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World Language Education licensure

In today's global world, learning a world language is more important than ever. World language teachers promote cultural awareness and strive to find new ways to make language come alive for their students. They differentiate instruction to challenge students at different levels of language fluency and use technology, real-life situations and issues of interest to expand students' horizons. 

The World Language Education Licensure program provides students who already hold a master's degree in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish the opportunity to become teaching professionals. It is designed for those who are committed to diversifying language offerings, extending instruction to the middle and elementary grades, and promoting the many advantages of world language learning. 

World language educators teach in public or private, urban or suburban, elementary, middle and high schools. Some work as adult education teachers, community educators, tutors, interpreters or translators. Individuals who speak another language can be found in research institutes, international organizations and companies, and the publishing and film industries.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its application requirements and how to apply.


The World Language Education Licensure program leads to a special (K-12) teaching license with an endorsement in a specific language. DePaul offers Illinois State Board of Education approved programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the World Languages Education Licensure program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online or a hybrid online/on-campus format (although field experience and student teaching requirements must be fulfilled during weekdays.) In addition, the program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The World Language Education Licensure program includes 52 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and Teaching and Learning; however, teaching licensure requires more than a series of courses - there are special requirements such as completing field experiences and a student teaching internship, meeting content area course requirements and passing state licensure exams.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.

This program is typically eligible for financial aid.  Please see this document​ and consult your advisor in the COE.​​​​