Teaching of German

Major Description:

Prepares candidates for certification in teaching German levels K-12. Interested students should consult the Director of the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program, Dr. Pamela Greene (plgreene@illinois.edu). In order to be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain Illinois, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). A minimum of 120 hours of credit is required for graduation. Consult the certification officer at 505 East Green Suite 203 for additional information. http://cote.illinois.edu/

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • GER 101, 102, 103, 104—Beginning and Intermediate German
  • GER 201—German Popular Culture
  • GER 211 & 212—Conversation and Writing

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Majoring in the Teaching of German can lead to careers in K-12 schools (private, public, magnet...), Graduate school (MA, MAT, PhD), the non-profit sector, and the public sector.

  • Foreign-language proficiency (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • Cultural competence
  • Communicative competence
  • Cultural and textual analysis
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Teacher
  • Educator
Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Germanic languages.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Germanic languages.  These organizations include Modern Language AssociationAmerican Association of Teachers of German, and American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).