May 19, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Language Education, BSED

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The World Language Education major is a competitive four-year program that offers licensure in one of eight specializations: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. Students who enroll in the major are eligible for a multi-age (3-21) teaching license. BGSU teacher education programs are highly competitive and require additional admission and graduation criteria. These requirements include, evidence of proficiency on a nationally normed achievement assessment (ACT, SAT, PRAXIS core), professional disposition reviews, an overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 2.8 in the world language content area specialization, studied abroad for the required amount of time and as directed by the student’s language and education academic advisors, and successfully passes the appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators examinations and the required ACTFL exams (to demonstrate oral, written, reading proficiency to meet required standards set by ACTFL/CAEP). Candidates in this program will also be required to obtain annual BCI/FBI checks in order to participate in required field experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the world language education major are expected to:

  • Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching through the design of lessons and units of instruction.
  • Plan, implement and assess instructional strategies.
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior when working with students, their parents, other educators and community members.
  • Have developed oral and written proficiency in their world language (for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), or reading proficiency (for Latin), at the level prescribed by ACTFL/NCATE and BGSU.

Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in World Language Education with a Specialization in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. Majors are eligible for a multi-age (3-21) teaching license, providing that they have a 2.8 cumulative grade point average and a 2.8 grade point average in the specialization and have met the passing scores on required tests including the Praxis II content and pedagogy tests and the ACTFL OPI and WPT. This degree program is designed to be completed in 4 years and one summer for those who study abroad for one academic year. Changing majors, timing of study abroad, or other unforeseen circumstances typically requires additional semesters for completion. Proficiency in the target language upon declaring the major may also impact time to degree completion.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
   _____________________________    ________

   Quantitative Literacy
   _____________________________    ________

Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

College Requirements

(3 Credits)


  • Retention and Student Teaching Internship Requirements are listed.
  • Degree Audit Report (DAR) is available on MyBGSU. This is an unofficial record of a student’s progress.

@ Grade of C or better required

Required French Courses

(33 Credits)*

Required Latin Courses

(33 Credits)*

Students must meet outside of class to continue language acquisition and must use some original texts in Latin.

Required Spanish Courses

(33 Credits)*

Required German Courses

(32 Credits)*

Select One

Required Russian Courses

(32 Credits)*

Required Italian Courses

(33 Credits)*

Required Japanese Courses

(32 Credits)*

Required Chinese Courses

(32 Credits)*


*All courses must be beyond the 2020 level (except for those students specializing in Chinese or Japanese).

Required linguistics course may be taken at 3000- or 4000- level.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: All World Language Education majors must study abroad one full academic year (or acceptable equivalent), except for students specializing in Latin. Latin education majors must study abroad for at least one semester (this may occur in the summer). Study abroad is a methods admission requirement.

♦ World Language Education students must get approval from language and education advisors for electives.

Three Important Checklists

  1. Application for the Methods Block and Student Teaching is made at a sign up meeting held the Fall of the junior year. The Methods Block is offered Fall semester only and Student Teaching is offered Spring semester only.
  2. Methods Admission Requirements
    Attainment of 60 semester hours
    • “C” or better in EDTL 2010  
    • “C” or better in GSW 1120
    • “C” or better in COMM 1020  
    • “C” or better in EDTL 2290  
    • “C” or better in EDTL 2300  
    • “C” or better in EDFI 3020  
    • “C” or better in EDIS 2310  
    • “C” or better in EDTL 3021  
    • “C” or better in EDTL 3400  
    • A cumulative BGSU GPA of at least 2.8
    • Content Specialty GPA of at least 2.8
    • Completed 80% of content course requirements
    • Transfer students must complete 15 semester hours at BGSU.
    • Satisfied study abroad program requirement
    • Passed all required Praxis II Content and ACTFL exams (to demonstrate oral, written, reading proficiency), achieving the required standards set by ACTFL/CAEP and BGSU.
  3. Prerequisites for Student Teaching
    • Completion of 90 semester hours
    • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
    • Content Specialty GPA of at least 2.8
    • Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    • No incompletes in courses that are prerequisites for student teaching
    • Successful completion of field and clinical experiences or recommendations from field and clinical supervisors


  1. Check prerequisites before registering for classes. For example, EDTL 3400  has an extensive list, including an overall GPA of at least 2.8.
  2. PSYC 1010  is a prerequisite to EDFI 3020 , a required education course, and can be used as a social science elective in BG Perspective.
  3. Meet with your advisor at least once each year. Names of advisors and other assistance can be obtained via MyBGSU web page, click on “My Advisor.”
  4. SENIOR YEAR: You must apply for graduation on-line prior to the term deadline. Complete an application for licensure during your student teaching semester–you will receive instructions for doing so during a required meeting that precedes student teaching.
  5. Complete at least 30 hours of coursework at BGSU.
  6. Please check your BGSU email and World Language Education Learning Community regularly for Program Announcements and Content Specialization Announcements. You are held accountable and responsible for adhering to rules, deadlines, etc., sent to you electronically.
  7. A semester of study abroad can be used as an international perspective course.
  8. Note: For transfer students and degree-holding guests seeking licensure, applicable GPA will be calculated for methods and student teaching eligibility and to meet program requirements.
  9. Additional information about the American Council for the Teaching of World Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), including “Meets Standard” passing scores, is available on the World Language Education Learning Community

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