World Language Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
Specializations in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

The World Language Education program gives students the opportunity to combine classroom theory with field and clinical experiences. Starting in the first semester, students engage in a variety of field experiences that provide valuable insight into the teaching profession. The culminating experience for a World Language Education major is the professional year. In collaboration with local K-12 teachers and administrators, teacher candidates spend two consecutive semesters in a school setting being mentored by teachers in their area. Spanish Education majors may request to conduct a field experience in Lamar and Aldine, Texas in order to work with Spanish heritage speakers.

Career Opportunities

World Language Education is within the School of Teaching and Learning and prepares students for a career teaching one of the eight languages licensed by the State of Ohio. Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages have led to a critical shortage of highly qualified language teachers, especially as awareness of the need for understanding the languages and cultures of our global neighbors grows.


Students who want to teach French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese in elementary (Pre-K-8) or secondary (6-12) schools may pursue the World Language Education program. This program requires the core BG Perspective courses and the college requirements, a specialization in one of the languages listed above, an academic year abroad (or acceptable equivalent for native speakers and bilingual candidates), a series of professional education courses, professional exams (ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and early field and clinical teaching experiences in world language classrooms. These components prepare students to apply for a multi-age (3-21) teaching license in the language.

Education Abroad

Bowling Green State University is renowned for its Education Abroad programs, which offer students the linguistic and cultural benefits of extended living and studying in another language and culture. Teacher candidates work with the Education Year Abroad office, the World Language Education program coordinator and language advisors regarding the timing of their abroad and on-campus courses. Study abroad programs in Spain and Austria are directed by BGSU faculty members in collaboration with local, on site professors. Students pay regular BGSU tuition and receive full academic credit for their coursework abroad. In addition, students may apply for university or departmental scholarships.

On-Campus Opportunities To Build Language Proficiency

College Highlights

The College of Education and Human Development focuses on the education of professionals who positively impact the development of individuals, families, communities, schools, and other societal institutions. The college vision is to promote a dynamic community of lifelong learners and leaders. BGSU’s teacher education program is one of the most respected in the country. BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The professors in the College of Education and Human Development are former classroom teachers who are knowledgeable about current attitudes and practices in classrooms. They serve as academic advisors and take a personal interest in students’ professional development.

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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