: 2-12 Hours
Course in practice teaching to meet licensure requirements for teaching in the secondary schools.

Course Restriction: Enrollment in this course is restricted to students registered in an approved Teacher Education Program. Applicable credit hours are approved for S/U grading only.

Prerequisite: All professional education coursework and early field experience hours, except those requiring concurrent enrollment with student teaching, must be completed prior to student teaching. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the Council on Teacher Education Undergraduate or Graduate Common Assessment Plan for Initial Licensure.