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Initial Teaching License (PEL) with World Language Education Endorsement

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.

Are you interested in enrolling in this program? View its admission requirements and application instructions here or contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405.

Licensure

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.

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

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the World Language Licensure only program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed College of Education graduate application
  • Application fee ($40)
  • One official transcript from each college and/or university attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employer
  • Resume
  • A brief statement which explains your reasons for wanting to enter the World Language Licensure program at DePaul and discusses your potential for becoming a teacher.

Course Requirements

Education Courses: 40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Education Elective Course: 4 quarter hours are required, grade of C or better required.

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 60 quarter hours. Choose an Education course in consultation with the Academic Advisor or Content Advisor. Courses must be approved by the WLE Program Director prior to registration and requires graduate level registration.

  • Elective Course

Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.

Recommended/Optional Course

SCG 439  is required for middle school endorsements but is not required for the license.  If taking SCG 439 for endorsement purposes, a grade of C or better is required.

Content Area Courses

All students need to have sufficient knowledge of the subject they will be teaching.  Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) in the content area subject.  Students should meet with their designated Content Area advisor at the beginning of their program for an official written content evaluation and provide a copy to your academic advisor.  Requirements can be satisfied by undergraduate coursework or courses taken elsewhere.  Content courses must be completed before student teaching.

Requirements for World Language Education Arabic include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Arabic I
  • Advanced Arabic II
  • Advanced Arabic III
  • Advanced High Arabic I
  • Advanced High Arabic II
  • Advanced High Arabic III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective 

Requirements for World Language Education Chinese include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Chinese I
  • Advanced Chinese II
  • Advanced Chinese III
  • Advanced Conversation I
  • Advanced Conversation II
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective

Requirements for World Language Education French include: 

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced French I
  • Advanced French II
  • Advanced French III
  • Advanced High French I
  • Advanced High French II
  • Advanced High French III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective 

Requirements for World Language Education German include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced German I
  • Advanced German II
  • Advanced German III
  • Advanced High German I
  • Advanced High German II
  • Advanced High German III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective  

Requirements for World Language Education Italian include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Italian I
  • Advanced Italian II
  • Advanced Italian III
  • Advanced High Italian I
  • Advanced High Italian II
  • Advanced High Italian III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective

Requirements for World Language Education Japanese include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese II
  • Advanced Japanese III
  • Advanced High Japanese I
  • Advanced High Japanese II
  • Advanced High Japanese III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective  

Requirements for World Language Education Latin include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Latin I
  • Advanced Latin II
  • Advanced Latin III
  • Advanced High Latin I
  • Advanced High Latin II
  • Advanced High Latin III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective >

Requirements for World Language Education Russian include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Russian I
  • Advanced Russian II
  • Advanced Russian III
  • Advanced High Russian I
  • Advanced High Russian II
  • Advanced High Russian III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective  

Requirements for World Language Education Spanish include:

All coursework in the content area must earn a grade of C or better and a minimum of 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level.

  • Advanced Spanish I
  • Advanced Spanish II
  • Advanced Spanish III
  • Advanced High Spanish I
  • Advanced High Spanish II
  • Advanced High Spanish III
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective
  • Literature/Culture Elective 

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  World Language Education majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  It is recommended to be taken during the first or second quarter in the program.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).   Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Content Area Test (test numbers below) – assesses knowledge of the language and culture.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • OPI Test (see below).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.
Arabic
  • Foreign Language: Arabic Content Area Test (test #137)
Chinese
  • Foreign Language: Chinese(Mandarin)  Content Area Test (test #126)
French
  • Foreign Language: French  Content Area Test (test #127)
German
  • Foreign Language: German  Content Area Test (test #128)
Italian
  • Foreign Language: Italian  Content Area Test (test #130)
Japanese
  • Foreign Language: Japanese  Content Area Test (test #131)
Latin
  • Foreign Language: Latin  Content Area Test (test #133)
Russian
  • Foreign Language: Russian  Content Area Test (test #134)
Spanish
  • Foreign Language: Spanish  Content Area Test (test #135)

Field Experiences

Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements.  For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test

Pursuing licensure in the teaching of a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish) requires the oral proficiency test – an Interview – before you begin student teaching. You must earn a rating of "intermediate high" or better on the test.

For additional information about the OPI and a link to the test, please consult the OPI section of the College of Education website.

Additional Requirements

Please also view the college core requirements under the MA or MED for World Language Education for additional requirements. Note that the World Language Education Licensure program listed above does not lead to a degree.

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