Foreign Language Education
The PreK-12 Foreign Language Program at Wichita State University is a 4-year program designed to prepare teachers of Spanish and French to teach in PreK-12 schools. The curricula of this program are offered by both the College of Applied Studies (the School of Education) and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature). Throughout the program, students complete a variety of content courses in foreign language, education courses and field experiences leading to a semester of full-time student teaching at the end of the program.
The College of Applied Studies offers numerous programs in addition to Teacher Education. Information about applying for the Teacher Education Program is included in the Teacher Education Application Packet. The packet includes:
- Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission
- Admission Testing Requirements
- Attestation of Eligibility
The completed packet should be submitted to Education Support Services (ESS) the semester before the student plans to begin the Teacher Education Program.
Transition to Teaching Program
If you already have a bachelor's degree in Foreign Language and are interested in teaching a foreign language at the secondary level (grades 6-12), you may qualify for the Transition to Teaching Program.
Contact an Advisor
We would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with additional information about our program.
Program Checksheet and Degree Plans
The Program Checksheet can help you track the courses you have taken or need to take.
A total of 124 hours are required to complete a PreK-12 degree in Spanish or French. Within these hours, thirty-two (32) content hours are required for Spanish and thirty (30) hours for French. In these courses students learn the target language, its literature and civilization. Study abroad programs are available for Spanish and French in Mexico and France. For both languages, forty-two (42) hours are also needed for Professional Education and forty-two (42) for General Education courses. To complete the program degree and receive a Conditional Licensure Recommendation, by the end of the program students must have 2.5 GPA (overall and WSU), successfully pass all common assessments, the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) and Praxis II Content Knowledge tests, Teacher Work Sample (TWS) and reach the Advanced Low Proficiency Level on the ACTFL Advisory Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Separate and detailed checksheets describing the program and its requirements exist for all three languages. Throughout the program, students work closely with their general and teacher education advisors in the College of Applied Studies and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.